At Chaney's Natural, revitalizing the body is about more than muscle manipulation. Of course, the massage team commands an array of hands-on modalities designed to ease pain and promote relaxation, including Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and even energy-based reiki sessions. But the studio goes beyond outer relaxation by offering nutritional counseling services and mind-centering activities such as yoga classes, drum circles, and posing really hard riddles. Chaney's spans two locations and its Monongahela office is completely handicap-accessible, down to its wheelchair-friendly hydraulic massage bed.
Beyond a towering, slate-colored archway that looms over a façade of large windows, Salon Eye Candy's feminine interior merges elements of old and new. Surrounding modern styling stations styled after bedroom bureaus and manicure tables repurposed out of antique writing desks, the undulating branches of a hand-painted tree mural swirl across a whitewashed wall as a chandelier lends its eye-catching sparkle overhead. Stylists tend to heads with diligent snips of scissors and dollops of professional Wella hair color, while cosmetologists highlight facial features with cosmetic and eyelash applications. Meanwhile, nail techs refine extremities and lacquer nails with OPI polish and CND no-chip shellac manicures, and spray tans gild bodies in golden, UV-free hues to suggest a recent tropical vacation or romantic tryst with a film-award statuette.
Supervised by Ayurvedic physician and healer Dr. Lina Thakar, the specialists at Ayurveda Integrative Wellness Institute reach 5,000 years into the past when administering their Indian therapeutic techniques. The Ayurvedic philosophy centers on the individuality of each person, leading the staff to customize their blends of herbal oils and scents before beginning their Ayurvedic spa treatments. These calming procedures range from steam therapy to healing oil massage, with focuses such as detoxification and healing the mind, body, and spirit. During massage, technicians use several Ayurvedic techniques along the body's energy channel to help restore the flow of vital energy wherever it has become blocked. This in combination with herbal oils help squeeze out toxins to detoxify the body. The center also imparts wellness consultations on Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle options, as well as meditation.
The tanning beds at Kissed by the Sun shine year-round in spite of chilly, snowy, or rainy Pittsburgh forecasts. Level one, two, and three beds house between 54 and 60 bulbs, which cover the entire body in a bronzing glow. Clients can augment their newly acquired color by donning Jwoww Black Bronzer and Bronze Mineral Legs, or by squeezing into bronzed shoes from their childhoods. After regular service hours, the salon opens its doors to bachelorette parties, sororities, prom groups, and social clubs that want to tan in tandem.
Licensed massage therapist Tom Coates knows something about sore muscles. As a dedicated marathon runner, he engages his entire body in endurance contests that grind away at legs and torsos for extended periods of time—that’s where a soothing massage swoops in like a half-falcon medicine man. With 15 years of experience under his palms and elbows, Tom shares the muscle-mending techniques that have kept him active and running.
An expert in a range of massage modalities, Tom can customize massages to accommodate each client’s individual issues by blending strokes from Swedish, deep-tissue, and other styles. Whereas localized soreness may require elements of focused or deep-tissue massage, general tension can abate under the far-ranging strokes of Swedish massage, or if clients lay in a body-length box full of whale songs.