The scents of exotic botanicals pervade the private treatment room at Elements of Wellness, where licensed therapist Tyrika C. Williams pairs the aromatic blends with soothing massage strokes and spa treatments. Williams claims that she followed her passions to a career in massage therapy, and those same passions remain evident in the way she carefully devises treatments to match the needs of each of her clients. Among her four modalities, relaxation massages soothe muscles with rhythmic Swedish strokes, and therapeutic massages facilitate faster recovery times after spending games of hide-and-seek in the trash compactor. Williams’s other spa therapies include an exfoliating foot treatment and a nourishing soy body wax to loosen muscles before and during a massage.
At inSPAration studio at cutLoose hair salon, skilled stylists shear and style clients' hair in the shadow of the salon's mission statement, which is written across a wall of the salon to remind the aestheticians and hairstyling artists to constantly strive for aesthetic innovation and excellence. The philosophy belongs to owner Michelle Guzman, a stylist with 20 years of experience whose commitment to her ideals is evident in every inch of the salon, from the eye-catching brick-and-mortar shelves that house products from Biodroga, Glo Therapeutic, and Bumble and bumble, to the polished, jet-black washing stations beneath. The staff reinforces its commitment to high-quality styling, coloring, waxing, and facials by pursuing ongoing education, staying apace of the industry and checking for updates on scissors? mandatory retirement age.
Spa owner, aesthetician, and massage therapist Karen Randon strives to restore her clients’ natural radiance with a combination of relaxing and cosmetic treatments developed throughout her more than decadelong career. The spa's massage selection includes gentle Swedish sessions, pain-relieving deep tissue therapy, and hot-stone treatments, which ease aching backs by channeling their past lives as lava. Aloe-herbal body wraps coax bodily toxins out of their pores, leaving patrons with a feeling of well-being, and LED teeth-whitening treatments use bleaching gels and light energy to transform pearly-white smiles into alabaster grins.
As fatigued bodies enter The Root of You Salon and Day Spa, music and soothing aromas envelop them. At the salon, stylists cut and color hair, care for nails, and apply makeup for special events and momentous peace talks. Aestheticians present a choice of eight facials that each come with a light massage and hand treatment. The body studio's massage therapists chase stress away with modalities such as warm-stone, aromatherapy, and sports massage. During private parties, the space transforms into a festival of flowers, gift baskets, and catering organized by an event manager and a hostess.
Zada McGuire, owner of Natural Gifts Holistic Center, advocates using therapeutic massage and holistic health philosophies as an alternative to medication. In a calming atmosphere, McGuire and her team of therapists execute various massage and energy treatments to help clients to overcome emotional and physical hurdles.
"Craniosacral therapy is probably the most life-changing” of the center’s offerings, says McGuire. “We just corrected a lady with TMJ” using the technique's signature combination of massage and energy work. But McGuire and her team also heal with traditional massage therapy, reducing muscle tension and anxiety without medicine, harsh therapies, or industrial-size steamrollers. “People think it has to hurt for them to walk out and feel different, but that’s not the case,” McGuire says.
Although Clear Lake Massage Center offers just one type of treatment—massage—the staff uses it to focus on a wide spectrum of ailments and aches. Having 11 distinct types of massage in their arsenal, including gentle Swedish sessions and more vigorous sports massage, allows them to tackle pain from a variety of angles. The staff ensures that each session suits your personal needs, whether you prefer more pressure than normal or like to listen to whale songs during massages.