As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand and Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand and Stone Massage Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand and Stone has expanded to more than 20 states. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
At Massage Pro Faith, certified massage therapist Faith M. Coppola helps her patients overcome stress and bodily aches with a diverse array of therapies. Faith’s repertoire includes gentle Swedish and gentler feather-stroke massages, an intense deep-tissue technique, and a hot-stone massage that employs smooth heated stones coated in shea butter.
As an Aveda concept salon, Salon Alure stocks and uses only plant- and flower-based Aveda products, from hair color to skincare products. The staff also pamper guests with complimentary hand treatments, makeup, stress-relieving aromatherapy, and a steaming cup of Aveda comforting tea. Along with haircare services that include cuts, color, and keratin treatments, the licensed professionals also beautify visages with natural facials such as the Perfecting Plant Peel. For toes mired in envy, chakra-balancing foot treatments unite pedicures with aromatherapy and reflexology massages to lavish feet with the attention usually reserved for a tossed glob of pizza dough dangling from the chandelier.
The staff render this bounty of services within the elegant confines of a wood-floored salon. Sunlight hustles its way through the façade’s large window, and wood accents make the ceiling an exquisite complement to the green plants beneath it.
The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet’s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body’s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet also has sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and a variety of skincare services including facials and waxing.
Tthe licensed massage therapists knead achy muscles with a range of diverse massage modalities that ease aches associated with sports, everyday stress, or pregnancy. Clients can soothe the senses and nurture holistic wellness by adding aromatherapy to certain treatments, and eastern-inspired refloxology and acupressure are also available for enhanced well-being.
Meanwhile, A Refined Touch's nutrition response testing uses responses from acupressure points to help identify problem areas related to dietary insufficiencies. Then, with the help of nutrient-rich supplements derived from plants, clients can tweak their own diet to make it more healthy.
After seven years honing his skills in the general- and plastic-surgery divisions of Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Dr. Timothy Mountcastle returned to his native Virginia to devote himself full-time to body beautification as head of Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute, now a leading vein center of nearly 10 years. Dr. Mountcastle couples a keen eye for aesthetic detail with years of experience in varicose and spider vein treatment, including the use of lasers, radio-frequency ablation, minimally invasive microphlebectomy techniques, and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Dr. Mountcastle also has extensive knowledge and practice in cosmetic and skin cancer surgery, as well as mole, lipoma, and cyst removals. A staff of top aesthetic nurses, physician assistants, and aestheticians help send facial wrinkles running with Botox and other facial treatments.