At Salon La Coupe, licensed massage therapist Brenda Thomas operates under the premise that up to nine-tenths of all illness is stress-related. With that in mind, she believes massages are not simply luxuries reserved for people with gobs of spare time and the double-jointed elbows necessary to massage themselves. Massage and bodywork, such as relaxing Swedish, hot-stone, or cross-grain deep-tissue massage, may help to prevent disease and premature aging when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
At Balance & Change Massage & Bodywork, owner Felix Reyes invites clients in for a little bit of balance and change. The licensed therapist silences stress and tension using Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massage styles and caters to the needs of expectant mothers or overworked storks with prenatal work designed to elevate emotional mindsets and ease physical pressure off joints and muscles. A roster of relaxing add-ons such as hot stones, foot scrubs, and mini facials are also available and can transform any massage into a spa-like experience.
Tracey Stanphill is an expert at viewing every client's body as a one-of-a-kind canvas and inventing custom combinations of modalities to address their aches. She even encourages her patrons to get involved in the process, inviting them to blend their own mix of essential oils, which they can take home to use on themselves, friends, or door hinges that could smell better.
In addition to Swedish and deep-tissue treatments, Tracey administers signature TLC massages that promote lymphatic drainage. This style draws from her work with the elderly and children who have special needs, employing a gentle touch that can calm hyperactivity while soothing muscles. Her couples-massage service includes servings of chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, whereas a Look at You massage aims to tone the skin and minimize signs of cellulite. In the interest of making each guest more comfortable, Tracey can also target her massages towards specific benefits, from increased circulation to decongested sinuses.
Leigh Edwards is a professional muscle wrangler. The licensed massage therapist unravels knotted and double-knotted muscles using a number of techniques in Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. She tackles extra tension with soothing aromatherapy and hot- and cold-stone therapy. Achy feet find extra attention during foot scrubs, and faces find relief during mini facials.
Linda Evans wields the scissors behind Sassy Shears at The Salons at Bella Suites, continuing the work has occupied her hands for more than 30 years. Although she snips away anywhere from 1 to 15 inches of hair on any given day—leaving clients lighter and more stylish—her signature service is color. She prefers Paul Mitchell color products for their thorough coverage, and they pair nicely with her preferred moisturizing conditioner from It's A 10. While she works, she provides clients with complimentary beverages to sip on, as well as the occasional bit of sample product to take home and experiment with by making one's pet shih tzu resemble Johnny Depp as closely as possible.
At Aesthetic Salon and Spa, the facials brighten skin with creative ingredients, from hydrating doses of vitamin C to 24-karat gold. The gold is a key ingredient in one of the rejuvenating creams—it lends skin a youthful glow, much like your “darkness light” that’s really just an adult night-light. The glycolic acid in a chemical peel improves tone and texture, and the parafango in a body wrap deals with toxins and cellulite.
Complementing these beauty treatments are various stress-relieving massages, with Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, and other modalities available. And on the salon side, you'll find styling and coloring options such as perms, extensions, highlights, and conditioning treatments.