Dr. Carmen April and the attentive staffers of The Foot and Ankle Healthcare Center wipe toe canvases clean of encroaching foot fungus with laser treatments. During the fungus-freeing session, a specialized laser deploys a cascade of light rays across the infected nail bed, which can be caused by athlete’s foot, excessive perspiration, or foot massages from mushrooms. Each heated beam quickly shimmies beneath the keratin surface before throwing a one-two punch that smashes fungi invaders into a dissipating anime dust cloud. The quickly administered treatment painlessly targets all 10 toes without damaging the surrounding skin or nails, and results in healthy, sandal-ready feet.
A few wisps of smoke from an extinguished candle hang in the air, along with the lingering fragrance of aromatic oils and the soft strains of jazz or nature sounds. One of the licensed massage therapists at Mona Lisa's Massage & Wellness has completed another relaxing session, easing muscle tension and stress with modalities such as hot-stone therapy, pregnancy or sports massage, or reflexology. The center's practitioners operate in an intimate and tranquil four-room suite complete with a mani-pedi station. In the couples room, pairs enjoying a Yin + Yang massage nosh on chocolate-covered strawberries and discuss how to install electric handlebar warmers on a tandem bike.
The crew exfoliates skin with coconut-lime-scented scrubs and detoxifies bodies with wraps that include a session in the steam sauna. They also aim to clear complexions with 10 different anti-aging facial treatments and peels.
Lilac Healing Center is staffed by a diverse group of trained therapists who improve their clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Founded by licensed massage therapist Kathryn McDaniel, Lilac Healing Center slowly grew out of a series of other businesses—what began simply in 2002 as a place where people went to get a massage became a destination for all kinds of healing services. Today, the staffers not only perform bodywork and therapeutic yodeling, but they also provide acupuncture, energy work, and custom vitamin programs. In addition, the center hosts a multitude of both private and group yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.
The Ritz Salon's stylists cut and trim the locks of men and women, often using balayage, a French hair-painting technique, to tint strands. Aestheticians completely remove hair during facial waxes and slough off dead skin with microdermabrasion crystals. They further rid your body of unwanted entities with ionic footbaths that detoxify and reduce the need for family members to wear hazmat suits around you.
After gaining experience in salons all over the country, Tamara Throwers returned to her hometown of Nashville to make good on her lifelong dream of owning a nail salon. Her time spent in spas as far away as Canada and as cosmopolitan as New York taught her the importance of going above and beyond customer expectations, so she upgrades standard mani-pedis with indulgent extras and keeps her salon––located inside Nashville Laser Spa––open until 8 p.m. every day. Among her most luxurious services are the Orange Millin pedicure, which sets tired feet soaking in a soothing bath of fresh milk, honey, and sliced oranges, and a 2.5-hour sports-reflexology pedicure that includes a reflexology foot massage, gourmet meal, and staged reading of the best toe-related haiku.
Relax Massage!! can help you unwind from head to foot. The therapists tame tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and Thai-style massages, but their real specialty is foot-reflexology treatments. These relaxing sessions use a centuries-old technique that involves placing pressure on specific points in the feet in order to unclog blocked energy and stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. For a truly pampering experience, each foot-focused treatment also includes a soothing soak enhanced with special ingredients, such as ginger for improved immune-system function or milk for those who brought their own cookies.