The progressive stylists at Ashley Lynn’s Hair Salon transform frazzled tresses into face-flattering ‘dos customized to each person’s unique features. An initial consultation draws the blueprints for coiffure reconstruction based on the client’s preferences, before scissors swoop in to snip away excess inches from lady locks or manly manes. A follicular wizard then arranges head threads in handsome order with whichever strands haven’t been cast to the ground or repurposed into makeshift mutton chops.
The experts at Healing Laser Centers can ease pain without a single touch. That's because they harness the healing power of the cold laser, a device that sends low levels of energy deep into strained and injured muscles to jump-start the healing process. In each 5- to 20-minute treatment, staffers suffuse the body with this powerful light energy to relieve pain caused by work stresses, athletic endeavors, or attempts to give itself a back massage. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment and often feel progressively better for days afterward. To enhance the technology's muscle-mending capabilities, the center also keeps massage therapists on staff for hands-on tension relief.
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.
Despite her role as the owner of Studio 1146, Lindsay Duggan still works behind the chair to keep her aesthetician's senses sharp. She and her staff command expertise over a gamut of spa and salon services, capable of beautifying chipped nails and coloring actresses' hair for black-and-white movies.
Headley & Crawford—a partnership between licensed cosmetologists Anthony Headley and Ryan Crawford —spans the beauty spectrum with haircuts, mani-pedis, body waxing, massages, and facials. And now, with Stephanie Ulven on the staff, the salon and spa also bronzes their clients’ pelts. With a steady hand and a keen eye, Stephanie mists a custom spray tan over bodies, leaving a golden hue without any streaks or crop-circle designs.
The massage therapists at Destination Massage & Spa ease clients’ aches with more than just their hands. They maintain a running dialogue during appointments to answer any questions about the service and adapt the session to their individual needs. Eleven different massages take a variety of tracks to relieve stress, whether it’s the organic essential oils of the aromatherapy massage or the penetrating warmth of the hot-stone massage. During a fourhanded session, two therapists or half of an octopus blend a number of styles and techniques to fully relax bodies. Licensed aestheticians wield Dermalogica and Éminence products during facials and exfoliating salt glows to complete rounds of pampering.
It took Misty Hansen some time to discover her calling—she spent a number of years working various customer-service jobs—but in 2007 she discovered how to make the most of her innate abilities. During that year, she completed massage school, became a licensed massage therapist, and opened Massages By Misty, named the Best Day Spa, Best Massage Therapist, and Best Business in Norwalk by the Indianola Record Herald in 2012 and 2013. Since day one, she's been happily busy treating an array of clients, some of them referred by chiropractors. As a survivor of multiple car accidents throughout her life, she knows massage therapy's effectiveness in relieving people of pain and helping them recover from stress and injury.
Massages By Misty's treatment room features a heated massage table draped with luxurious sheets where guests enjoy treatments ranging from ancient Asian ashiatsu massages to rejuvenating body wraps. Misty asks clients to fill out a questionnaire so she can customize each session to focus on problem regions and avoid jacket pockets full of loose change.
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