Certified massage therapist Carrie Nolan coaxes sore and stressed muscles into a more relaxed state with a mitigating menu of clinical massages. The long, flowing strokes of the swedish massage are designed to increase oxygen flow in the bloodstream and oust toxins from their muscular fortifications and the deep tissue massage strives to evaporate stress caused by muscular misalignment, past injuries, and repetitive one-handed clapping. Athletes can prepare for big games and staring contests with the sports massage, which aims to relieve swelling and prevent fatigue as well as injuries. Expectant mothers can indulge in a prenatal massage, which seeks to reduce the flow of stress hormones to the baby and nourish them with increased circulation while relieving matronly lower back pains. This massage can also be enjoyed by new moms to help reduce the chances of depression following pregnancy and intolerably long rounds of marsupial-themed Pictionary.
Blueridge Beauty's aesthetician Stephanie Litten calls on 15 years of experience when performing spa services and holistic therapies that aim to enhance appearances and soothe away stress. An array of massage modalities ease aching muscles, and South African Bio Sculpture gel enlivens fingers with chip-resistant coats of bright color, allowing nails to grow stronger than a diamond-eating bodybuilder. Waxing treatments banish unwanted fuzz and heated paraffin wax cleanses façades during facials and pampers feet during pedicures.
In another life, the aestheticians of Brighter Image Day Spa were probably chefs. The spa's service list reads more like a restaurant menu, divided into "Appetizers" and "Entrees" sections ripe with ingredients that could be pulled from any gourmet's kitchen. Nail technicians sprinkle Dead Sea salt onto hands and feet to exfoliate skin and prevent pasta from sticking to it, and peach, mango, and sage infuse a selection of elaborate pedicures. In the spa, aestheticians nourish bodies with neroli body scrubs and minty back facials that empty grime-stuffed pores. After their treatments, patrons can shop the spa's own line of cosmetics, which integrate vitamins and sun protection into a spectrum of vivid colors for the eyes, lips, and face.
The owners of Lava Tanning & Massage stock their storefront with premium UV beds, as well as offer UV-free spray tanning procedures, earning their Salem location a spot on Looking Fit magazine's list of the Top 250 tanning salons in 2009. During visits, staffers help guests fight cellulite with a botanically based body wrap, combat stress with a massage, or work to diminish wrinkles and ill-mannered comparisons to shar-peis with a red-light therapy session.
Skin Therapy by Victoria’s master aesthetician Victoria Plymale uses a range of facial therapies to crack open dried-skin cocoons and reveal the youthful Wilford Brimley inside. A diamond microdermabrasion ($85 value) resurfaces skull coverings by improving texture, removing dead and flaking skin cells, and stimulating the production of young, fresh skin cells using facial fertilizers and collagen boosters. Microdermabrasion can also reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines, acne scars, and bite marks from ravenous houseplants. In the accompanying 30-minute vitamin C mini facial ($30 value), a customized facial mask soothes, hydrates, and removes lifeless skin cells from the face using tiny tongs, resulting in a radiant glow.