Vongie Rabe thought her love for helping people would lead to a career in nursing or a night job as a freelance crossing guard, but along the way massage therapy presented a detour toward her true calling. Prior to graduating from the Healing Arts Institute in 2007, Rabe garnered an understanding of anatomy and physiology working as a medical assistant for eight years. This knowledge would later help her as she pursued her passion for healing through massage therapy, tailoring each treatment to the client?s individual needs. Professionally trained in a number of modalities, including acupressure, shiatsu, and Hawaiian lomilomi, Rabe helps clients decrease anxiety, alleviate low back pain, and enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow.
Behind the verdant palm fronds painted onto Tropical Island Tan’s front windows, three levels of UV beds and trained tanning technicians stand ready to impart skin with a summery hue. The staff loads up airbrushes with an aloe-based Swoosh Sunless tanning solution, then coats bodies in two layers of the spray to ensure full, long-lasting coverage in the face of swimming, showering, or napping in a fountain. Outside the private-tanning rooms, the staff displays Designer Skin, OC, and body butter products and helps tanners select the best regimen for their skin type and desired bronzing level.
When asked about her stance on skincare products, Jamie Jacob’s answer is simple: “If it doesn’t do something amazing, I don’t carry it.” The veteran aesthetician honed her keen ability to weed out the unworthy contenders through 600 hours of cosmetology schooling, which included extra training with Dermalogica, Eminence, Skin Script, and Tu'el Skin Care lines. Much like beauty-pageant contests, who are judged on personality alone, Jamie’s services span the beauty spectrum with an array of facials, waxing, and microdermabrasion treatments that keep epidermal expanses silky smooth, as well as massages that go hand-to-hand against troublesome aches.
As part of the all-female team at Hands on Healing, Savannah is a licensed aesthetician passionate about both skincare and waxing. She performs basic and signature facials, as well as advanced treatments such as an O2 lift treatment that refreshes skin with oxygen and plant-derived stem cells. Lorrie, too, is an aesthetician, but also a certified massage therapist and reiki practitioner who administers Hands On's signature wellness massages that can integrate up to seven modalities in a single session. She also specializes in prenatal massage, putting expectant mothers at ease almost as much as a baby who just gets emailed out of the womb.
When Glo Tanning Salon and Boutique's trained technicians aren't helping guests into one of their high-pressured tanning apparatuses or bronzing them by hand using a custom-blended airbrush solution that dries in three hours, they're stocking an onsite boutique with designer clothes and purses. Their expertise extends beyond tanning and retail, though; they also aim to help guests reach their weight-loss goals and smooth away cellulite using FIT infrared body wraps. To round out the service menu, they join forces with a hairstylist who stands by to shape unruly manes and thwart split ends' evil plot to take over the head.
Ally Volpi is a woman of many faces, in that she specializes in beautifying patrons from the neck up. Her hairstyling skills cover trims, color treatments, and extensions, and multiple MAC classes have endowed her with enough makeup know-how to bring out a jellyfish's cheekbones. She is also a certified NovaLash extensionist and channels two years of lash-lengthening experience when adding pizzazz to clients' peepers. Visitors need only navigate their way around Stone Creek Shopping Center's stone fountain to find her brightening mugs inside Salon Avanti.