If a struggling client ever wonders where certified health coach Heather Hosilyk gets her empathy, the answer lies in her past, which was defined by a poor diet and an extra 100 pounds. To lose the weight, Heather completely overhauled her diet to include no- or low-glycemic foods void of grains, gluten, and the gloomy fortune-cookie predictions that often trigger emotional eating. Today at The Natural Center for Health, Heather helps clients plagued with food addiction or stubborn weight do the same. She asks her charges to implement three basic lifestyle changes: nix processed foods, eat only heart-healthy fats, and use only ancient grains such as wild rice and quinoa. She uses one-on-one counseling and six-week group sessions as a platform for touting local, nutritious food as the basis of healthy diets. Apart from lending a hand to local farms and reducing emissions and superfluous packing materials, buying and eating locally ensures meals are fresh, tasty, and free of additives, Heather says, much like money still hot from the US Mint’s stovetop
The stresses of everyday life dissipate at the hands of Tranquillité Massage Therapy’s licensed staff members, who ply muscles within the softly lit confines of its private treatment rooms. The therapists target chronic aches and pains across the body, digging into or gliding across soft tissue with massage modalities including Swedish, deep-tissue, and soothing hot-stone. Specialty massages administered by highly trained therapists target overworked muscles that impair the body’s performance, and paraffin wax treatments enhance any massage with skin-softening warmth.
A visit to Tranquillité Massage Therapy shows that it takes the implications of its name seriously. Nearly every facet of the center contributes to an optimally relaxing experience, from plush massage beds to a policy that allows clients to prepare for massages at their own pace—time spent undressing, relaxing, and rehearsing groans of relief never counts toward massages.
Dritan Azemi’s parents wanted him to become a doctor or an engineer. But he had his own ideas about how he could best help people. Feeling a calling in the world of aesthetics, Azemi dropped out of college and moved with his family from his native Albania to southern California. One day while out walking, he happened by a beauty school and stopped in to speak with the director about enrolling. Though Azemi had planned to heal people as a massage therapist, the more he worked on the school's styling floor, the more inspired he was by the happiness his clients felt after a great haircut. On his 20th birthday, Azemi celebrated by speeding down Interstate 15—an act that got him pulled over, right at the exit leading to the Ontario Mills mall. There, he discovered what was then Allen Edwards salon, where he quickly worked up to senior stylist and educator. When industry legend and ceramic-tools innovator Adam Shuman took over, Azemi learned many of his signature styling techniques and eventually became the company's junior art director.
Azemi's parents soon announced that they were moving to Pittsburgh, and he had to give up his glamorous fashion shows and photo shoots. He retained his sunny California mentality, however, and felt he could use this to enhance salon-goers' experience in the Pittsburgh area. The accomplished stylist opened Azemi Salons in 2008, naming the business not only after himself, but after a root word in several Eastern languages that means “power” and “moving forward.” To continue forward in its client-empowering mission, his team now offers spa treatments alongside hair services, performing skin-specific facials, relaxing mani-pedis, and massages to leave muscles as relaxed as the dress code at a Halloween parade.
Throughout childhood, Daniel Miller suffered from extreme stiffness of the neck and shoulders. A trip to a local chiropractor changed all that. One session led to instant relief––and a career. Today Daniel Miller is a chiropractic doctor, offering services ranging from back adjustments to comprehensive rehabilitative therapy. Clients may also seek relief from chronic tension with flowing Swedish bodywork or deep-tissue technique to access lower-layer muscles.
Inside Alera's 3,300-square-foot spa space, clients can bask in the calmness of private suites and inherent glamour of the spacious, runway-esque haircutting floor. Stylists leverage high-end skin- and haircare products from Sebastian, Wella, Brazilian Blowout, and Aveda and aestheticians infuse visits with subtle elements of luxury such as mini massages. Beauty treatments include hair removal, makeup application, and completely organic airbrush tanning. On the spa side, therapists administer massages with heated basalt stones to ease muscles and oust stress.
Salon Karma's owner, Alexis Stimmel, boasts more than 20 years of salon experience and certifications from the Aveda Institute and Graham Webb. She oversees an aesthetically driven cast of beauticians that augments outer appearances with services for hair and skin. The talented stylists reconfigure coifs with conditioning treatments, haircuts, and coloring services powered by Schwarzkopf Professional products. During Salon Karma’s 15-minute spray-tan sessions, a steady-handed airbrush technician helps bodies achieve new, darker hues without having to stand in paintball crossfire. Upon entering the salon, customers feast eyes on colorful art resting on bright, warm-hued walls that contrast with pieces of dark furniture.