Licensed massage therapist Kimberly M. Johnson employs seven different styles of kneads to release her clients’ physical and emotional tensions. An annual participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Kimberly knows firsthand that athletic movements—as well as day-to-day activities—can put a strain on the body’s muscles. She combines her knowledge of anatomy with a compassionate approach during 60- to 90-minute Swedish massages that unwind knotted muscle fibers with alternating pressures. Aside from this popular modality and its deep-tissue sibling, Kimberly targets athletic ailments with specialized sports massages and prepares muscles for mashing with warm, smooth stones placed along the back or hurled at spots of tension.
Soft, relaxing music battles audible oohs and aahs at Kacey Mayo's massage studio, where the licensed massage therapist calls upon her training in seven modalities to dissolve stress and pain. Mayo encourages clients to speak up about their expectations and needs so that she can tailor her services to treat past injuries and other areas of concern. Electric warmers keep massage beds toasty, and the specialist uses heated packs to keep unmassaged areas warm throughout each session.
Most Popular Service: Deep-tissue massage
Brands Used: Bon Vital Oil
Minimum Age Requirement: 16
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Arrive at least 10?15 minutes before the massage to fill out client information.
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
Deep-tissue and Swedish are the most popular. My clients need relief from pain and knots to focus on the more important things.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
Best massage ever. I can feel the healing energy flow through me.
Holistic wellness expert April Jones LMT/NMT/MMP has been has been inspiring students of all stripes to work toward greater strength, flexibility, and inner peace for 15 years. She believes that anyone can benefit from yoga, no matter their age or ability level, teaching children, expectant mothers, seniors, and those with special needs. Along with a team of instructors, she leads students through restorative, breath-focused yoga and energizing Vinyasa flows at her studio Silver Linings, which has earned the award for Best Yoga Studio in Al.com's Best of Birmingham 2012. Connecting with her community, April also works closely with local chiropractors, general practitioners, and physical therapists to offer restorative therapies to patients and chronically stiff tongue depressors.
Dual board-certified Dr. Victor Mendoza combines traditional weight-management supplements with new-age laser treatments to help clients not only shed fat, but also remedy internal ailments such as fatigue or insomnia. The staff tailors each treatment program with preliminary tests that detect the hormone and toxin levels in each patient’s body, which helps determine whether their issues come from environmental forces or simply eating too many pennies. To treat the moodiness, memory loss, and weight gain that comes with age, the spa administers health-bolstering doses of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to heal bodies from the inside out. Dr. Mendoza boosts his regimens’ effects with Zerona body-contouring treatments, which use an FDA-cleared laser system to help noninvasively remove fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Lifestyle makeovers go even further with Fountain of Youth Medical Spa’s other services, such as laser hair removal, chemical peels, and beauty injections.
Escape Day Spa co-owners Carrie Wheelock and Alicia Liddon know how therapeutic a day at the spa can be. Wheelock, an experienced massage therapist, has witnessed the restoration and healing power of touch while both giving and receiving massages. Liddon, on the other hand, is not only an aesthetician, but also a wife and mother of three who understands the daily stressors of family life. Her passion for healthy skin has helped ground her and was her inspiration for opening her own skincare clinic.
At the spa's new location in Edgewood, the duo and their team perform treatments that range from multimodality massages and facials with organic Babor products to mother-of-pearl body scrubs and mani-pedis with vegan SpaRitual polish. They also create spa packages that allow romantic couples, pairs of best friends, or celebrities and their egos to enjoy chocolates and champagne while relaxing together.