Having planned and executed massage therapy for the Tennessee Titans and competitors in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, the muscle menders at Athletic Edge know how to help the body recover from physical trauma and athletic exertion. Their highly individualized treatments pull from more than 15 modalities—soothing muscles with gliding Swedish strokes, targeting the deeper connective tissue with neuromuscular therapy, and even combining salutary techniques to treat the underlying causes of aches. Although the gentle or directed kneading can have a distinctively relaxing effect, the therapists specialize in jump-starting clients' natural healing processes and helping them overcome the soft-tissue pains that athletic activity, auto accidents, and full-contact charades can cause. The studios also partner with chiropractors and physical therapists to form a one-stop treatment center for athletes, with particular modalities complementing the strains incurred by particular sports.
Parasol Beauty Atelier recruited Laura for her expertise with the technical aspects of skincare and her deep understanding of the emotional importance of looking good. As a former acne sufferer, Laura is familiar with the pain of breakouts and being penalized for reckless cleansing. This experience led her to become an expert healer of problematic skin, and an undergraduate degree in psychology taught her to express that empathy with her clients.
Recently she traveled to the Dermaquest skin therapy headquarters with Parasol Beauty Atelier’s owner to learn to incorporate microrollers into her facials and time-off requests into her smile. Her nimble hands apply complimentary touch-ups with Youngblood Cosmetics after refreshing complexions with Eminence organic and Dermaquest products, and she also deftly corrals body hair with wax.
The staff of stylists at Aziza's Salon and Spa cuts and colors the hair of their male and female clients using products from Pureology. Stylists add body and curl to manes with texturizing perms or smooth frizz more efficiently with keratin straightening treatments. In treatment rooms, aestheticians purge pores of dirt and oil with express and full facials and whisk away unwanted hair with waxing services, which yield longer-lasting results than shaving, and carry less risk than felling each hair individually with a miniature battle-ax.
Bianca de Jong launched her first spa boutique in the Netherlands. After helming it for more than 10 years, she hopped the pond and landed in California, where she opened Forest Spa Boutique. To keep her services aligned with European standards, de Jong regularly returns to the Old World, learning new skills and expanding her collection of Big Ben key chains. She specializes in facial treatments related to aging, and can enhance each appointment with add-ons including peels, massages, and paraffin dips. During a customized massage, she blends essential oils with carrier oils to create a soothing aroma that is rubbed and kneaded into the skin. De Jong also grooms body hair with a gentle Italian wax that quickly ousts unwanted strands and vermicelli noodles.
Eliana and Viviane Jardim grew up on the beaches of Brazil, and when they moved to the United States, they brought a little bit of the Brazilian sun with them. The business they opened, Samba Glow, specializes in personalized airbrush spray tans. Armed with a spray applicator, technicians apply either a clear solution that develops over the course of 8–10 hours or a bronzer that’s visible right away. The DHA-based formula for each is free of harsh chemicals, preservatives, white tempera paint, and artificial fragrances, leaving room for certified-organic aloe-vera extracts, vitamin A, vitamin E, and various antioxidants that help leave skin firm and smooth. At their new Menlo Park location, the Jardim sisters decided to branch out into other beautification services—such as waxing and a full lash and brow bar—as well as retail, selling bathing suits and resort-wear designed to show off the tanning techs’ handiwork.