Escape Day Spa co-owners Carrie Wheelock and Alicia Liddon know how therapeutic a day at the spa can be. Wheelock, an experienced massage therapist, has witnessed the restoration and healing power of touch while both giving and receiving massages. Liddon, on the other hand, is not only an aesthetician, but also a wife and mother of three who understands the daily stressors of family life. Her passion for healthy skin has helped ground her and was her inspiration for opening her own skincare clinic.
At the spa's new location in Edgewood, the duo and their team perform treatments that range from multimodality massages and facials with organic Babor products to mother-of-pearl body scrubs and mani-pedis with vegan SpaRitual polish. They also create spa packages that allow romantic couples, pairs of best friends, or celebrities and their egos to enjoy chocolates and champagne while relaxing together.
Licensed massage therapist Kim Benjamin sends clients out the door after every massage clutching one thing: a bottle of water. This commitment to making sure her patrons stay hydrated neatly sums up her quest for full-body health.
At A Room of Therapy, licensed massage therapist Octavia Stevens draws upon her expertise in half a dozen massage traditions to soothe beleaguered bodies. During 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages, Stevens's hands skate on the surface of your back, boosting circulation and oxygenating muscles. As her customized strokes—in modalities such as deep muscle, sports, and neuromuscular—hone in on high-priority areas, pleasant scents from fragrant essential oils create a soothing, therapeutic effect. For an extra fee, Stevens can add hot towels, hot stones, or hot potatoes.
Certified by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, licensed massage therapist Brooke Ballard eases tension from beleaguered bodies through an array of massage therapies. Soft music helps Brooke foster a nurturing environment for patients as she treats achy adults to the soothing ministrations of Swedish, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular massage, or mixes them into a customized session to address individual needs. A former kindergarten teacher, she also adapts her services for youngsters through pediatric massage therapy, which is tailored to suit children ranging from toddlers to young adults and helps them improve concentration and decrease anxiety ahead of an important interview with Santa.
For those seeking to spruce up appearances without surgery, Infinity Med-I-Spa's options are—true to the company's name—virtually infinite. For one, there are its numerous aesthetic lasers, which can remove hair, wrinkles, spider veins, tattoos, Mattel logos, and a range of other blemishes quickly and effectively. Facial treatments ranging from classic microdermabrasion to cutting-edge services such as the VI Peel and the Jet Peel rid pores of impurities and smooth over signs of aging, while medical weight loss services help clients shed inches with meal replacement shakes, medications, and vitamin injections.
Beyond enhancing the outside, the med-spa also helps clients feel better on the inside. Licensed massage therapists ease nagging pains and chronic tension with a range of modalities, from traditional strokes such as Swedish and deep-tissue to Eastern-inspired therapies such as energy work.
Soft, relaxing music battles audible oohs and aahs at Kacey Mayo's massage studio, where the licensed massage therapist calls upon her training in seven modalities to dissolve stress and pain. Mayo encourages clients to speak up about their expectations and needs so that she can tailor her services to treat past injuries and other areas of concern. Electric warmers keep massage beds toasty, and the specialist uses heated packs to keep unmassaged areas warm throughout each session.
If she were handed a list of humanity's basic needs, Crystal Sutton might write "relaxation" just beneath "food, water, and shelter." The licensed massage therapist believes that cutting down on stress at the spa shouldn't be a special occasion, but a regular occurrence. She even began a massage membership program to encourage monthly visits.
Crystal—who graduated from University of Alabama with a biology degree—backs up that perspective by citing its many benefits, which range from a decrease in chronic pain to better blood pressure. She strives to achieve these results in her clients with a handful of methods. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages complement specialized styles, such as a TMJ treatment—focused tissue work around the mouth that relieves pain in the jaw from trying to swallow whole grapefruits. For less medicinal treatments, Crystal keeps cosmetologist Michelle on staff who upgrades appointments with a mani-pedi or facial.