As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Inside a charming Victorian house, Lindsey Garger works, digging into her toolbox of shears, clippers, and professional styling products daily to give each client a look of their own. Specializing in colors and highlights, her skills cover the gamut of hair sculpting, from wedding updos to a bangs trim.
Since 1977, Cascade Athletic Clubs have distinguished themselves from typical gyms with their vast array of amenities, which range from big-screen TVs to a seasonal waterpark. In their fitness studios, instructors boost students’ flexibility during Pilates workouts, lead seniors through age-appropriate workout techniques during Silver Sneakers classes, or teach students how to dance to fast-paced music during Zumba. The dedicated team of personal trainers, meanwhile, help athletes stay motivated on a one-on-one basis, and tailor their regimens to individual goals that range from weight loss to preparing for an upcoming marathon. For independent workouts, athletes can play pick up games on the gyms’ basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts or swim laps in the indoor salt-water pools. They can also bulk up with Life Fitness machines, free weights, and Stair Masters designed to build strong enough leg muscles to conquer even the most daunting out-of-order escalator.
New Leaf Skin Care owner and aesthetician Shellie Barker and her massage-therapist husband Andy dole out stress relief in many forms. Andy, a licensed massage therapist, calls on the 22 years of medical experience he gained in the military to assuage his clients' chronic tension and nagging pains. Beyond fostering relaxation and stress relief with his soothing massages, he possesses a knack for mending athletic injuries through focused, results-oriented techniques.
Shellie, for her part, administers customized facials using Bioelements skincare products in an effort to treat each client's individual needs. All products use no artificial colorants, synthetic fragrances, or animal testing.
The experienced therapists at Free Spirit Massage turn to tried-and-true holistic methods to heal muscle tightness, pains, and stress. They customize each massage to suit their guests’ needs, harnessing a variety of modalities that stretch beyond the basic Swedish massage. When the staff isn’t improving joint flexibility and range of motion with their massages, they’re pampering guests with detoxifying ion foot spas and wraps. They also soften skin with customized exfoliating scrubs crafted from dead sea salt, raw sugar, or ground coffee that incorporate a blend of botanicals, pure plant oils, and the bottled whispers of a reassuring grandmother.
Driven by an innate desire to help heal those in pain and to educate, licensed massage therapist Sarah Taylor committed herself to the bodywork field. At Taylor Made Energetics, Sarah uses many different bodywork techniques to relieve a number of symptoms ranging from headaches to diminished joint range of motion and mobility.
Sarah relaxes clients as she floods bodies with warmth during hot-stone massages, which she only offers during colder months. In a tranquil setting of candles, soft lighting, and soothing music, Sarah performs the hot-stone massages with skill and dexterity, allowing clients to fully relax and enjoy the experience.