On her path to becoming a massage therapist, Kim Hayes learned how to take control of her health and better understand her own body. Today, this knowledge of the human anatomy reveals itself through her massage work and aids her in helping others improve their own health. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Hayes has mastered a whole host of massage-therapy services ranging from Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massage to reflexology, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release. Hayes likes to use heat to induce deeper states of relaxation, employing heated beds, warm towels, and grilled cucumbers to ease aches and pains buried deep in the body.
"Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life". Since she was a child, Ashley Petet had heard this old adage repeated, but never believed it until enrolling in the Institute of Massage Therapies. There she found a deep satisfaction in helping others feel better. Under expert guidance, she fine-tuned her Swedish massage and trigger point techniques, as well as receiving education in cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release, and energy healing. Now Ashley loves her job as a certified massage therapist and everyday slackens muscles in the comfort of her own Just Breathe Massage studio.
LaZahla Hair Salon & Day Spa pampers with a wide selection of services six days a week. Stylists cut and color while nail technicians paint colorful polish onto fingernails and toenails during mani-pedis. An aesthetician refreshes faces with facials, and the steady hands of a waxing specialist can turn eyebrows into perfect replicas of the Gateway Arch. If some of those services weren't relaxing enough, massages knead away tense muscles during a stress-free 60- or 90-minute session.
There's a hidden ingredient in every treatment at Alicia's Salon and Day Spa: enthusiasm. Alicia's staff of licensed specialists credit the enjoyment that they take in their work for much of its successful results. Their makeovers also depend on thorough consultations with clients and on trusted products (most of which come from Redken). But a fondness for their art fuels the entire team, from apprentice-level members all the way up to master stylists.
Their services cover flattering trims, hair color, extensions, as well as texturing treatments such as keratin smoothing and CHI straightening. Aside from fashioning new 'dos, they pamper hands and feet with mani-pedis that include exfoliating scrubs and hot towels. Massages can be alone or with a partner in a private room, and facial services include peels and microdermabrasion. The salon also has a full calendar of specials, rewarding customers with deals six days a week.
More than a decade of professional massage experience flows from Monica Newton's fingers, which have mastered the therapeutic strokes of deep-tissue and trigger-point techniques. At Massage Therapy On Iron Bridge Road, she marshals this magic to ease the pain that stems from chronic health conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome. During deep-tissue massages, focused pressure melts knots buried deep in the muscle tissue, helping sinews recover. Swedish massages melt everyday stress by combining gentle taps, circular friction, and strokes as long and flowing as Rapunzel's dreadlocks. Newton also performs prenatal massages, which promote circulation and encourage moms-to-be to relax as their due dates approach.