As a young child, Kendra Leary loved walking on her father's back and giving her mother relaxing foot rubs––a massage fixation that translated well into high school. While other kids were at the mall or at sporting events, she read books on Swedish massage to practice on her friends and family. Now Kendra is a successful licensed massage therapist and a second-degree reiki practitioner operating out of her own Mystic Massage and Wellness studio. There, clients can solicit her expertise for techniques ranging from flowing Swedish strokes to hot-stone bodywork to more focused deep-tissue pressure.
Giovana Frei left her native Brazil to fine-tune healing techniques as a nurse, nurse instructor, and licensed massage therapist. Now as owner of Lemongrass Massage Therapy, Giovana soothes achy musculature with her specialty bodywork. Though her specialty is in neuromuscular therapy, Giovana can also alleviate tension with a traditional Thai massage or deep-tissue pressure.
Licensed massage therapist John Angles has been healing twisted muscles and knotted backs since 1993. His services include relaxing Swedish massages, targeted deep-tissue massages, and healing sports massages, which Angles has developed during thousands of therapy hours throughout his massage therapy career.
The recently opened Salon Element knows how to cater to each individual's personal hair type. The salon's attentive staff clips and colors both men's and women's tresses, and also provides healing keratin treatments to help manage frizz. Additionally, waxing services remove excess body hair leaving skin smooth enough to make baby dolphins jealous.
While a husband’s compliment may turn his wife’s day around, very rarely does it turn into a business. But that’s what happened when Pat Helmandollar’s husband called her a savvy business woman. Since 1967, Helmandollar has used her beauty savvy to work inside salons, own three businesses, teach stylists from all over the world, and helm a team of licensed beauty professionals.
Stylists cut and color hair or add texture, hair extensions, or hair tinsel that decorates strands and gives cats something else to eat. Alternatively, estheticians can remove tension in the face with heated basalt stones and cold marble stones or render a customized chemical peel to get rid of dead skin cells and smoothen skin. Massage therapists balance chakras by blending visualization and touch or add luxury to massages by laying down a literal bed of roses for clients to rest upon in candlelight, rather than the more common industrial torch light used in other salons.
Aside from using their relaxation- and beauty-inducing treatments as a tonic for stress, the salon and day spa also contributes to non-profit causes. Savvy makes donations to the Make A Wish Foundation and rewards clients who give more than $5 worth of monetary or toy donations by entering them into a drawing for one gratis service per month for an entire year.
The staff at Simply Sassy Kids Spa knows that children aren't immune to stress, whether it's caused by school, sports, or convincing their parents to eat broccoli. That's why its colorful, pastel-hued salon aims to relax young girls and instill them with positive self-images. They accomplish this through services that add kid-friendly touches to spa classics, such as mani-pedis with bubblegum hand soaks and fizzy, ice-cream-scented footbaths. The pint-sized pamperings—which also include updos and makeup application—delight girls during everyday visits as well as parties, which let kids nibble cupcakes atop cushy beanbag chairs.