Derek Ramsey's interest in kinesiology and anatomy—as well as his desire to help others find freedom from pain and stress—nudged him toward a career in massage therapy. After graduating from the Southeastern Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy, he opened Allay Massage, where he cossets muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques amid lime-green and yellow walls. Upon arrival, clients sip on complimentary water and then spend 10 minutes talking with Derek, coming to an agreement about the goals for the session. When the massage concludes, Derek spends another 10 minutes reviewing the session and offering clients tips for better posture and health. Clients can also opt to become a member to help keep costs down, postures up, and unionized vertebrae happy.
After being laid off from his engineering job, Nelson Berry decided to open Stonehaven Massage & Spa. Now, more than two years later, Berry presides over a Stonehaven location that is as luxurious to lounge in as a private jet parked in a giant jacuzzi. In the stonework lobby, flowers cluster around mirrors and pitchers of lemon water. Murals of waterfalls and oceans signal the themes of each treatment room, where clients can relax during massage modalities ranging from traditional Swedish to deep tissue massage. From there, aestheticians can take over with facials or waxing services.
The master colorists at Limelights Hair Color Studio aren't afraid to reach beyond the rainbow with their styling services. Highlights and all-over color treatments play up flattering shades, which range from classic browns, blonds, and blacks to iridescent pinks and purples. The staff also manipulates hair texture with keratin-straightening formulas, defeating frizz more quickly than peer pressuring each strand to "loosen up already." The lime-accented benches around the salon bespeak the bright attitudes and edgy 'dos found within.
Located just outside The Pointe on Brawley School Road, Divinity Spa welcomes clients with hardwood floors, and slate grey walls. These cool accents promote relaxation as licensed aestheticians slough off dead skin during micro-dermabrasion facials or apply fresh coats of color during spa pedicures. Clients may also banish unwanted fuzz with waxing services, and then impart newly smooth skin with a glowing sheen thanks to all natural spray-tan treatments.