The painful experience of watching his father endure several heart attacks, and eventually a heart transplant, left its mark on John Latham, but the effect wasn?t entirely negative. His father?s struggles convinced John, at the young age of 12, that fitness and nutrition are the route to a long, healthy life. Since then, he?s trained more than 40,000 clients. He complements personal training with nutritional consultations to boost weight loss, and he also leads group fitness classes.
How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
After a career of working with therapeutic lasers, Dr. Sandra Sullivan of The Slim Co helped develop the Body Light system?a body-contouring treatment that helps emulsify fat with gentle LED lasers. Dr. Sullivan uses the non-invasive system to help dispel stubborn inches from common target areas, such as the midsection and thighs, while clients relax to music or nature sounds.
Licensed massage therapist and instructor Clarissa Gonzalez-Wiggs has spent more than six years refining her professional skills in muscle manipulation. Over the course of her career, Clarissa has helped clients work through many ailments through a diverse array of modalities, from fostering stress relief with gentle Swedish massages to helping ease chronic pain from naps on the guest room's bed of nails with more intense deep-tissue techniques. During her trigger-point therapy sessions, the patient plays an active role in the treatment by taking deep, mindful breaths as she applies strategically placed pressure to alleviate tension and discomfort. For a multi-sensory experience, any of Clarissa's services can be enhanced with stimulating aromatherapy oils.
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.
Each of the stylists at Bishop?s Salon & Day Spa goes through a rigorous training program before putting scissor to strands. Armed with knowledge, they use Aveda?s plant-based products to nourish hair during precision cuts and color treatments. The staff also clarifies complexions with facials and microdermabrasions, and lavishes feet with ingredients such as paraffin and chocolate during relaxing pedicures.