With many locations throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
As a child, Aimee Murphy began her career massaging her dad's feet for a quarter a piece. Understandably, the price has increased since then, but so has her passion for healing touch. Aimee contends that there are few things more powerful than touch, often using Reiki during sessions at her private Medicina Massage & Bodywork studio.
Whether it's for preventative medicine or in conjunction with more conventional forms of healthcare, Aimee works closely with clients to ensure deep-tissue and ashiatsu techniques are tailored to the individual. By using the ashiatsu foot-pressure techniques, Aimee can reach lower-layer muscles and weigh herself on the scales that are often tattooed on clients' backs.
Her massages take place on a table equipped with a FAR-infrared bio mat that further soothes muscles, detoxifies the body, and boosts circulation, and she employs therapeutic-grade essential oils, as well. For those who want to learn more about the oils, Aimee teaches complimentary classes on using them for health purposes, cleansing, and calming the senses.
Throughout his career, licensed massage therapist Kevin McLellan has been blending eastern and western techniques. While he was mastering western bodywork traditions, he also practiced acupressure, qi gong, and Judo?in fact, he's now a black belt.
At his massage studio, however, Kevin concentrates on just two modalities: Swedish and shiatsu massage. The treatments might vary in pressure and philosophy, but they share many similar benefits, including alleviated stress, reduced pain, and a better understanding of what it's like to be bread dough.
Roofer-turned-cosmetologist Garret Vogler opened Suite 101 Salon as a place to share his passion for precision haircuts and creative color. He is joined by a team of fellow stylists who embrace his enthusiasm for keeping ladies, gents, and life-like droids looking their best. The salon also offers body-waxing services and stocks its shelves with products from lines such as Paul Mitchell, Matrix Biolage, and China Glaze.
Schooled locally, Crystal Bolton specialized in hair and aesthetics before graduating and going on to assist a Paul Mitchell instructor for more than a year. Today, at Solos Salon, she applies that experience toward expert dry and wet cuts, coloring, and braiding?a skill she has mastered over the last 15 years. She also excels at weaves and extends her beautifying services to waxing treatments.
Although Andrea McCullough is a relative newcomer to the profession of massage therapy, she has been leading a life focused on mind-body connection since childhood. Formal dance lessons and dance meditation have taught her the importance of being present in your own body, which she relates to creating comfort and relaxation during massage therapy.