Overseen by owner and veteran hair-tamer Monica Richardson, The Element Total Salon transforms languid locks into voguish 'dos within the cheerful climes of its elegant interior. The salon's professional squad of hair specialists skillfully chops customers' mops, attracting compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Follow up the cut with a blow-dry that freshens follicles with a bracing rush of air and seals in the pulchritude of your newly clipped noodle nest.
Therapeutic Touch's owner and operator Tami Lipscomb welcomes fellow skin owners into a calming, comfortable environment, specially tailored to enrich the soul and exterminate stress bats from all muscular caves and belfries. Colorful walls bedecked with beach photos set a relaxing mood for any one of her four 60-minute massage services ($60). Once you lay down, Lipscomb will discuss your targeted areas and maneuvering preferences, all catered to your desired pressure levels. She'll then use knot-nullifying hands to perform either the deep, long strokes of Swedish massage, the deeper, localized pressure of the deep-tissue massage, the stress-reducing techniques of the relaxation massage, or the bamboo fusion massage's steady application of warmed bamboo, a comfortable alternative to hot stone massage. Upon completion of a corpus-liberating knead-fest, Lipscomb will offer a paraffin treatment ($5) to either your hands or feet, whereby digits are soothed by a warm wax. Unlike greedy steamboat captains, Lipscomb doesn't ask for tips after your one-hour vacation, instead letting her professional work speak for itself.
If you told Shannon DeCamp years ago that she would become the official massage therapist of the Dayton Gems professional hockey team, she might have thought you were one winger short of a line change. The former waitress and bartender took an interest in the medical benefits of massage therapy after suffering from sciatica and seeking chiropractic care in an office that also housed a licensed massage therapist. She went on to graduate from the Dayton School of Medical Massage and earn licensure, and has trained in the areas of Swedish, sports, therapeutic, pregnancy, and hot-stone massage.
DeCamp now owns Regain Solace Therapeutic Massage—which operates inside At Peace Massage & Wellness—and offers mobile massage services in clients' homes. She also performs in-office chair massages, soothing muscles that are sore from rearranging cubicles into mini labryinths.
At Peace Massage & Wellness is a one-stop shop for muscular euphoria, backing each offered service and class with the deft touch and extensive knowledge of an expert staff. Pull the plug on shoulder and back pains with your choice of any of the center's nine 60-minute massages ($60). Swedish massage employs long, soothing strokes to relieve muscular tension and improve blood flow, while craniosacral therapy aims to restore balance within the membranes and fluids surrounding the spinal cord, subsequently increasing the body's ability to heal itself, ward off disease, and reprimand inconsiderate cannonballers. Warm bamboo therapy is a rather new modality that combines the gentle kneads of Swedish massage with the application of controlled heat (via warmed bamboo and rattan) to simultaneously melt away everyday stress and stubborn summer popsicles.
Indigo Salon and Spa's troupe of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists rejuvenates and beautifies guests within elegant environs decked in wood, leather, and chiffon to achieve a rich, shabby-chic vibe. Thermal wraps and spa treatments slough off the stress of everyday life or a single day of lion taming, and shelves lined with bath bombs, soaks, and scrubs proffer take-home tranquility.
Sizeable mirrors, framed in white and affixed to light cream walls, reflect tresses mid-transformation as guests lounge in white leather styling seats alongside Paul Mitchell products. Chandeliers illuminate stylists' fingers, and diaphanous draperies separate workstations. In the lobby, waiting clients can nibble treats or sip steamy mugs from the coffee and tea bar as they bask in the glow of a candle-filled fireplace or burn a piece of paper with the name of their old stylist on it.