Originally opened in 1987, Shear Power pampers the Ranson community with indulgent spa and salon services that nourish the skin and the hair with botanically-derived Aveda products. The staff includes several stylists, an aesthetician and makeup specialist, a massage therapist, and an independent nail technician who operates out of the salon. These professionals all work together to spruce up clients’ appearances by designing a flattering hairdo, pampering and revitalizing visages, or using gel polishes to perform long-lasting mani-pedis.
When one of the cofounders of Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa was diagnosed with cancer in her 30s, her doctor put her on the most aggressive chemo and radiation therapies available. As her immune system fought the cancer, her body absorbed the side effects. A longtime friend recommended acupuncture to counteract the suffering; though she was initially skeptical of the holistic procedure, she agreed to give it a try. After just one appointment, she felt her senses awaken. Further treatments permanently changed the way she looked at health care, making her feel like a brand-new person and convincing her to share her discoveries with as many people as she could.
At Easy Balance Wellness Center and Spa, she does just that, combining venerated Eastern wisdom with professional spa products to deliver healing massages and rejuvenating facials. Within earth-toned treatment rooms draped with russet curtains, massage therapists ease muscle tension and redirect chi—the energy that regulates the body’s functions and suppresses its natural appetite for hangnails—with focused acupressure techniques. Thalgo facials employ marine botanicals, such as regenerative algae, to nourish and hydrate complexions.
Imagine dropping a stone into a pond. Though the stone only touches a small portion of the water's surface, the effects of the impact radiate throughout the entire pool. Reflexology is based on a similar idea—as a therapist stimulates pressure points on the feet, the effects are said to affect the entire body. At Magic Foot Spa, practitioners specialize in this therapy, first soaking feet in water warmed over the blushing cheeks of an ankle-anxious Victorian before targeting pressure points that correspond with various body organs. As practitioners increase pressure on each foot, the manipulation can ease muscular tension and release energy blockages in the digestive, immune, and circulatory systems.
The team also performs full-body acupressure treatments that are based on similar principles. These gentle massages work by activating the key pressure points used in acupuncture, but with fingers, palms, and elbows instead of needles. As clients lie fully clothed on a massage table, therapists focus on these points—which are believed to correspond with the body's energy channels—so that they can balance opposing energy forces and thus improve bodily function.
Co-owner Rebeccah Bartlett Leister of Structures Salon and Spa will not trade jobs with you. "I love that every single day I am here I laugh out loud," she says on her staff bio page. "I feel so lucky to be able to enjoy my 'work' this much." One draw may be the salon and spa's proprietary organic and natural products that are crafted by a small family business. Another draw might be the encouragement staff members receive to augment the products' powers with rounds of continuing education and creative projects such as fashion shoots, makeup design, and hair-coloring experiments. Leister herself has experience designing makeup for Vanity Fair and InStyle magazines.
Wide windows illuminate Structures Salon and Spa so that stylists can mix colors in optimum light and let new hairdos photosynthesize. Colorful yarn twines around stair railings to create chromatic triangles, and appliqué birch trees stand tall along the lobby's windows.
The board-certified medical professionals at Universal Healthcare Specialists treat patients of all ages—from infants to the elderly—based on a holistic, whole-body ethos centered on physical therapy and chiropractic care. With almost two decades of medical practice and a doctorate from the New York Chiropractic college, Dr. Mark Fedorczyk aims to treat the root causes of health anomalies rather than cover up symptoms with dozens of holographic Band-Aids. His team's methods and modalities, ranging from posture re-education and traction therapy to disc decompression and massage, help patients recover from chronic pain, sports and work injuries, and headaches, while medically supervised weight-loss programs give clients the motivation and tools to shed extra pounds and unsightly barnacles.
Husband-and-wife team Dr. Alan Rohrer and Ann Rohrer, a certified electrologist and master cosmetologist, founded Crystal Lume Medical Spa in an effort to help clients achieve their cosmetic goals with modern, noninvasive technologies. Ann brings an artists' eye to electrolysis, laser procedures, and microdermabrasion, working to illuminate natural beauty and reveal the da Vinci goddess hidden beneath depleted skin cells. Dr. Rohrer also emphasizes clients' good looks, rejuvenating facades with Botox, wrinkle fillers, Juvéderm, and other aesthetic services. They also wield lasers to eradicate unwanted tattoos and perform therapeutic massages to help erase tension caused by walking around with a tattoo that says "kick me."