Using their extensive training and diverse backgrounds, A Renassiance's team of wellness professionals aims to help bodies heal naturally. Licensed massage therapists reduce chronic pain and increase flexibility with a range of manipulations that include sports massage, deep tissue work, and lymphatic massage. Meanwhile, the medical staff provides comprehensive family and women’s healthcare. They manage pain with traditional Western chiropractic care and ancient oriental medical practices including acupuncture and smile-inducing origami.
Inside Alter Ego, a host of hair, nail, skin, and airbrush-tanning experts await to help customers discover a whole new side of themselves. Dawn Johnston’s specialty is nails, which she can enhance with tips made of fiberglass, silk, acrylic, or gel. Natural nails can also adopt a new outlook under Dawn’s care. Traditional mani-pedis begin with finger and toe massages and foot soaks in gleaming white footbaths, and Dawn occasionally dips extremities in warm paraffin or hot mitts during games of hide-and-seek. Once skin has been softened and nails have been shaped, she tops each pointer with traditional polish or chip-free gel lacquer, which can resist smudging for up to two weeks with proper care.
New Leaf Skin Care owner and aesthetician Shellie Barker and her massage-therapist husband Andy dole out stress relief in many forms. Andy, a licensed massage therapist, calls on the 22 years of medical experience he gained in the military to assuage his clients' chronic tension and nagging pains. Beyond fostering relaxation and stress relief with his soothing massages, he possesses a knack for mending athletic injuries through focused, results-oriented techniques.
Shellie, for her part, administers customized facials using Bioelements skincare products in an effort to treat each client's individual needs. All products use no artificial colorants, synthetic fragrances, or animal testing.
The experienced therapists at Free Spirit Massage turn to tried-and-true holistic methods to heal muscle tightness, pains, and stress. They customize each massage to suit their guests’ needs, harnessing a variety of modalities that stretch beyond the basic Swedish massage. When the staff isn’t improving joint flexibility and range of motion with their massages, they’re pampering guests with detoxifying ion foot spas and wraps. They also soften skin with customized exfoliating scrubs crafted from dead sea salt, raw sugar, or ground coffee that incorporate a blend of botanicals, pure plant oils, and the bottled whispers of a reassuring grandmother.
At Make Time 4 Massage—part of Epídavros Center for Wellbeing—the focus is on balancing the mind, body, and soul through the art of touch. Licensed therapist Colleen Duncan looks at the big picture with each treatment—rather than limiting her focus to areas of pain or limbs wrapped in boa constrictors, she wants to bring wellness to the whole body. She asks patients to fill out a health history form and discuss any past or current concerns. She’ll then design a treatment plan that may include Swedish, deep-tissue, or shiatsu techniques, and to work more deeply into tissues she might incorporate heat and essential oils.
At her station in Bella Salon, Michelle Schubert designs nail art that channels dexterous, detail-oriented skills that carry over from her personal hobbies of sewing and crafting. She customizes nail designs to suit her clients’ personalities and the special occasions for which they have their nails done, from weddings to ceremonial scratch-offs of winning lottery tickets. Beyond her ability to create these tiny masterpieces, Michelle also specializes in traditional manicures, pedicures, and services with Shellac polish, which resists chipping for up to two weeks.