As soon as Nick Panos had his first massage, he was hooked. The healthy high he experienced inspired a longing to share his experience with others, so he attended the Knox County Career Center School of Massage Therapy and obtained his license to knead. After graduation, he worked for a nationwide massage franchise, serving 1,000 clients and adding 1,200 hours of experience to his resumé. Though he is now an independent therapist, he strengthens his muscle-pain-mitigating chops with educational courses and maintains a membership with Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Nick specializes in custom therapeutic massage. This approach blends Hawaiian, Swedish, and deep-tissue techniques with stretches to soothe muscles fatigued by exercise, constant bending, and wrestling with sharks. For clients with especially tense muscles, Nick can focus all his energy on stubborn knots and adhesions with deep-tissue massage and topical warming and cooling gels. During couples massages, he joins forces with fellow therapist Valerie Vancouver. His studio, located in the Capital Club, includes a spa area with locker rooms, a sauna and steam room, and towel service. When he isn't working on his home turf, he offers mobile massages by traveling to homes and hotels or by briefly rubbing the shoulders of every person he passes on the street.
In an accommodating downtown location, the licensed Take Ten therapists stretch clients out on comfortable massage beds and cast a long list of lightning-charged spells to induce relaxation. Repose in daydreamy reveries during a therapeutic massage, which uses deep-tissue techniques to deactivate trigger points in muscles, increase blood flow, and remove toxins. Or, opt for a Swedish massage, which works the soft body tissues with long, flowing effleurages, tapotements, frictions, and vibrations to relieve pain, stiffness, and stress caused by scaling thousands of candied fish for yesterday’s office party.
Highlighted by a black-and-white color scheme, high ceilings, and exposed ductwork, Erika Taylor Urban Spa’s industrial aesthetic stands in contrast to its botanically based spa treatments. And though the skincare and massage services involve plant-based emollients, they also leverage cutting-edge techniques and technologies. For instance, HydraFacials resurface skin and deliver an intense dose of moisture via an instrument that loosens and lifts away dull skin cells by creating a vortex. Hair and nail treatments round out the service menu, helping clients become beautiful from head to dewclaw.
Nicci Debro begins each spa package by beautifying the face—the easily damaged stained-glass window of the body's temple—with a 30-minute cleansing facial. This treatment stimulates, tones, and moisturizes your skin, leaving it cleaner, healthier, and more visible in a pitch-black room. During your mini mani and mini pedi, Nicci Debro’s talented technicians will trim, shape, and polish your nails to such a shimmer that no person of character would ever permit you to open a jar of pickles on your own. Beyond the bounds of this bundle, you can also use this Groupon to try a new tint for your luscious locks ($65), a full leg and bikini wax ($77), an hour-long Swedish massage ($75), or any other permutation of pampering.
Acclaimed in the salon community, Jacob Neal has performed multiple tours of duty in the war against split ends from NYC to C-Bus. Every stylist at Jacob Neal's salon receives in-depth training from the beloved hair hero himself, which includes vision quests, blindfolded hair extensioning, and shampoo taste tests. You'll get to choose whether you want a master, senior, junior stylist managing your mane. Ladies can get their luscious locks cut and styled ($60 master, $50 senior, $35 junior), while their dudes get dappered in the next chair ($25–$40). Women experiencing a three-alarm follicle fire can call on the services of Jacob Neal himself for their haircut ($175). The salon also is quite adept at blow-dry styling ($20–$40), perms and relaxers ($85–$150), coloring ($50–$65), and highlighting ($50–$90/partial).
Each of the professionals at Creative Beauty Salon boasts her own range of specialties. Two members of the team are particularly adept at sew-in extensions and hair weaving, and all of the stylists are well prepared to handle the needs of natural hair. An in-salon color-and-highlight specialist can also shift roles to smooth skin with facial waxing, and a nail technician focuses solely on keratin residing below the neck, enhancing nails' natural beauty with mani-pedis, acrylic nails, and nail design. They can also impart beauty tips during makeup applications and can easily tend to the beauty needs of larger groups such as wedding parties or competitive conga-liners.
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