Licensed massage therapist Caitrin Rames, LMT, specializes in shiatsu bodywork, a form of massage that focuses on balancing the body's chi in order to treat internal ailments and imbalances. Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, shiatsu massage employs focused pressure along the body's meridians to heal backs strained from kneeling in rice paddies or from pole vaulting over the Great Wall. In addition to her flagship shiatsu technique, Caitrin also soothes muscles with cranial-sacral-release therapy and pregnancy massages for expectant mothers.
Natural light floods into the cozy Hair Expressions Beauty Salon, giving the yellow stippled walls the vibrancy of a sunflower. Large mirrors add further dimension to the space as highly trained stylists ramp up tresses with sleek layer cuts and elegant color highlights. Clients may also de-frizz manes with a keratin smoothing treatment, or banish unwanted hair from brow outskirts with a specialty waxing session.
The beauty sculptors at Bellisimo transform locks with cut-and-color combos and refurbish fingertips with long-lasting Shellac manicures in a tranquil atmosphere. During a complimentary consultation, stylists determine the patron's desired coif and the hair's ability to rise up and defend itself against scissors. Hair tamers trim strands into fashionable looks and accentuate or change natural hues with partial highlights or all-over color, educating the client on relevant techniques and professional products such as Pureology and Redken.
Since 2008, the deft employees at Perfect Brow Bars have been manicuring arches with ancient Asian threading techniques. Stationed in malls throughout the central U.S., they welcome guests to stores and kiosks where string and manual finesse, rather than wax or tweezers, uproot unwanted facial hair. The method twists thread along the strands to methodically pull them from follicles with minimal discomfort. This approach reduces the risk of redness and ingrown hairs while forcing former unibrows to become wistful pen pals. Staff members can clear brows, sideburns, chins, and other facial zones of bothersome fuzz for a neatly groomed look.
Specializing in Swedish, pregnancy, and sports massage, licensed massage therapist Melissa Ertle tailors sessions held within Bakeris Family Chiropractic. She taps into her vast experience working at senior-living communities and athletic rehab training centers to help alleviate pain, boost circulation, and keep muscles loose.
Willow Day Spa owner Brooke Hodge has every corner of beauty covered. She is not only a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician but also a NovaLash eyelash extensionist and is trained in oncology spa treatments. Since opening the doors to Willow Day Spa, Brooke and her team of beauticians have relied on all-natural product lines, Tecniche and Pevonia, to gently yet effectively keep complexions looking young. The spa's aestheticians call upon seven different facial treatments, including LED light therapy and microdermabrasion, and remove unwanted hairs with antibacterial Nufree wax, which doesn’t irritate the skin by leaving behind a residue or its pager number. Cellulite and dehydration are banished with the help of mango-passion yogurt and green coffee-infused body treatments, and the menu's organic airbrush spray tan is designed to last for up to one week.
Brooke is able to help cancer patients and survivors maintain their appearance with oncology spa treatments that include reflexology and a facial. Her treatments combine the Morag Currin Method of Oncology Esthetics with fragrance-free Tecniche products. The beauty haven also outfits clients with a wide range of Raquel Welch and Eva Gabor wigs during private, complimentary consultations.
After ringing in the New Year by reopening in a new, spic-and-span storefront, Skin Deep Salon & Spa continues to transform neglected nails into the crowning glory of their digits. The full spa manicure trims talons, nudges overreaching cuticles into line, and coats newly smooth nail surfaces in a color that matches your mood. Those who choose to treat their toes can opt for the spa pedicure, relieving calluses built up by months of squeezing feet into stiletto clown shoes. Skin Deep offers its full menu of salon and spa services from a streamlined aesthetic atelier bedecked in dark wood tones and set aglow by floor-to-ceiling windows. After the treatment, toes emerge tapping and hands head out high-fiving any acquaintance or passing squirrel they meet.