Licensed massage therapist Michele Kerrigan unearths the silver linings in achy muscle clouds with her soothing bodywork. Guests can request deep-tissue pressure to access lower-layer muscles, or flowing Swedish strokes for relaxation-based healing. Massages may be paired with indulgent add-ons such as aromatherapy or cleansing sugar scrubs that exfoliate the complexion.
In 1939, James Clark bought Belmont Pharmacy, where he had worked as store pharmacist. His son, James Clark Jr., followed him into the business, and eventually the enthusiastic, dedicated family began opening additional branches. Today, a third-generation Clark, Tim, oversees the operation of the eight locations.
Each location mingles old-fashioned corner-store friendliness with modern health-care tools. Medical equipment, such as lift chairs and canes, ease home life, as do prescription medications that can be delivered by a friendly staff member. The Huber Heights location also has a compounding pharmacy, in which highly trained workers customize prescriptions to individual needs, combining multiple medications into a single dosage, adding kid-friendly flavors, or carving each pill into the shape of a white blood cell.
Within Gravity Spa, soft blue lighting and tranquil tones create an atmosphere that beckons visitors to relax, take classes, and embark on new experiences. Light and sound vanish within flotation tanks, where 10 inches of water saturated with 1,000 pounds of Epson salt create more buoyancy than a rubber ducky wearing water wings. Elsewhere in the spa, instructors lead inventive classes, such as fire hooping, in which circles of flames dance in the air as students learn tricks and flowing moves. Yogis teach three different yoga varieties, and certified massage therapists use warm oils and one of nine different techniques to target deep tension and untie swallowed pretzels.
Some grandfathers teach their grandkids checkers or how to cut the beetroot for the perfect borscht. Amy’s taught her how to give a proper shoulder massage. Those moments left her with a passion for helping people and sent her on a course that led her to massage and hypnotherapy school. There she developed her repertoire, mastering the different bodywork modalities that she uses to relax clients. Along the way, she began incorporating energy work into her practice, becoming a level-three reiki practitioner and a level-four power plant operator.
Karina's Euro Style cossets customers with an all-inclusive register of beauty services for hair, nails, skin, and more. Owner Karina Yarve honed her technique in the U.S. and around Europe, even training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. Guests can reap the opulence of Karina's style métier in an earthy salon garnished with tree branches and botanical accents. The follicle-minded can receive one of many hair services such as a classic cut and style for women ($40), a men's haircut ($28), or permanent color treatment ($50-$65). Alternately do away with hair altogether thanks to waxing in 12 different areas ($10-$65).
Ohio Zerona's laser technicians eliminate unwanted body fat with the Zerona cold laser. Under the laser's concentrated light, adipose tissue emulsifies and exits naturally through the lymphatic system and digestive system. To bolster results, weight-loss consultants give nutritional advice and encourage the use self-massage, the technical term for backstroking through a ball pit.