The expert team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Athena Salon & Spa shares a common goal—to provide a relaxing escape from daily routine. To do this, they draw on a menu of spa and salon services that includes everything from haircuts to fruit-infused facial peels. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists rely on hot stones and deep-tissue techniques to melt soreness caused by stress or back flipping into an empty pool. The spa’s footbaths, at least, are filled with warm water and pulsating jets to soothe sore feet and prepare them for cuticle treatments. For special occasions, the beauty experts can combine services such as waxes and updos into packages for brides, grooms, and their miniature wedding-cake likenesses.
When recovering from serious accidents, David and Valerie Hopkins found relief in therapeutic massage. Since discovering the healing benefits of massage, the two have embarked on a journey that led them to opening Royal Care Lifestyle. A staff of certified massage therapists are dedicated to relieving and healing their clients' bodies, minds, and spirit animals. Clients find a simplified menu of services that lists massages simply by duration. This is because the staff consults with each client as to his or her problem areas and tolerance of pressure, and encourages feedback during the session, as the therapist draws from multiple modalities depending on the clients' needs.
Creation Salon’s team of expert stylists, therapists, and aestheticians enhances hair, skin, nails, and muscles within a brightly hued cottage storefront. Owner Amber Hale and her fellow coiffeuses treat locks to alluring new ‘dos or blowouts, daub tresses with block coloring, and charm snakes before sculpting gorgon-inspired dreadlocks. Manicures and pedicures treat appendages to massages and herb soaks, and facials soothe stressed skin with gentle cleansers. A warm bath of wax relieves underarms, bikini areas, and eyebrows of unwanted fringe and primes skin for applications of glitter tattoos, whose waterproof designs pay homage to favorite shapes or phrases from the Constitution. Behind a mint-green façade and wrought-iron porch, a gleaming chandelier casts its warm light on the salon’s reception area.
The Best Day Spa soothes customers with myriad treatments, but its specialty is the massage. Therapists tickle spines with a dozen traditional massage modalities, ranging from hot-stone and sports massages to couples massage and their signature Best Day massage, which combines techniques from different modalities with aromatherapy to lull the senses into a state of NASA-approved bliss. They also perform five types of Thai massage, including Thai herbal massage and the Thai and Swedish combo massage.
When not taming backs beleaguered by muscles knotted into the shape of 19th-century presidents, the specialists at The Best Day Spa invigorate visitors with body treatments. They apply scrubs and European mud wraps, as well as perform facials, waxing, nail treatments, and foot reflexology. The staff employs products from companies such as Young Living, iLike Organic Skin Care, and Glo Therapeutics.
A visit to Elements Skin Care & Massage Studio is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the senses. In each of the spa’s spacious chambers, the stark geometry of dark wood furniture complements the flowing lines of a sheer curtain, a linen-draped massage table, or a single potted orchid. These aesthetic pleasures only serve to enhance the sensory decadence that the staff of skin specialists, massage therapists, and nail technicians grant their clients. A slate of 10 facials —including a signature service that treats not only the face to a massage, but the feet, legs, back, and scalp as well—help stave off blemishes and fine lines with Bioelements products. In private massage rooms, therapists call on several modalities to ease tension with hot stones, firm pressure, or pregnancy-appropriate strokes, as reflexology foot treatments ease tension stemming from tight shoes or arguments between toes. Feet can also bask in the spa’s many pedicures, which go beyond standard nail-salon services to incorporate heated lava shells, warm neck wraps, and even complimentary martinis.
To Doctors Justin and Kimberly Hoffman, disease is not something that should be treated only with a pill—as naturopathic medical doctors, they posit that all ailments have a strong relationship to one's overall well-being, and that taking a measured, holistic approach can not only alleviate immediate concerns, but also help improve overall health and well being in the long run. Aside from prescribing medications to ailing patients when necessary for conditions such as hormonal imbalance, musculoskeletal injuries, and metabolic imbalances, the doctors also work in tandem with other healthcare providers to help healthy patients maintain their well-being and fortify children against bacteria and HDTV.