It wasn’t until Karen Payne-Hill’s grandmother fell ill that Karen discovered just how much a massage could benefit the body. Seeing how simple touch could bring somebody so much physical and emotional relief, Karen switched gears and set out on a path that led her through a 630-hour massage-training program. Upon completing the program, she took up specialized training in more medical modes of therapy, such as orthopedic bodywork, geriatric massage, myoskeletal release, and spinal-reflex analysis, a treatment designed by Doctor of Chiropractic L. Frank Jarrell to relieve chronic pain and ease the symptoms of disease. Her skill set is not only wide like a 200:1 TV screen ratio but also deep—Karen has learned more than 20 variations of deep-tissue massage alone. In 2012, she founded A Healing Touch. And with a talented staff of massage therapists and healers, Karen continues her efforts to provide relief for those who are ailing or just in need of a relaxing massage. Besides modalities such as deep-tissue, relaxation, and pregnancy massage, the team uses alternative modes of healing, such as acupuncture and Thai-yoga relaxation.
Therapists Carolyn Strahan and Beth Stammen both honed their massage talents at Gateway Technical College, where under the tutelage of highly trained teachers, they learned muscular anatomy, pressure tolerance, and how to open a pickle jar with one finger. Now anyone can seek their skills at the Massageville studio in Florence. In the comfort of a private room, they perform circulation-inducing Swedish strokes, sports therapy, or firmer deep-tissue pressure to help alleviate tension and muscle aches. Hot stones and scalp massages also work to maximize relaxation.
Eden Salon & Spa specializes in hair, skin, and body services. Hairstylists offer cuts, coloring, and keratin treatments; then nail technicians take the baton and spruce up fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures complete with long-lasting Shellac polish. Also on hand are massage therapists who loosen muscles and spirits with Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
Licensed massage therapist Daniel J. Lester has spent the last 17 years soothing muscles with a variety of massage techniques, including deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massage. He joins a staff at The Holistic Wellness Center that works to help clients achieve improve their bodily, mental, and spiritual health. To that end, they perform hypnotherapy and reflexology treatments. In addition, they welcome clients to step inside the TheraSauna far infrared therapy system, which harnesses invisible infrared light to help repair muscle tissue and visible light to make sure you don?t think you?re in a black hole or Shaq?s shadow.
A haircut isn?t just a haircut for stylist Lauren. She starts off each appointment learning her clients? grooming routine, face shape, and hair type to create the most flattering looks. Then she gets to work, snipping off split ends and adding any desired layers or bangs. For those clients who'd prefer longer hair instead, Lauren sews in weaves. To change up hair colors, she mixes dye in classic blond or turquoise hues that pepper locks with face-framing highlights, and Lauren also offers keratin treatments that smooth frizzy and curly hair.
For three decades, Steve Botuchis struggled with chronic neck and back pain. Finding no relief through traditional medicine, he eventually discovered massage techniques that helped him recover. Now, Steve helps others battle pain and find new levels of relaxation with a wide range of massage modalities and techniques as well as through ACMOS—a needle-free form of acupuncture that balances the body’s energy system.