Licensed massage therapist Cassandra Dunlap has studied more than a dozen techniques in hopes of healing and rejuvenating her clients with integrative massage therapy. Rather than forcing each client to select a single massage style, such as reflexology or trigger-point therapy, she combines modalities based on individual ailments, recurring symptoms, or health goals. Before every session, Cassandra consults with clients to learn about any health issues—from chronic migraines to pulled muscles—and tailors her pressure and style to help ameliorate symptoms and reduce stress. House-made blends of aromatic oils inspire emotions and bolster positive moods; Pep Talk blends peppermint and sweet orange to bolster confidence, and Energize mixes lemon, rosemary, peppermint, and notes from the Rocky theme song. The spa's serene setting showcases a stone path winding through an indoor garden and an office decorated with ambient lighting and warm yellow walls.
The staff at Styles of India focuses solely on the art of hair removal to shape brows and remove unwanted fuzz across the entire physique. An ancient technique, threading makes use of pure cotton strands, rolled and lifted along the face and eyebrows to remove hair in a straight line—ideal for eyebrows or sculpting sideburns into the style Benjamin Franklin sported: lightning bolts. The technicians at Styles of India are also adept with wax, removing unwanted hair from legs, arms, and bikini lines.
The Yellow Brick Salon's staff guides clients on journeys of beautification, indulging bodies and cosseting hairdos en route to relaxation and new looks. The salon's stylists prettify manes and faces for big events and day-to-day glamor purposes, washing, snipping, and sculpting locks into a neat facial frame during the classic shampoo and style ($25) or turning up the hair’s hue dial with a full color ($50). For a season of head-turning or increased reflectiveness during night bicycling, highlights ($85) may add a new visual dimension to formerly 2-D tresses. Massage therapist Kimberly Williams-Rios turns the focus toward tired body expanses with an array of massage services ($60–$80), including a traditional medium-strength, 60-minute, Swedish muscle-kneading ($60) and a 90-minute stone massage ($80) that can prevent tension from shifting muscular-tectonic plates.
Advantage Massage Centers’ experienced stress-assuagers massage away muscle vexations in private rooms, each appointed with heated tables, lulling lighting, and peaceful music. The deep-tissue massage zeroes in on chronic muscle tension perpetrated by repetitive motions, misalignment, and injuries lingering from a past life as a contortionist. For 60 transcendental minutes, a skilled therapist works out deep tension and unties perplexing Flemish knots from sinews’ substrata with the targeted pressure of dexterous digits. You'll leave the Advantage Massage Centers' premises with muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet.
What makes your business stand out?
Even though kettlebell fitness has been around since the early 1700s as training for the Russian military, it has just recently … become known as an extreme way to [combine] cardio and strength building in one. My business is a unique business at this time, due to the fact many people are utilizing kettlebells incorporated in their other workout routines in the gym but not many have any idea how to work out exclusively with kettlebells. I teach them that, and they are getting amazing results very rapidly!
What is your most popular offering?
The unlimited group fitness classes for individuals and couples [are] the most popular because [they] give my clients the most flexibility with their schedule and a huge discount. The other [popular option] is our private in-home lessons, [which] are great for the very busy people who cannot make it to our location. We go to them [for class], which is a 30-minute session.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
One of my customers came to me at the beginning of class, very hesitant and negative about thinking he will not get a good workout working exclusively with kettlebells. Ten minutes into the class, he bowed his head to me and said with a smile, "You have humbled me in a great way, I'm so glad I came." He is a very dedicated customer to this day!
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Helping people on a daily basis get healthier and reach or, even better, exceed their fitness goals. I truly love people and love what I do!
Licensed esthetician Alessandra endeavors to make all of her clients feel beautiful, whether she's layering on a facial chemical peel or concentrating on their backs. In fact, her back facials include all of the soothing standards you would find in a spa treatment for your face: steam, an exfoliating scrub, a mask, and moisturizers, as well as extractions, if needed.
Alessandra customizes all of her services to address different conditions—her anti-aging facials reduce the appearance of fine lines, whereas acne facials cleanse pores to fight blemishes. However, clients can also augment their appointment with add-ons, such as a galvanic-electric-current treatment that improves their skin's absorption of PCA Skin products. Alessandra also removes unwanted hair with waxing services.