Natural Oasis: A William Edge Aveda Spa is an Aveda-concept spa fueled by the brand’s botanically inspired products. Licensed massage therapists administer the 75-minute elemental nature massage, which relies on a custom blend of Aveda aromas and a variety of massage styles to target sore muscles as effectively as a laser sight on a glove targets a high-five partner. A questionnaire precedes the elemental nature facial so that aestheticians can cosset face plates in scents and products selected according to the client's preferences and beauty needs.
A cream shag rug, exposed steel beams, and zebra-print ottomans impart a funky feel to the interior of Co. Capelli Hair Salon, whose grand opening attracted the likes of Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. An expert in hair extensions, owner Sam Parker handpicked a multitalented staff of stylists to enhance clients' locks with glue-free Klix extensions or trim and highlight existing hair. Med-spa treatments such as Botox, chemical peels, and laser treatments leave skin smooth and glowing, and massages help muscles to unwind.
Lilac Healing Center is staffed by a diverse group of trained therapists who improve their clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Founded by licensed massage therapist Kathryn McDaniel, Lilac Healing Center slowly grew out of a series of other businesses—what began simply in 2002 as a place where people went to get a massage became a destination for all kinds of healing services. Today, the staffers not only perform bodywork and therapeutic yodeling, but they also provide acupuncture, energy work, and custom vitamin programs. In addition, the center hosts a multitude of both private and group yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.
Signature Service: Therapeutic massage
Brands Used: Biotone massage gel
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 [or more] minutes early to fill out paperwork so that it doesn't cut into your time on the table.
Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
Yes, in more ways than one. First, the human body was created to be a fine-tuned machine. The muscles lengthen and shorten to provide movement. Everything knows what it is supposed to do. Second, I believe that you need to be joyful and grateful for the blessings in your life, as well as the struggles that have brought you to where you are now. A beautiful heart is the difference between being joyful and grateful, or miserable and bitter.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
Biotone massage gel. I have used it for Swedish and therapeutic work and it hasn't let me down yet. It provides the glide I like for Swedish yet isn't too slick for the more precise therapeutic work. As I usually tend to have clients like a mix of both, it has worked out very nicely.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Having the "The World Revolves Around Me" attitude. I don't care how beautiful you are, that is ugly. It causes you to do things that are rude, and makes you obnoxious because you feel everyone around you needs to know when you are unhappy--which is usually most of the time.
Gordon Robison’s small-town upbringing in Tennessee, along with his passion for preparing young women for Teen and Miss USA pageants, led him to create Gordon & Co. Salon, a spa that features high-end treatments in an inclusive, down-home atmosphere. In addition to treating scalps with Pravana coloring products and Aquage styling balms, Gordon's affable staffers perform body treatments and massages. Scrubs incorporate coffee or honey and almond scents, and spray tans leave skin looking sun-kissed without the painful radioactive lip marks. The massage therapists draw from a number of therapeutic modalities, targeting knotted muscles with gentle kneading or improving sluggish circulation and lymphatic flow with energy work.
Dr. Christopher Clarke and Dr. Jerry Lo have something in common that they use to identify with their patients: they both played multiple sports. Each doctor appreciates an active if not athletic lifestyle, and they use their chiropractic skills—along with educations in kinesiology—to help their clients achieve just such a lifestyle. By taking a “whole-person approach,” the duo seeks out any underlying causes of pain or other problems. Then, they happily tackle those issues with manual chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and therapeutic exercises. Dr. Clarke also creates custom foot orthotics that help alleviate knee and back pain—often the result of playing sports or trying to knee yourself in the back.