Sara Stoddard, the licensed massage therapist at Compassionate Wellness, combines Thai bodywork and traditional deep-tissue massage to deliver relaxation and healing to stressed sinews and muscles. The treatment begins with a oneness blessing that is said to allow for a transfer of energy by touch, intensify awareness, and pardon a lifetime of sneezes. Patrons recline upon a futon-like floor mat as oils soothe the back, neck, and feet, and stretches and passive yoga positions boost flexibility and bloodflow. Rhythmic compressions both relieve tension and release caged endorphins back into the wild. Patients should wear comfortable slacks, such as workout pants or cashmere Zubaz, and upper-body coverage will be provided for ladies.
Licensed massage therapist Gordon Hitchcock enlists his expertise in eight massage therapies to tailor full-body rubdowns to specific client concerns. The tissue tenderizer employs the long and flowing strokes of a Swedish massage to melt stress and soothe aches, and utilizes deep-tissue kneads to scuba dive into muscles to unbundle aching knots and unearth swallowed treasure chests. For clients with specific pain, the therapist may employ trigger-point therapy or customized sports techniques. Clogged lymph nodes can release their pent-up tension and toxins during a manual lymphatic-drainage treatment. After the rubdown, clients may reap the rewards of reduced stress levels and lither limbs that enable them to reach the highest kitchen cabinet or finally pet the family giraffe on its head.
Inside Salon Extasy's distinctive black and lime-green interior, staffers draw from more than 30 years of combined experience when designing cuts or taming manes with thermal straightening. To do so, they rely on high-quality products from lines such as Paul Mitchell, Bed Head, and Nioxin.
But for all their hairstyling savvy, the beauty experts attend to more than just the area above the hairline. Aestheticians vacate follicles with waxing services and refresh skin with facials. Elsewhere, massage therapists dissolve tension with hot stones, exfoliation, or their bare hands.
At Ambition Salon, Kerrie Denning treats clients to helpings of styling expertise, as well as a host of nourishing hair and skin treatments. During the cut and condition, Kerrie deftly wields scissors to transform tresses into stylish new ‘dos. To restore lost luster, a keratin conditioning treatment swathes hair in a nutrient-rich blend that penetrates strands to fight frizz and leave locks as shiny and smooth as a bodybuilder dolphin. For an epidermal makeover, expertly applied spray tans impart bodies with a bronzed and healthful glow. A sunless alternative to tanning beds, spray sessions deliver skin-kissed color without the health risks of UV-ray exposure. Alternately, waxing services help defuzz faces, quickly facilitating the face’s breakup process with unwanted hair and saving clients the awkwardness of having to divide up shared DVD collection.