When Karoline Vaz immigrated to St. Louis from Brazil, she was inundated with local support to help learn English. She vowed to return the favor, but wasn't sure how. The epiphany came while she was receiving a massage: she'd heal the country that had given her so much by becoming a licensed massage therapist. Now in the comfort of her cozy studio, Karoline works alongside her fellow therapist, Tarris. Clients can seek their expertise for a wide variety of therapeutic techniques––sports massage, hot-stone therapy, and deep-tissue pressure to name a few.
In 2010 and 2011, St. Louis Magazine crowned The Face and The Body the city’s Best Salon and Spa. KSDK Channel 5 also found the spa entrancing, and its profile highlights the flagship location’s Oasis room, calming waterfall, and a crackling fireplace where stressed guests can burn incriminating documents. Potted plants join the scene at all of the spa locations, and visitors lounge among them while wearing plush robes and sipping complimentary designer teas, coffee, or wine.
These amenities set the stage for classic spa treatments such as a massage with heated and ice-cooled river stones or a seaweed body wrap. Incorporating the tranquil atmosphere of the spa, the salon transforms appearances with designer cuts and Platinum Seamless hair extensions as well as nail services that draw on hot stones, paraffin treatments, and essential oils.
When Karoline Vaz came to St. Louis from her native Brazil, she had only planned to polish her English skills. But she fell in love with the city and its people, and decided to stay in America. While she agonized over a career path, a friend bought Vaz her first massage to help her relax. That massage gave Vaz the direction she needed—she was so affected by the service that she decided to become a massage therapist.
Now, Vaz joins four other licensed massage therapists at Health & Harmony Massage Therapy, LLC to deliver massage and body treatments to their personal lineup of clients. Each therapist works with the same clients for every appointment and takes detailed, confidential notes about their health. This enables the therapists to closely track clients’ progress, massage preferences, and assess clients’ ability to read their notes upside down. After their treatments, clients can sip complimentary refreshments in the center’s relaxation room.
If you ask Jodi Hudson the secret to running a successful hair salon, you might find her answer refreshingly simple: hair. Hudson, who spent 15 years teasing 'dos at other froufrou salons full of bells and whistles, decided to focus strictly on haircare when she opened Lakeview Hair Salon in 2004.
The basic goal of taming, nourishing, and shaping hair goes into everything Hudson does at her salon, from assembling a staff of skilled friseurs to stocking the shelves with top-notch products, such as Aquage and Paul Mitchell. And well-rounded haircare means that eyebrow waxing, perms, and bridal updos shaped like hairbrushes are also on the menu.
The chiropractors at Weldon Spring Chiropractic have the knowledge to detect spinal irregularities using only their hands. But they don't stop there. They also reveal the workings of the spine with x-rays and thermal scans, and then correct issues with treatments that range from spinal decompression to pain-relieving cold-laser therapy. Patients with scoliosis can opt for corrective rehabilitative programs that use advanced Pneumex equipment.
Owner Zebrina Looney and her energetic, multicultural staff empathize with clients who have been stung by the arrogance that sometimes permeates swanky salons. That's why they take pains to communicate style suggestions and treatment details in a way that clients can understand, infusing strands with glamorous formal and everyday styles in a non-intimidating atmosphere. The employee roster brings together fresh beauty-school graduates and veteran stylists who all share the same love of hair and dipping french braids in french dressing. Their diverse career accomplishments include publishing work online and in magazines, styling for professional photo shoots, and serving as educator for premium hair-product manufacturers such as Paul Mitchell and Biolonic.
A flat-screen TV and complimentary coffee, soda, and snacks contribute to the salon's laid-back atmosphere, and decor accents of wrought-iron wall art and granite countertops exude an aura of streamlined sophistication.