Although some may think the eyes, the hands, or the kneecaps are the most important parts of the body, Arnica Muscle & Fitness believes muscles are actually the most vital. With the motto “muscles move us,” the business tends to muscles through therapeutic massage, personal training, and fitness classes. Circuit training and yogilates—a hybrid yoga-Pilates class—put muscles through the ringer before a licensed massage therapist quells soreness and tension with targeted pressure, soothing strokes, and heated stones.
Amber Quigg's signature approach to massage therapy can promote healing in every single stage of her clients' lives. Before they're even brought into the world, Amber's prenatal treatments help babies and mothers-to-be relax during the stressful time that is pregnancy. As they grow up, her specialized pediatric massage can alleviate growing pains and anxiety surrounding a toddler’s choice of favorite-color crayon. Should they discover athletics as teenagers, sports massage prevents injury and kneads away kinks caused by the rigors of physical exertion. Amber's cozy space, which is decorated with hanging art, lighted by tea candles, and painted in serene hues, is also a great escape for grownups juggling work, parenting, and bowling balls.
DeLynn's Place tailors each one-hour deep-tissue massage to the individual client's needs, addressing muscle aches and chronic pain with strong pressure and repetitive strokes. A mixture of invigorating kneading and pinpoint application of pressure targets painful muscular kinks and knots, releasing the achiness and tension accumulated from the stresses of daily life and kangaroo boxing. The deep pressure also stimulates muscles, the lymph system, and blood vessels, encouraging an increase in circulation. With rich, oxygenated blood rushing into previously stifled tissues, the body's own healing systems are invigorated by the delivery of oxygen and the Sunday Times to bored, nutrient-deprived cells.
In the lobby of Spa 7, there is a large painting of a birdcage?but the cage is empty. Instead, the bird perches majestically at the cage's pointed top, poised as if for immediate flight. The image suits owner Stacey Rupe's philosophy well; she believes that the quest for outer beauty and emotional freedom starts when the body is liberated from the toxins and stress it keeps trapped inside. From colon hydrotherapy to massage, the Spa 7 team uses interior healing as a catalyst to create feelings of confidence and inner well-being that radiate outward. Stacey's staff of aestheticians then step forward to enhance the physical transformation externally with a slate of facials and other body treatments that renew skin with time-tested beautifying ingredients such as seaweed, essential oils, and Burt Reynolds's mustache hairs. Spa7's permanent makeup artist uses a steady hand to apply hypo-allergenic pigments to lashes, eyebrows, lips, and to the lining of the eye.
At Natural Solutions Massage Therapy, clients sink into heated massage tables, relinquishing pain and tension into their therapist's outstretched hands as soft music wafts through the air. Here, licensed massage therapists Mary Stucker and Gwendolyn Townsend customize sessions that last anywhere from 30- to 90-minutes, often incorporating luxurious extras such as organic massage oils, heated stones, or soft candlelight. The two are experts in classic modalities like Swedish and deep-tissue massage, but can also perform oncology massage, prenatal massage, and bamboo massage?the preferred massage type of most pandas.
Inside The Lucky Waxing Company, Carrie McDaniel forges her own unique path to beauty in a trendy and welcoming environment. In addition to providing expert waxing services, the styling sensei?who boasts more than 12 years of experience teaching young stylists the art of shaping and coloring hair?also tames tangled locks with Keratin treatments or infuses monochromatic hair with Glitter Strands. As a nail tech, she outfits fingers with Shellac polish and soothes feet with spa pedicures, complete with a leg massage that coddles calves in preparation for long-distance hopscotch races.