From working as a makeup artist on daytime drama One Life to Live to enhancing the faces that grace Redbook, Brenda Sotolongo has spent the past 32 years helping her clients feel beautiful in their skin. She and her staff, licensed aestheticians with nine years of make-up industry experience in television and film, share this expertise during makeup-application classes, teaching techniques and tricks to contour cheekbones, augment pouts, and downplay newly evolved gills. In order to address common skin issues such as acne and sun damage, Sotolongo has also created her own line of cosmetics called ProSoto, which are packed with minerals and vivid pigments and lack pore-clogging ingredients and harsh dyes.
Ambiance Day Spa's staff of aestheticians and licensed massage therapists gives clients its undivided attention during facials, manicures, and powerful skin-peel treatments. Nail specialist Cecilia tends to fingers and toes with paraffin dips and vibrant coats of gel polish, and licensed massage therapists Jennifer James and Brianna tends to stress with one of seven massage modalities. At the client’s request or in response to Bat-Signals, the staff works together to assemble spa packages that suit a range of budgets.
At In Harmony Therapeutic Massage, a Swedish massage isn't just a Swedish massage. Nor is a deep-tissue massage just a deep-tissue massage. Instead, the massage therapist uses a traditional massage style as a base to create a custom massage tailored for the individual. To achieve this, communication goes both ways, with the client talking about their preferences and goals, and the therapist educating the client about the benefits they can achieve with bodywork. A session will normally draw strokes from numerous massage modalities, ensuring that, as with the amount of chest hair on the former presidents, no two massages are ever the same.
Ceez, the owner of Ceez Genesis Salon, doesn't believe in fitting in. Instead, she stands out from the crowd and helps her clients do the same. She adopted this perspective from her grandmother and nurtured it by becoming a model, a makeup artist, and a mentor for the young style mavens who've crossed her path. After a stint on the West Coast, she returned to her Indiana stomping grounds to found a salon that helps clients from all cultures flaunt their inner beauty on the outside. Here, four stylists and a master barber shear and color locks as an aesthetician performs facials with ilike products made from organic, handpicked fruits, veggies, and herbs. Staffers also tend to brows and beards by removing unwanted hair and pesky dandelion patches.
Heather Hasty defines the word anature as meaning from the earth, a concept she tries to uphold in each of her massage and bodywork services. The owner and head therapist at Anature Massage & Wellness, which is located inside Fisher Office Suites, incorporates organic creams and lotions into each of her treatments, which focus on natural and alternative methods of pain relief such as stretching, reflexology, and distracting the pained muscles with a muscle-size Rubik's cube.
After more than 700 credit hours, Heather earned her massage-therapy certification in 1995, but she didn’t stop there. Instead, she continues to upgrade her repertoire with new massage techniques including trigger point, Asian reflexology, and Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy, which concentrates on restoring circulation to deep muscles with blocked blood or lymphatic flow.
Dannielle Snellenberger—the massage therapist behind IRA Massage and Bodywork—has trained in a wide variety of modalities, and stays ahead of industry trends as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She specializes in sports and deep-tissue massage, loosening taut muscles within the center's small, private spa or in clients' homes. Snellenberger also is certified in techniques such as hydrotherapy and Siddha body detoxification, an ancient Indian method that aims to draw out impurities with heated oil.
Snellenberger enhances massage sessions with warm river rocks and essential oils, and offers several soothing spa treatments. She also performs corporate chair massages that can enhance employee productivity and reduce the number of pencils stuck in ceilings.
Geist Chiropractic's licensed chiropractors offer holistic and natural solutions for a variety of conditions. Dr. Urvi Vayas performs chiropractic adjustments to correct spinal subluxations, attempting to take pressure off of nerves and enhance normal bodily function. She also offers massage therapy, working to eliminate stress, muscle tensions, and inflexibility.
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