Nevada School of Massage Therapy graduate Cathy Abbott earned a national certification in massage therapy, a distinction that requires her to keep her skills sharp with continuing-education courses. Among the modalities she's mastered are gentle Swedish massages, which stimulate circulation; deep-tissue massages, which address chronic pain; and hot-stone massages, which locate trendy gems lodged beneath the skin. Abbott also specializes in prenatal massage, during which she uses special pillows and positioning techniques to assuage the physical stress of maternity.
The long corridor at Electric Beach Tanning & Salon is lined with doorways, each one leading into a world without traffic, deadlines, or ringing alarm clocks. Some of the rooms are dedicated to skincare treatments, others to tanning and hairstyling. But in one of them, licensed massage therapist Elaine brings time to a slow crawl while she loosens tense muscles with relaxing massages.
Though Elaine customizes her massages to meet your exact needs, she's especially skilled in Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques. If stress is what ails you, try the relaxing Swedish massage; if you pulled a muscle while barking furiously at the mailman, you'll likely benefit most from a sports massage.
Cosmetologist Danielle Stewart specializes in hair design and plies her trade at Dollhouse Salon, where she fashions haircuts with shape, definition, and color. She offers straightening treatments and coloring, as well as facials and microdermabrasions, which help complete the picture of beauty from the neck up.
The aestheticians at Mermaid Serving Beauty practice the ancient arts of threading and henna to create elaborate body decorations and groomed brows inside a welcoming studio. Armed with a thin cotton thread, eyebrow artists twist and pull the fibrous string over unwanted strands on eyebrows, upper lips, or full faces to create precise lines and remove large swaths of hair accurately and without the irritation waxing can cause skin. The 5- to 10-minute treatment unseats each hair at the follicle level, removing many strands at a time to give brows a shaped appearance that’s hard to achieve with tweezing. The salon’s in-house henna artists bedeck palms and wrists in intricate designs using henna, which gradually fades over the course of a few weeks for a semipermanent accessory that adds exotic flair to style and a testing ground for a pet ant’s navigational skills.