For the practitioners at Pain Relief Massage, a client’s pain is not just a symptom—it’s a problem that needs to be solved once and for all. The staff specializes in determining the root cause of back pain, shoulder cramps, and headaches and then using their knowledge of the nervous system to offer both a reprieve from the pain and a plan to correct underlying issues. The balance of therapeutic techniques and relaxing massage strokes helps staffers manage and dispel a client’s pain while making the experience as relaxing as watching just about anything become engulfed in sweet, sweet fire.
Most everything glitters at Bling & Things Boutique, where the staff curates a collection of rhinestoned handbags, shiny jewelry, and unique clothing. They partner their eye-catching stock with spray-tanning services. Regular spray tans set in 24 hours, and express spray tans turn bronze in less time than the Statue of Liberty does in her dreams each night.
At Total Laser Concepts, concentrated beams of light build the foundation of various non-surgical, anti-aging procedures and treatments while coffee-colored walls and French doors create a sense of repose. The crack team unholsters their laser beams to eradicate unwanted hair, spirit away spider veins, and lure away wrinkles and tighten skin. Therapists seek to stave off the anxiety that causes other maladies with a slate of massage modalities, including deep tissue and Swedish. Total Laser Concepts also carries medical-grade skincare products, with each bottle dressed in little stethoscopes to ensure their authenticity.
Karma Organic Spa is an earth-friendly online store stocked with a full line of organic nailcare, skincare and bodycare products. Give nails a glamorous coat of “Oh, Tiff!” teal polish ($9.99), then, buff it away with soy-based nail polish remover, which was an Allure magazine Editors' Choice. Or, order Karma Organic Lotion ($16) (available in cucumber-and-mint, eucalyptus, geranium, peppermint, and lavender) to smoothify and slickify hands in preparation for retrieving keys lost at the bottom of a Pringles can.
KimberlyAnn Petree started out as a medical assistant working with respected gynecologists in New York, but she couldn't stifle her fascination with health and rehabilitation. To scratch her itch for knowledge, she went back to school, earning her degree in medical massage therapy from New York College of Health Professions. Kimberly trained under an experienced massage and physical therapist as well as a neurologist and orthopedist before opening Integrative Neuromuscular Rehabilitation.
Today, she draws on more than 15 years of experience as she helps professional athletes and postoperative patients heal with massage methods and other therapies such as trigger-point and craniosacral therapy. She also works side by side with other rehabilitation and massage specialists to relieve stress and nurture injured limbs. When she isn't mending muscles, she offers training sessions to help therapists learn how to work with chiropractors instead of challenging them to duels.
At the age of 17, Aleshia Wilson suffered severe injuries in a car crash. She followed doctor's orders, but never shook the pain until she was 20 and had her first professional massage. Aleshia instantly realized how much more effective the therapist’s kneads were than the treatments she had previously tried and decided to earn her own degree in massage therapy at Georgia Medical Institute.
Now, she brings clients the same relief at Hopeful Heart Therapeutic Massage. Myofascial release is her specialty; during sessions, she applies pressure to stretch out compressed muscles, soothing pain and tension all over the body. Swedish massages sooth mental stress from long hours of work or grueling games of Battleship, and pampering details such as aromatherapy and heated foot-booties complete the spa experience.