In a cozy alcove lit by a chandelier, overstuffed pillows prop clients up while their feet soak in a warm bath. Nearby, a nail technician leans over a set of freshly lacquered nails, and the click of a blow dryer sends a wash of warm air across a new 'do. This flurry of activity is typical of the interior of Salon Lusso—no surprise given the vast list of services available to clients, from spray tanning and perms to acrylic nail art painted with tiny likenesses of Johnny Futurepresident, an up-and-coming politician who claims to have no interest in becoming president.
Chiropractor and licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Wendy Cunningham, addresses common health problems with natural solutions and treatments, including the ancient Chinese method of acupuncture. An initial consultation (a $35 value) lasts about 45 minutes and thoroughly discusses patient concerns before laying out an acupuncture treatment plan. During the course of two 25-minute acupuncture treatments (a $65 value for each), fine needles situate themselves along invisible meridians that run throughout the body from north to south. Like every M&M color, each point has a specific meaning and, when unblocked, can help facilitate the flow of vital energy throughout the body. The tiny needles increase blood flow and boost the production of collagen and elastin, allowing skin tone and color to improve, while ironing out fine lines like miniature metallic seamstresses.
Above plush leather sofas and earthen orange floors, a large art piece spirals from the salon's ceiling like a sparkling crystal earring. These elegant accents set the tone as skilled stylists craft sleek updos and splash strands with colorful highlights. Guests may also seek voluminous lash extensions, pamper their mugs with facials, or retreat to a private room for relaxing doses of therapeutic massage.
Given the name, it should come as no surprise that Elements Therapeutic Massage pays extra attention to the basic elements of massage. One of these is compassion, and it follows that the staff takes care to match each client with the therapist best suited for the job. Borrowing from different modalities, therapists calibrate each session to one of four distinct levels of pressure. These levels encompass everything from gentle strokes to deeper trigger-point work and may relieve ailments such as stress, chronic aches, and shoulders stuck in a permanent, perplexing shrug.
The learned team of doctors and therapists at Avanti Health assuage chronic discomfort, pain from personal injury, and other health conditions with chiropractic and massage services. Before dipping into the dim, cozy treatment rooms, clients step into the Avanti Health office, which is illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows that cast natural light upon a marble-top reception desk, verdant potted plants, and shadows giving each other massages. Fully dedicated to patrons' overall wellness, the staff also helps patrons shed excess pounds with programs for medical weight loss, dieting, and exercise.
Founded in 1968 by the county’s first physical therapist, North Idaho Physical Therapy quickly made a name for itself by helping local athletes, loggers, and miners get back to doing what they do best. More than four decades later, the center has expanded to three locations and taken on a team of medical specialists whose expertise ranges from massage therapy to chiropractic. Though their specialties are diverse, the staff members share one important thing in common: They all emphasize individual care through customized treatment programs. These programs may include rehabilitative therapies, soothing ashiatsu massages, or strength training in preparation for long days of logging or sawing slow desktop computers in half.
From inside Flawless Full Service Salon, skilled aesthetician Stephanie Hendrickson transforms sparse eye strands into luscious lashes with individually applied synthetic extensions. Her deft hands affix new lashes with medical-grade adhesive until eyes obtain a naturally full look or bear fringe long enough to fan the person sitting opposite. She also embellishes appearances with permanent makeup, shaving precious minutes off of morning routines.