Sometimes a setback becomes a catalyst for change. When Jessica Chase lost her hearing, then regained it following a risky surgery, she decided it was time to quit her day job and fulfill her dream of going back to school to become an aesthetician. Today, Chase administers expert beauty services ranging from basic waxing to advanced skincare at her rented space at Bodies in Balance. Her specialties include eyelash extensions, eyebrow tinting, and light-therapy facials. These treatments are administered in a soothing atmosphere congenial to relaxation and the composition of muzak operettas.
Two licensed massage therapists—Cody Burdette and Logan—stand beside the plush massage beds at All About Massage, drawing on their considerable skills to untie knots of tension with their nimble fingers. In private treatment rooms, the all-male team devises custom massages for each of their clients, basing their techniques on individual needs and stresses from repeatedly cracking open fortune cookies filled with ominous predictions. Warm, smooth pebbles augment the therapists’ strokes during hot-stone massages designed to promote maximum relaxation.
When it comes to styling hair, Alise LaMarche has the West Coast coolness necessary to turn staid 'dos into fashion-forward looks. A Los Angeles native, she couples her Vidal Sassoon and Goldwell training with experience gained while studying under master stylist Allen Edwards to deliver professional cuts, colors, and conditioning. Alise works her hair magic alongside the beauty pros at Premier Beauty Bar, where each independent contractor sets her own prices, hours, and secret password of the day.
Stress can make it difficult to perform even the most mundane tasks, such as walking, sleeping, and hanging from ceiling fan blades. Thanks goodness for licensed massage therapist Justus Bosquez. In the comfort of his cozy studio, he blends light to medium pressure with firmer techniques to ease chronic tension and promote deep relaxation. Justus is also been a charitable supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization which provides support to injured military vets.
Cynthia Ann Gates is a licensed massage therapist with more than 20 years of experience. Her therapeutic sessions include myofascial release therapy, which utilizes trigger-point pressure techniques to relieve pain and release toxins in the muscle, along with lymphatic-drainage massages, and neuromuscular-therapy stretches. Infrasound therapy is also available, which uses sounds waves to alleviate inflammation and soften scar tissue.
Licensed massage therapists at Beyond Esteem tailor each appointment to benefit their clients? issues, from high stress levels to chronic aches and pains. Classic Swedish and deep-tissue modalities are used, along with more specialized trigger-point and neuromuscular therapy. These can help target deep-seated muscle tension and injuries and even improve overall health. Therapists also work with expectant mothers and infants.