Massage therapist Melissa Johnson helps heal bodies with a selection of treatments within the art-adorned walls of a boutique relaxation studio. Clients can choose from various massage modalities such as a relaxing Swedish massage or a prenatal massage, which can alleviate the stress caused by knitting an entire baby's wardrobe with nothing but a needle and a million blades of grass. Blu Healing Spa's relaxation artisan also specializes in oncology massages. Each healing treatment is individualized to help alleviatie specific problems such as chronic tension caused by uncomfortable office chairs. Dimly lit massage rooms calm clients as they allow stress to melt from every pore under the gentle heat of warm blankets.
Licensed massage therapist Cheri at Huntsville Massage Professionals cossets patrons in one of four ultramoisturizing 90-minute body wraps. Apricot and lactic-acid infusions reinforce the cell-renewing effects of Provence rose clay in each European rose wrap, resulting in smooth skin that feels softer than a cat wearing a silk pantsuit. Body Lush wraps quench parched pelts, and a Firmi Sea session tautens epidermises with a potent combination of vitamins, minerals, and French algae. Organic silts culled from Eastern European lakes fortify the black Baltic wrap, which improves skin texture and extracts such pore-obstructing impurities as dirt, oil, and Calvin Coolidge masks. Skilled therapists knead parceled patrons toward ever-deeper stages of relaxation during an included 30-minute back massage.
Nationally certified massage therapist Alexis Rich melts muscular tightness and eases chronic pain with several massage modalities. Broad and fluid Swedish strokes smooth away stress, whereas deep-tissue massages target specific aches with additional pressure and a motivational speech. Clients can relax under the radiating warmth of a hot-stone massage or steep paws in a foot soak followed by an arch-plying reflexology treatment. Alexis also illuminates visages with custom facials, blending her own formulas from homemade ingredients. Guests repose in a private room sheltered by sapphire surroundings and a wall mirror rimmed in ethereal lights that lends to an ambiance calmer than a placid lake after anger-management classes.
Licensed massage therapist Amanda Peoples draws on more than nine years of experience in the medical field to help clients escape tension, chronic pain, and joint immobility with a collection of massage modalities. In her studio, she calls on techniques from nine different massage styles that include trigger-point therapy, shiatsu, prenatal, and sports massage. Her gentle kneads and gliding strokes may help increase blood flow, and reduce stiffness, pain, and tension. After a massage, clients may be able to fight off germs with a stimulated immune system, and more flexible joints allow them to comply with the court-ordered “kick me” signs on their backs.
Gleaning her baking skills from her mother and grandmother, Gigi's Cupcakes' eponymous owner opened her first cupcake hub in 2008, drawing upon her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for crafting beautifully topped cupcakes. The franchised cupcakery now has 50 locations, each of which churns out 12 daily-rotating flavors that are made fresh every morning. The shop's selection of more than 40 flavors includes Canadian Maple, Southern Comfort, and Champagne—a bubbly-flavored base topped with an edible pearl. Patrons can pick out sweet treats from the daily selection or preorder them at least one day in advance online, by phone, or via singing telegram.