Inside sage green and lavender treatment rooms, guests at Elphabala Massage unwind under licensed massage therapist Amanda Gyldholm-Kermes's steady hands. Amanda descends on sore muscles with deep-tissue pressure or long, slow kneads during Swedish sessions. Either way, she tailors her strokes to suit each client?which is why she begins each of her sessions with a consultation.
Jesse Gilbert at Elphabala Massage soothes away aches and stress with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages. His treatments seek to expel toxins and improve blood circulation. He can even ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia with a specialized massage designed to target improve range of motion and increase production of the body's natural painkillers.
Color your Tips' lead technician has been doing nails for more than 20 years. At this nail spa located inside Platinum Black Salon, she specializes in artificial enhancements, nail art,
and natural mani-pedis. The service menu runs the gamut from acrylic to gel to fiberglass mani-pedis. Color Your Tips favors leading brands of nail products, such as OPI, CND, and China Glaze.
Potted trees and paintings of scenic getaways welcome visitors into Sundeck Tanning Salon, a beach-themed bronzing studio that is owned and operated by a team of female tanning experts. Posters of bikini-clad beauties provide inspiration to bodies waiting to use the salon's spray-tanning booths and beds, with underlying captions that display tips for maximizing their new glow's lifespan, such as moisturizing it regularly and packing it in ice each night. Tanning products available for purchase lend vibrant pops of color to the shop's clean, white shelves, and include offerings from popular brands such as Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold.
Bella Vita Massage Therapy owner and licensed massage therapist Stephanie Swango calls upon the skills she picked up at Dayton School of Medical Massage to soften and soothe muscles. To maximize the therapeutic benefits of each session, she encourages clients to arrive a few minutes early so that a brief consultation and prep does not interfere with the duration of the treatment. After clients lie down on her massage table, she pores over their muscles with a relaxing Swedish massage, which induces relaxation, or deep-tissue massage, which utilizes focused pressure and stretching to relieve the soreness that typically comes from wrestling with a bungee cord.
Nathan Baxter found his dream career in a not-so-comfortable way: by getting a concussion. In a high-school wrestling practice, his opponent tossed him into a solid metal door, and when he woke up, he had whiplash, as well as a nasty bump on the head. When his prescription didn't seem to help with the problem and he continued to miss school, his family doctor referred him to a chiropractor, and a few adjustments later, he was sleeping soundly and back in class. That experience set him on a path that would lead to founding his own chiropractic office, and to 5 years of helping other people overcome their injuries, structural problems, and discomfort.