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.
The staff at Plaza 101 Salon and Spa helps clients look their best from crown to toenail, cultivating elegant looks amid stately surroundings of exposed brick and mahogany furnishings. In addition to trimming wayward strands, the stylists can invent a dramatic new look by using highlights or lowlights to add depth and dimension. The salon's massage therapist designs custom sessions that can incorporate a mélange of Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, myofascial-release, and reiki therapies in order to address each individual's needs. While the nail technicians beautify digits with the rejuvenating benefits of paraffin dips and Dead Sea salt, Dr. Debra Mowery steps in to offer physician-supervised cosmetic procedures, including injectable dermal fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion sessions that can improve the skin's tone, texture, and bioluminescent capabilities.
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.
At Starkey Medical Esthetics, certified aesthetician and nurse practitioner Michelle Meinhart addresses fine wrinkles, skin anomalies, and unwanted body hair with a team of laser technicians and FDA-approved lasers. With a Pearl Fractional or StarLux laser, the technicians aim to reduce the appearance of sun, age, leopard, and brown spots and restore skin structure and vitality. The team also works to permanently remove excess hair with CoolGlide lasers and enhance epidermal glow with facials that include cleansing masks, serums, and moisturizers. Newer offerings include Fishes Kisses Pedicures and nail services.