As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Inside a charming Victorian house, Lindsey Garger works, digging into her toolbox of shears, clippers, and professional styling products daily to give each client a look of their own. Specializing in colors and highlights, her skills cover the gamut of hair sculpting, from wedding updos to a bangs trim.
East Side and West Side Athletic Clubs offer pampering for all bodies, ages, and fitness types with facilities packed with swimming pools, racquetball courts, childcare centers, and cardio decks. Group fitness classes make use of the studio space and include high-energy Zumba or relaxing yoga, with water aerobics taking place in the indoor pool or the high-pressure showers. In addition to workout amenities, guests can take advantage of bountiful spa and relaxation services including massages, acupuncture, and a full-service hair salon. Each of the three locations has its own personality and offerings. See the full list for each location here.
Owners Heather Harris and Corey Kolln believe in their practice’s powerful benefits, so much so that they encourage regular visits from customers through a membership program that offers deep discounts. Amid their office’s tranquil environment, they administer signature massages that focus on each client's specific problem areas, incorporating hot stones, aromatherapy, and steamed towels for maximum tension and stress relief. As an extra defense against muscle soreness, they can place herbal analgesic patches on muscles, helping to ease pain for up to two days while increasing the likelihood that family members will ask if you've been rolling around in the herb garden again.
Licensed massage therapist Michelle Dusek helps clients of all shapes and sizes overcome the stresses of modern life. Michelle believes that because all bodies are built slightly differently, massages need to be fluid. For this reason, she conforms to an infinite number of body shapes like somebody who makes coffins for snowflakes.
Michelle works equally hard to keep clients comfortable throughout each session. During deep-tissue, trigger-point, or stretching sessions, clients relax on a thickly padded massage bed surrounded with glowing lanterns and potted plants. A large window admits cascades of natural light, letting clients' half-open lids keep tabs on the outside world.
At Nadya Massages, licensed massage therapist Nadya Kielhorn has dedicated the past nine years to delivering bodies from stress. Well versed in multiple modalities of massage, she specializes in styles that assist with chronic pain, postural problems, and past injuries. Her practice shares space with other professionals dedicated to total-body health, including a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a naturopathic physician, and a professional hugger, making the office a one-stop shop for all manner of medical and holistic therapies.