Tabitha Stubbs never expected to find her calling in massage therapy. She started as a complete novice, but as she became versed in the practice, she discovered that massage was her true passion. Now a certified massage therapist, Tabitha loves to work with her hands, letting the healing powers of massage flow through her in the same way that basketball strategy courses through Stan Van Gundy. To address her clients’ varying therapeutic needs, Tabitha offers a variety of massage-therapy services, including deep-tissue, reflexology, sports, and prenatal massage.
Most people wouldn’t associate the military with relaxation, and neither does former army man Jason Fells. During his six-year stint in the employ of Uncle Sam, he dreamed of dedicating himself to healing. Today, with characteristic discipline and precision, he soothes bodies through massage, clears up complexions with LED light therapy, and tightens elasticity with anti-aging facial massages. When he's not redirecting chi through reiki, he redistributes calories as a personal trainer and tries to understand the jumping jack's deep-seated resentment toward jump ropes as an exercise psychologist.
As a Gulf War veteran and Air Force reservist, Rene' Johnson knows stress better than most. She draws on this experience, as well as a comprehensive education in anatomy to rewire the body's circuitry and promote wellness. Though her specialties are in orthopedic, sports, and rehabilitative massage, deep-tissue and Swedish techniques are also available to promote relaxation. When not mending muscles, Rene' enjoys travel, spending time with friends and family, and massaging knots out of low-hanging tree limbs.
Each staff member at All About You Salon & Day Spa kicks in some specific expertise, allowing them to work together in the pursuit of beauty and health. Stylists cut and color hair and mold manes into classy updos before patrons go to important photo shoots or get their heads stuck through the bannisters at the White House. Aestheticians armed with wax remove unwanted patches of fuzz and wield gentle chemical solutions to even out skin tones during peels. Drawing on five distinct modalities, including deep tissue and reflexology, massage therapists elicit happy sighs. A weight-loss specialist visits the salon once a week to help customize fitness programs for patrons.
Instead of withholding the secrets to healthy nails, the expert staffers at Polish Nail Bar do the unthinkable—they dispense them freely to all who sidle up to the black manicure bar that doubles as a social hub. Owner Crystal Davis and her team of technicians get to know each client personally during sessions by chatting freely as though they were catching up with long-lost friends or robot friends that were dropped in water. Each nail treatment occurs in steps, with manicurists tagging in and out for various parts of the procedure to apply their unique expertise where it counts. Mavala, a cuticle cream made in Switzerland, helps fingers and toes replenish much-needed vitamins and amino acids and delicate ghosts of scent drift from essential oils and jojoba oils. After clients leave, ready to raise their hands during secret-mission briefings with newfound pride, treatment areas and equipment are wiped down with hospital-grade disinfectants that evict lingering germs and odors.
Licensed massage therapist Lisa Pinson uses her skill in a variety of massage modalities to craft customizable sessions for her clients. As soft music permeates a quiet, private room, Lisa uses Swedish, deep-tissue, and specialty raindrop-therapy techniques to purge bodies of pain or stress. Raindrop therapy combines the soothing strokes of Swedish massage with reflexology and aromatherapy using nine different essential oils. Lisa also unties chronically knotted muscles with therapeutic massage, which allows her clients to relax and recharge their batteries at a complimentary battery-charging station.