Kate Bilyj, Hygeia Healing Hands’ licensed massage therapist, has served as an official member of the massage-therapy team for the 2006 USA Track and Field National Championships and the 2008 USA Diving Olympic trials. Her vast knowledge of the human form and her experience in injury rehabilitation allow her to provide her clients with massages that nurture the mind and the body. She offers orthopedic massages, Swedish bodywork, sports massage, and active isolated stretching exercises.
At Pro-Styles Salon and Trinity Hair Design, stylists enhance lashes—the natural umbrella of the eyes—with voluminous lash extensions. They also embrace the creative possibilities of color and, unlike Sasquatch's barbers, are unafraid to work with long hair. Hues don't just change on heads here either, as the spray tan technician on staff expertly mists bodies from head to feet, creating sunless glows.
Stephanie Wood at Natural Concepts, a family-owned Aveda Concept Salon, takes care of clients from head to toe using Aveda’s plant-based products. These natural formulas work to nourish strands during conditioning treatments. The products are available for purchase in Natural Concept’s retail area, which is decorated with miniature Romanesque columns and cheerful yellow cabinets.
Though people with a deep religious conviction tend to gravitate toward volunteer work or scholarship, the three massage therapists at Faith Heals Massage LLC took a different route. When they aren’t using their gifts to help clients along in their spiritual journeys, the therapists keep physical forms in top shape with massage services that draw on acupressure, Swedish, and reiki techniques, among others. Two of the therapists—Dallas and Elishia Hendricks—share more than the bond of marriage; both came to massage through their own struggles with injuries, and both proved their worth as therapists by kneading the knots out of a wooden table.
Though its name conjures up images of chic Parisian coiffures, European Style Salon in Greenwood immediately feels like home to whoever walks in the door. The salon’s beauty specialists do everything they can to make their clients feel comfortable and in control as they cut and color strands or weave extensions into hair. Their services extend beyond the scalp and include custom spray tans and eyebrow threading. Relaxing manicures and pedicures remove callused skin and decorate nails with numbers to ensure that you never forget how to high-five properly.
A state-certified massage therapist, Pamela Thompson plied her trade in both the spa and medical fields. The range of her experience gives her a unique versatility; spa settings typically center on general relaxation and uplifting massages, whereas nursing homes and hospitals demand more therapeutic and clinical bodywork. At Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Services, she’s well equipped to uplift clients both emotionally and physically. With Swedish and hot-stone massages, she elicits feelings of bliss and looseness. Likewise, her specialties in deep-tissue, integrated, and prenatal massages allow her to treat muscle pain, symptoms of lingering injuries, and soreness from constructing geodesic-domed baby cribs.
Jerry Rankin doesn’t rush to treat surface-level symptoms with medications or surgeries. Instead, the NCCAOM-certified acupuncturist—who has master’s degrees in Oriental medicine and metaphysics—targets underlying conditions, relying on the ancient practices of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and tui na massage. His wife, Carolyn Rankin, lends a hand by practicing EFT—a therapy that combines energy balancing and affirmations—and meeting with clients in the office, via Skype, or via messenger pigeons that still do great work. Other services, such as nutritional counseling, help clients get back into shape and stay healthy.