Tiffany Holmes, a certified Prenatal massage and bodywork therapist, tailors her techniques to address each client’s symptoms and boost his or her mental and physical harmony. Tiffany also takes the time to talk with each client before each treatment to assess their goals to ensure the best possible results. Her repertoire of techniques includes Swedish, hot-stone, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massage. She also uses a targeted combination of Biofreeze and warm towels to loosen tense sinews or cryogenically preserve them. Helm isn’t yoked to her studio, either: she brings her services to clients on location, kneading knots in offices and at parties.
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Dr. Matthew Zimmerman has 15 years worth of stories as proof of his devotion to healing entire families. "We had a child referred by a local hospital—4 months old, always leaned his head to the side," the doctor says, his voice sure. "The top bone of his spine (his atlas) shifted during birth, so we gently put it back into place. Right there in front of the mother, the baby raised his head for the first time. We were all bawling." That child is 2 now, his neck fully straight. But the work is never finished.
With the motto of "health by choice, not by chance," Dr. Zimmerman tries to create an environment that will make it pleasant for clients to work toward well-being. While waiting for an adjustment, orthotics, or rehabilitative therapy, patrons can test wellness knowledge with looping TV trivia, and kids can nosh on healthy treats such as raisins, nuts, and fiber-packed fitness magazines.
"We love to stick the kids' artwork right there on the wall," says the doctor, who is also a certified chiropractic extremities practitioner. "I do extremity adjustments for weekend warriors, athletes, soccer moms, runners—anyone," he says. Dr. Zimmerman can even look at gait analyses from local running stores or analyze a client's best giraffe impression to suss out the source of tension. Low murmurs drift along with exorcized tension from treatment rooms, where massage therapists work. "Our therapist is great,” the doctor says. “Someone will come in clearly in stress, and I'll say, 'Make that boy fall asleep,’ and she'll put him down like a big bear."
Calling upon her training at the Daytona Institute of Massage Therapy and the knowledge that led to her subsequent certification, massage therapist Kelly Murdick heals the sore backs of local athletes and community members with a variety of massage modalities. Though her methods— which range from tissue-stretching myofascial release to the healing aromatherapy of the Raindrop technique—address specific aches and injuries, they share common goals of easing the mind’s stresses and the body’s tensions. Along with her massages, Kelly fights cellulite with Parafango treatments and cocoons bodies in wraps designed to stimulate blood flow and promote the growth of nascent wings.
While a husband’s compliment may turn his wife’s day around, very rarely does it turn into a business. But that’s what happened when Pat Helmandollar’s husband called her a savvy business woman. Since 1967, Helmandollar has used her beauty savvy to work inside salons, own three businesses, teach stylists from all over the world, and helm a team of licensed beauty professionals.
Stylists cut and color hair or add texture, hair extensions, or hair tinsel that decorates strands and gives cats something else to eat. Alternatively, estheticians can remove tension in the face with heated basalt stones and cold marble stones or render a customized chemical peel to get rid of dead skin cells and smoothen skin. Massage therapists balance chakras by blending visualization and touch or add luxury to massages by laying down a literal bed of roses for clients to rest upon in candlelight, rather than the more common industrial torch light used in other salons.
Aside from using their relaxation- and beauty-inducing treatments as a tonic for stress, the salon and day spa also contributes to non-profit causes. Savvy makes donations to the Make A Wish Foundation and rewards clients who give more than $5 worth of monetary or toy donations by entering them into a drawing for one gratis service per month for an entire year.
Lorrie Emory has tended to the skincare needs of men and women for more than 20 years. Working within Sola Salons Cornelius, she deftly wields the DiamondSkin microdermabrasion wand, sweeping away damaged skin cells without leaving behind potentially irritating crystal residue. Her facials purify pores with extractions and stimulate skin with treatments such as oxygen therapy, and chemical peels speed up the natural exfoliation process to unearth youthful-looking skin hiding just beneath the surface. She also helps bodies get beach-ready with waxing services for the face and full body, and offers tinting for both eyelashes and eyebrows, allowing faces to skip mascara and the arduous task of training caterpillars to arch in sync.
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