With two medical degrees—botanical and naturopathic medicine— and 300 hours of acupuncture practice under his lab coat, Dr. Tommy Ray Thompson, DC takes down a slew of maladies and disorders using the holistic healing powers of detoxifying footbaths and acupuncture sessions. Guests can indulge in ancient acupuncture therapy, in which the steady-handed doc carefully places hair-thin needles along specific corporeal points or “channels.” Keen to the subtle pricks, these bodily highways transform into intravenous postmen, sending signals to internal organs via the body’s system of carrier pigeons. Each 20-minute session sends tidal waves of relaxation from head to toe while targeting chronic pain and stress.
Just as no two bodies are alike, no two massages at Village Healing Touch are the same. Nationally and state-certified massage therapist Denise Craven sees to this by approaching each client with tailored treatments best suited to his or her aches, pains, and comfort levels. Massages here run the gamut from therapeutic to relaxing—Denise offers deep-tissue massages to disable pain and hot-stone massages to provide a warm, soothing reprieve from gridlocked muscles. À la carte treatments such as cold-stone facials, seaweed body treatments, and craniosacral work add another layer to Village Healing Touch’s missive, but for a complete getaway from work-related stress and stress-related pen-pal abuse, clients can settle down with the Pamper Me package. This sojourn into total relaxation includes a 90-minute massage, cooling marine foot mask, and a paraffin hand dip.
Salon Concepts connects talented stylists with private suites where they can tend to tresses and soothe skin in a peaceful environment. Services and pricing vary by location, with an array of beautifying treatments abounding across the network like bunnies on a verdant spring catwalk. Seventeen participating aestheticians are armed with a pack of prettification options such as cut-and-color combos from experienced colorist Brent Bauer at Salon Concepts Oakley ($60–$175) or body waxing ($10+) under the gentle hands of Randy Jackson at Salon Concepts Florence. Check in for a noninvasive frown-removal procedure with a facial expert ($35+) or a stress-melting massage ($35+) from Erlinda Griffin at Salon Concepts Montgomery.
Renew Salon & Skin Care's Shanna Lynn bedecks lackluster lashes with Shavasana extensions. Initial eyelash installation takes one–two hours, during which Shanna secures single strand semipermanent Shavasana extensions to feeble fringes, hair by hair. The results are longer, thicker eye trimmings, giving you the confidence necessary to wink at strangers and unleashed dogs. After 48 hours, the freshly lashed can frost the extensions with mascara. A refill, which lasts less than 60 minutes, is recommended within two–three weeks.
After her first beauty-school client beamed at her new haircut, Brittany Harvey was hooked on seeing customers' smiles. She has since spent hours in professional classrooms—listening to lectures from companies such as Goldwell and Paul Mitchell—and at her salon station, deftly pursuing the reward of a grin. Often, that expression accompanies a walk down the aisle, as Brittany specializes in formal bridal-party services administered both on- and off site, or even on the bride as she's walking down the aisle.
When she's not working on weddings, Brittany might render extensions that lengthen strands into natural-looking cascades or trims that shorten coifs into flattering layers. Goldwell and Rusk products, meanwhile, aid her in applying highlights, corrective color, and all-over color. She rounds out her treatment menu with simple shampoo-and-style packages, as well as waxing for brows, chins, and lips.