Amber Quigg's signature approach to massage therapy can promote healing in every single stage of her clients' lives. Before they're even brought into the world, Amber's prenatal treatments help babies and mothers-to-be relax during the stressful time that is pregnancy. As they grow up, her specialized pediatric massage can alleviate growing pains and anxiety surrounding a toddler’s choice of favorite-color crayon. Should they discover athletics as teenagers, sports massage prevents injury and kneads away kinks caused by the rigors of physical exertion. Amber's cozy space, which is decorated with hanging art, lighted by tea candles, and painted in serene hues, is also a great escape for grownups juggling work, parenting, and bowling balls.
Although some may think the eyes, the hands, or the kneecaps are the most important parts of the body, Arnica Muscle & Fitness believes muscles are actually the most vital. With the motto “muscles move us,” the business tends to muscles through therapeutic massage, personal training, and fitness classes. Circuit training and yogilates—a hybrid yoga-Pilates class—put muscles through the ringer before a licensed massage therapist quells soreness and tension with targeted pressure, soothing strokes, and heated stones.
Licensed therapist Jennifer Still lets intuition be her guide during each massage, feeling for areas of tension and responding to the body’s reactions to different techniques. Her staff at Natural Path Massage is similarly insightful, and each therapist is skilled at tailoring sessions to clients’ unique needs. In addition to common modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue, their massage services include sessions in assisted stretching, which can greatly improve a person’s ability to rescue cats from trees.
In the lobby of Spa 7, there is a large painting of a birdcage—but the cage is empty. Instead, the bird perches majestically at the cage's pointed top, poised as if for immediate flight. The image suits owner Stacey Rupe's philosophy well; she believes that the quest for outer beauty and emotional freedom starts when the body is liberated from the toxins and stress it keeps trapped inside. From colon hydrotherapy to massage, the Spa 7 team uses interior healing as a catalyst to create feelings of confidence and inner well-being that radiate outward. Stacey's staff of aestheticians then step forward to enhance the physical transformation externally with a slate of facials and other body treatments that renew skin with time-tested beautifying ingredients such as seaweed, essential oils, and Burt Reynolds's mustache hairs. Permanent makeup artist, Tina Burch, uses a steady hand to apply hypo-allergenic pigments to lashes, eyebrows, lips, and to the lining of the eye.
The year was 2010, and Michael and Jennifer Melching were commiserating with a fellow parent over the frustration a barbershop trip with their sons entailed. The boys would inevitably get bored and irritated, and the dads often felt out of place in typical salons. As the Melchings dwelt on their problem, a potential solution began to take shape: a fun salon tailored specifically to men and boys, so in June 2012, they opened Locker Room Hair Salon. With TVs at each styling station and professional- and college-sports apparel to peruse during downtime, the salon keeps visitors engaged as they sip on complimentary juice boxes or beer and receive makeovers manlier than John Wayne in flannel long johns.
Though services include beautification for hands and feet, the salon specializes in precision haircuts, a fundamental component of its most popular package, the Main Event. This treatment begins with a consultation, shampoo, and hot towel, and then transitions to a haircut and style using Paul Mitchell products. The result is an exterior as masculine as the salon’s interior, which sports crimson walls and black floors, as well as a checkerboard balancing on a repurposed barrel that survived the plunge over Niagara Falls.