Blue is everywhere here, from the cerulean-, azure-, and aquamarine-stained windows to the very name of Blue MedSpa. Dr. Landon McLain, medical director of the beauty haven inside the Westin hotel at Bridge Street Town Centre, helms a team of registered nurses, aestheticians, and physicians who focus on restoring youthful appearances. They use advanced equipment such as SmartLipo to reduce the appearance of cellulite, IPL laser machines for photofacials, and six types of dermal fillers to send fine lines scurrying beneath floorboards. Blue also provides traditional salon and spa services with Pureology and Redken products, as well as skincare products from iS Clinical and its own signature line. Regardless of the service, each med-spa staffer takes a holistic approach to treating clients to ensure their beauty goals are accomplished.
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.
Certified aesthetician Dorothy Fox refines facial features with a variety of age-thwarting services within her studio at the Huntsville Massage Professionals spa. Clients banish wrinkles, imperfections, and memories of mankind's muddy primordial origins with 50-minute microdermabrasion facials, during which a diamond-tip wand is used to transform flesh into a more vibrant, supple visage. In the 50-minute pumpkin peel, the beautification matron cleans and degreases epidermises before applying a beta C nutrition mask and six corrective serums to coax impurities from the skin. An SPF protector shields cells from attacking sun rays, and a hydrator leaves faces shining like a second-grade spelling-bee champion.
At Five Points Chiropractic, Dr. Sam McGough draws from his training at Texas Chiropractic College and more than 10 years of experience to help patients overcome pain. He utilizes spinal decompression equipment to gently remove pressure from the disc, a process that has been shown to increase blood flow to injured areas and promote pain relief. When addressing whiplash and sports injuries, he applies manual adjustments. Neither method involves any medication or invasive techniques, relying instead on the body's own healing properties.
There are roughly 100,000 hairs on the average human head and master stylist Annette Joplin is an expert at wrangling them into a single stylish unit. Here, she brings more than 25 years of beauty-industry experience and continuing education to her clients, who can request a sharp, edgy, or vintage look. Skilled in handling all types of hair, she also adds pop or dimension with optional color placement before sculpting hair into new dos. Annette is also an ace with a nail file, and can decorate fingers, toes, and metal hook hands with any of the salon’s many color polishes.
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.