In the lobby of Spa 7, there is a large painting of a birdcage—but the cage is empty. Instead, the bird perches majestically at the cage's pointed top, poised as if for immediate flight. The image suits owner Stacey Rupe's philosophy well; she believes that the quest for outer beauty and emotional freedom starts when the body is liberated from the toxins and stress it keeps trapped inside. From colon hydrotherapy to massage, the Spa 7 team uses interior healing as a catalyst to create feelings of confidence and inner well-being that radiate outward. Stacey's staff of aestheticians then step forward to enhance the physical transformation externally with a slate of facials and other body treatments that renew skin with time-tested beautifying ingredients such as seaweed, essential oils, and Burt Reynolds's mustache hairs. Permanent makeup artist, Tina Burch, uses a steady hand to apply hypo-allergenic pigments to lashes, eyebrows, lips, and to the lining of the eye.
Inside The Lucky Waxing Company, Carrie McDaniel forges her own unique path to beauty in a trendy and welcoming environment. In addition to providing expert waxing services, the styling sensei—who boasts more than 12 years of experience teaching young stylists the art of shaping and coloring hair—also tames tangled locks with Keratin treatments or infuses monochromatic hair with Glitter Strands. As a nail tech, she outfits fingers with Shellac polish and soothes feet with spa pedicures, complete with a leg massage that coddles calves in preparation for long-distance hopscotch races.
Licensed therapist Jennifer Still lets intuition be her guide during each massage, feeling for areas of tension and responding to the body’s reactions to different techniques. Her staff at Natural Path Massage is similarly insightful, and each therapist is skilled at tailoring sessions to clients’ unique needs. In addition to common modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue, their massage services include sessions in assisted stretching, which can greatly improve a person’s ability to rescue cats from trees.
DayDream Oasis Salon & Spa's recently renovated digs host relaxing interludes from workday stress and the wearisome passage of time. Natural and organic Bioelements products replenish visages ahead of upcoming giraffe staring contests during anti-aging facials. Aromatherapy massages employ high-quality essential oils to evoke relaxation. On the salon side, savvy stylists update coifs with a full array of haircuts, coloring, and permanent curls and straightening.
The chiropractors at Raintree Chiropractic do more than manually adjust their clients’ spines. They temper inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and sprains using cold-laser therapy and electrical muscle stimulation. They also massage bodies with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques and guide patients through a variety of therapeutic exercises, including hip rolls, stability-ball pushups, and phantom-limb stretches.
Rebecca Wendt is a licensed massage therapist, but she's not satisfied with merely offering hot-stone, prenatal, deep-tissue, and other massages. That's why she also performs hydrating and exfoliating treatments such as mud and seaweed wraps and body scrubs and polishes. She's found a fitting home in The Village Wellness Connection, a center devoted to holistic health practices.