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.
Massage therapist Dan Lester’s soul-healing hands bring 17 years of therapeutic know-how to The Holistic Wellness Center’s slate of sinew-soothing rubdowns. Each 60-minute myofascial-release massage targets the client’s connective tissue, with Dan applying gentle, sustained pressure to stricken sinew in order to elongate the fascia, thus increasing range of motion, curbing chronic aches, and finally allowing clients to play the Y in “YMCA” dances.
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.
Recognized in CityBeat’s "Best of Cincinnati" feature two years in a row, Inner Peace coddles clients with soothing treatments for the body and mind. Spend an hour unwinding under the hands of a massage master during a full-body Swedish massage, which uses varying techniques to pressure stress into jumping out of the body and joining the circus. A hot-towel facial helps to spruce up visages and thaw out each mug’s polar regions, and a champagne-mimosa back and foot scrub buffs away body barnacles to prepare carcasses for bathtub regattas. Inner Peace is open until 9 p.m. during the week, making today’s Groupon ideal for frazzled work folk searching to de-tensify from a long, demanding day on the job.
Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+) from one of Salon Urbanity's innovative stylists, or artificially infuse a sun-kissed look into your 'do with full foil highlights ($70+). You can also freshen up for an upcoming passport photo with a microdermabrasion treatment ($120+). Salon Urbanity's skilled technician will peel away the years by exfoliating the top microlayer of facial skin, leaving it looking refreshed and young enough to earn double-profiles from airport security, and an indulgent French manicure ($22+) will spiff up sorry fingernails. And if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($60 for 60 minutes) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.
Seven years of salon experience infuse each 'do that Martha Doherty molds. Using products by TIGI, Kenra, and American Crew, she goes to work cutting, highlighting, and coloring hair. When she isn't crafting everyday looks or sculpting brows with wax, she creates formal updos for weddings, school dances, and philosophical debates.
Most nicknames are well earned, and Cincy Style Bar's is no exception. Affectionately deemed "BPP"—blown, painted, and powdered—Cincy Style Bar helps its clients achieve a polished and put-together look in approximately one hour. Makeup artists apply one of six signature looks ranging from "natural beauty," which amps up facial features without the noticeable appearance of cosmetics, to the enigmatic "mysterious beauty," which uses winged eyeliner to spark the attention of roving Hardy Boys. Makeup lessons help the Style Bar's clients replicate their fetching looks at home.
Full transformations continue in LadiesOnlySprayTanning—Cincy's new tanning boutique. Catering exclusively to women, LOST strives to give each client an airbrushed tan that's free of streaks and lines. If that wasn't enough, blowouts, manicures, and false lashes round out the roster of services.