The pampering professionals at Ethereal cater to clients' beauty-therapy needs with traditional spa services and high-tech light-therapy facials. A relaxing spa tour, the Made in Heaven package kicks off with a dip in the hot tub for 20 minutes of weightless hydrotherapeutic relaxation. A 60-minute Swedish massage unwinds tight muscles and relaxes the body with long, languorous strokes before a detoxifying sauna session, dry or steamy. The sauna's heat can extract body toxins, purifying pores and melting muscles the way a flock of baby dragons melts the heart.
Tiffany Pardue is a waxing specialist who rids unwanted body hair at Elite Salon-Spa-Studio. Her skilled hands carefully remove patches of hair from sensitive bikini areas. At the salon and spa, customers also will find services such as haircuts, manicures, massages, and facial treatments.
Christine Smith's aesthetics training is still fresh in her mind: she graduated from Paul Mitchell The School less than a year ago. Using her adept hands and a range of Redken products, she trims, styles, and conditions her clients' hair to create shapes more varied than the results of a circle-drawing contest. In addition to her signature highlights, she beautifies tresses with single-process color.
Christine tends to her clients inside the calming atmosphere of Salon D'va, where fellow beauty experts perform services ranging from spa mani-pedis to reflexology to aromatherapy massages.
A state-certified massage therapist, Pamela Thompson plied her trade in both the spa and medical fields. The range of her experience gives her a unique versatility; spa settings typically center on general relaxation and uplifting massages, whereas nursing homes and hospitals demand more therapeutic and clinical bodywork. At Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Services, she’s well equipped to uplift clients both emotionally and physically. With Swedish and hot-stone massages, she elicits feelings of bliss and looseness. Likewise, her specialties in deep-tissue, integrated, and prenatal massages allow her to treat muscle pain, symptoms of lingering injuries, and soreness from constructing geodesic-domed baby cribs.
Though people with a deep religious conviction tend to gravitate toward volunteer work or scholarship, the three massage therapists at Faith Heals Massage LLC took a different route. When they aren’t using their gifts to help clients along in their spiritual journeys, the therapists keep physical forms in top shape with massage services that draw on acupressure, Swedish, and reiki techniques, among others. Two of the therapists—Dallas and Elishia Hendricks—share more than the bond of marriage; both came to massage through their own struggles with injuries, and both proved their worth as therapists by kneading the knots out of a wooden table.
Working as a paramedic for 10 years, Beth Thompson witnessed the damage of unhealthy eating habits up close and personal. With a passion for wellness burnished by her experiences in that job, she earned her teacher’s license to show young people how to preempt diet-caused illness. That endeavor eventually led her to create Target Metabolism, a health-and-wellness company that champions weight loss through accurate analysis of the body and caloric tracking. Beth and her team of registered dieticians work with clients to create personal portraits of their metabolic needs, and they delve into thinking past carbohydrates and focusing on a “calories in vs. calories out” metric. This caloric count is based on the client's specific metabolism, rather than the average metabolism of the client's age, weight, height, and gender group. In addition to dieticians, the staff includes massage therapists that offer specific treatments to help the body relax during the weight-loss process. Modalities include hot stone and aromatherapy.
Kate Bilyj, Hygeia Healing Hands’ licensed massage therapist, has served as an official member of the massage-therapy team for the 2006 USA Track and Field National Championships and the 2008 USA Diving Olympic trials. Her vast knowledge of the human form and her experience in injury rehabilitation allow her to provide her clients with massages that nurture the mind and the body. She offers orthopedic massages, Swedish bodywork, sports massage, and active isolated stretching exercises.