Plastikos originated as a cosmetic- and reconstructive surgery center, but board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Susan E. Kolb and Dr. Julian Gordon wanted to make a place for their clients to just relax. So they decided to expand their clinic with the Plastikos Medical Spa, a tranquil studio that serves up a range of spa treatments. To combat signs of aging, the TCA-based Obagi Blue chemical peel lifts away dull layers of skin and revitalizes cellular regeneration. Antioxidant-rich variants might include botanical ingredients sourced from blueberry, pomegranate, or pumpkin.
Meanwhile, expert massage therapists might use deep-tissue or reflexology techniques to excavate tension and undo stubborn knots. Alternatively, an Endermologie lipo-massage aims to disperse fatty tissue with focused kneads and rolls. The med-spa also uses advanced know-how to beautify clients with noninvasive medical treatments. The Ion Magnum, for instance, uses analog waveforms to trigger neurons that mimic physical activity, thereby building muscle and joint strength. The beauty haven also offers cold-laser LiLa body-contouring and Latisse eyelash-lengthening treatments to ready bodies for swimsuit season or a winking competition.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We specialize in pain relief and sports performance.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We have a desire to provide a service that goes beyond just relaxation. We provide a highly specialized form of massage therapy that improves quality of life.
What do you love most about your job?
The ability to relieve suffering and speed recovery.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"I knocked 20 minutes off a 12-mile ruck march, and still had a spring in my step" and "My personal record in the triple jump went from 32 feet to 34 feet."
The licensed massage therapists at Asheville Massage and Natural Therapeutics promote full-body well-being with proficiencies in numerous types of bodywork and energy-healing methods. Their treatments, like putting jeans in the dryer while still wearing them, can help stimulate circulation and make the stresses of the outside world seem all the more distant. They excel in multiple modalities, from deep-tissue to holistic reflexology sessions. On top of offering therapeutic massages, the center, which is located in a historic flatiron building, helps promote healing with craniosacral, polarity, and chakra therapies.
"I've always followed in her footsteps," says Shawna Nichols of her mother, Shawnee Goettig. Both women worked in medical care, Nichols with Alzheimer’s patients and Goettig in hospice care. Then, when Nichols joined her mother at Basic Wellness Center, she initially took on the administrative side of the business. But seeing each client walk out the door with a serene smile prodded her toward her mother's path again, and she soon became a massage therapist herself.
The mother-daughter team specializes in medical massage to treat chronic pain, customizing sessions to each client's needs or wingspan. Their hands glide over musculature aided by hypoallergenic lotions with an olive-oil base. Their private treatment rooms promote relaxation with dim lighting and a New Age soundtrack. Aromatherapy augments all treatments, including reflexology sessions and detoxifying footbaths, which relax pores while using an ionic charge to allow the body to release toxins back into the wild.
Performance Health Centers Of Atlanta pools the experience of a chiropractor and massage therapists to help clients get in shipshape condition. Dubbed “The Running Doctor,” Dr. John N. Thomas draws on his love of jogging, cycling, and other sports along with more than 15 years of experience as a board-certified doctor of chiropractic. At his side, certified massage therapist Parnisia Duckworth, brings her studies in holistic healing and the Daucik Method—a European sports-injury treatment—to the massage table. Together, they straighten askew spines, send stress and muscular tension fleeing from bodies, and give athletes the strength to get back on the field or burrow underneath it for the game-winning touchdown.
Holistic Touch's experienced massage therapists harness the pampering power of therapeutic kneads to improve the general well-being of their clients. With the one-hour aromatherapy massage, a skilled muscle molder will craft a soothing concoction of aromatherapy oils specifically blended to address each client's needs and childhood aspirations, from reenergizing, uplifting whiffs to sweet, de-stressing wafts. All massage modalities help ease bodily aches, pains, and stress and can also help muscles recover from freak time-traveling injuries.