As one of the oldest cosmetology schools in the area, the Salon Schools Group has been churning out highly trained manicure mavens, visage revolutionaries, and overall bodily beautifiers for nearly eight decades. Drop by any location and let one of the up-and-coming cosmetologists stage a performance of their freshly honed skills under the supervision of an expert instructor before they matriculate to some of the finest salons in the area. Services, which vary by school location, include a cranberry bog facial from Westerville's spa menu, which cleanses and heals the skin with antioxidants and essential oils and, like any fruitful spelunking expedition, concludes with a shampoo and blow dry ($32.50). Heath's salon menu offers deluxe haircuts with a blow dry and curling-iron style ($9–$11) and cap highlights ($29–$30). Liberate upper lips and eyebrows from the tyranny of excess fuzz with a wax from Canal Winchester's spa offerings ($7 each), or sharpen your claws with the full set of sculptured nails offered on Karl Road's salon menu ($20). There are a slew of equally indulgent treatments at all seven locations. Go in for a marathon glam session before the office prom, or spread out services over multiple visits.
Amid exposed brick and the warm, sunny walls of a converted coffee shop is Kimberly Jo Hite, the eponymous owner and creator of Hite Wellness. The self-described "Jill of all trades" welcomes her patrons to step beneath her large umbrella of services, which encompasses everything from facials and massages to energy work and intuitive guidance. As a holistic health practitioner, aesthetician, ordained minister, and reiki master, Hite has all the tools necessary to boost total-body wellness and make clients feel happier than an unsupervised kid at a fireworks store.
Ever since she can remember, Rebekah Robison has had a passion for helping people; massage therapy was a perfect fit. She began her journey at the Dayton School of Medical Massage, where she learned helpful techniques such as neuromuscular bodywork, Swedish massage, and how to open a mayo jar with one finger. Today, CoreCare Chiropractic & Tissue Rehab offers a cozy, private setting for Rebekah to heal clients with her specialty bodywork and a warm, welcoming smile.
Licensed massage therapist Brandy Reed turns muscle frowns upside down with a diverse array of massage techniques. Brandy can lull you into a serene trance with relaxation bodywork or draw on the heat-retention powers of smooth rivers stones to access lower-layer aches. Clients may also request a sports massage to improve their range of motion and pretend they are prizefighters without the hassle of all that fame and money.
Tracy DeJonge had long wanted to make a career out of helping people feel better both physically and emotionally, so acquiring her massage-therapy license from the State Medical Board of Ohio was a dream come true. She first began work at a chiropractor's office, where she gleaned insider training in deep-tissue techniques and learned the negative effects of using massage lotion when someone specifically asks for beef gravy. Now at her own massage studio in the relaxing confines of Advantage Fitness Club, Tracy continues to sideline chronic tension with hot-stone therapy, deep-tissue techniques, and sessions aimed at relaxation.
Nestled within the peaceful confines of a breezy, tropical setting, Banyan Leaf Spa unwinds tightly coiled muscle bundles with its custom massage services and paw pampering. Let the spa's legion of tension-taming therapists relieve a workday's worth of bodily aches with a 50-minute stress-relief massage, which returns overworked faxing and stapling muscles to their natural suppleness (up to an $85 value). After bodies receive a thorough coddling, hands and feet will receive a rejuvenating Eco-fin paraffin treatment, moisturizing digits for smoother, more authoritative high-fives and windmill kicks (a $35 value).