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.
Carlie O’Leal, EnVision Massage Therapy’s experienced massage therapist, blends multiple modalities to suit each of her client’s needs. Muscle mollification begins with a verbal assessment and postural analysis to determine trouble spots. Carlie may employ a range of ameliorating therapy including deep tissue techniques, which target rarely-seen muscles buried fathoms below the skin, and Swedish massage, which gently diffuses bodily minefields with kneading strokes. Myofascial release and craniosacral therapy address soft tissue troubles and cranial sutures for gentle, proper alignment, and Thai massage both energizes and relaxes with yogic stretches. Carlie can adapt to the needs of baby-bundling physiques with pregnancy massage, or heat corporeal spots with the specific placement of warm, smooth sediment along the body during hot-stone massage. Trigger-point therapy focuses tender nodules in its viewfinder, eliminating nerve-impeding discomfort with marksman-like precision.
The aestheticians of JChelz renew façades with modern skin treatments, including the Bio-Therapeutic face-lift, which was recently featured on Oprah. During the 90-minute skin treatment, skin specialists direct low doses of electrical current that imitate the body's own electrical impulses. Gentle electricity surges through faces to stimulate and tone muscles and render faces as smooth and taut as the head of a djembe. A series of treatments may be necessary for optimal results.
Assisted by the FDA-approved CoolGuide laser, the experienced staff at Samaritan Cosmetic Services guides patients carefully through hair-reduction treatments, answering questions and addressing concerns along the way. The CoolGuide supplies each of its long, high-energy beams with fake security clearances to get past the epidermis and access hair roots. Unsuspecting follicles then absorb the laser light, converting it to heat that eliminates them but leaves surrounding cells unharmed. The CoolGuide's pulses affect only hair early in its growing cycle, but six sessions should be enough to deliver hair-free results. Like most shampoos, the CoolGuide is unable to treat blond or white hair.
Licensed massage therapist Janet Shelton has been giving massages “since before I can remember,” she says. At first, these were mostly casual sessions for her twin sister, who “was born asking for a massage.” But as Shelton grew up, she came to take her hobby more seriously. Coming from a family of nurses, she “always want[ed] to do something to help people,” and with its positive impacts on injury recovery, therapeutic massage seemed to fit the bill.
Since then, Shelton has supplemented her massage-therapy license with work experience in chiropractic offices and spas. Depending on a client’s needs, she can perform an active clinical massage with stretching and feedback or gently knead for a soothing, quiet experience. No matter the modality, clients can bring in their own music on an iPod and breathe in the scents of botanical oils Shelton blends by hand.
Ann Holland is fully licensed through the Everest Institute with certifications in chiropractic assistant and neuromuscular therapy to balance the nervous system. In the comfort of a private room, Ann applies Swedish strokes or soothing deep-tissue pressure. Also popular is her Thai on a table massage, which rids the body of tension while evoking the heavy rhythmic strokes of the Hulk listening to '70s music while kneading bread. Holland traces her passion for massage back to high school, and now, fully established in her career, she thoroughly enjoys helping others “find balance in their lives.”