As visitors unwind, Mocha J.'s nail specialist performs mani-pedis that outfit patrons with fistfuls of color and shoefuls of sheen. The specialist beautifies nails with services that range from a basic manicures and specializes in soothing cracked heels after attempting to walk across a barbecue pit during a rowdy cook-off.
For the past 14 years, the needle-wielding professionals at Dragonfly Tattoo Studio have inked skin surfaces in their sanitary workshop. Drawing inspiration from customers' ideas, classic tattoo designs, and recent crop-circle appearances, body branders whip up striking stencils before transferring client-approved images to the skin. Tattoo artisans insert indelible ink into the dermis layer using a multineedled machine, which changes the skin's pigment and permanently modifies the area. Once healed, the skin is branded with a desired image or line of text, such as the name of a close relative or the numbers of a gym-locker combination.
As a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, KCFitnessLink regularly mints new instructors. The fitness company advances students through 200- or 500-hour programs that yield certifications in various styles including Hatha and Vinyasa. In addition to transforming students into teachers, KCFitnessLink empowers people to become healthier and happier. Corporate wellness programs bring relief to stressed-out employees by integrating massage, yoga, and retreats to naturally occurring water coolers. Alternatively, personal-training sessions tackle individual goals such as weight management and sports conditioning. Replete with drop-in yoga and boot-camp sessions, KCFitnessLink's class schedule caters to athletes of all abilities. Massage therapy, available in several modalities, keeps muscles limber and free of knots.
Kandy Grimes owes much of her success as a massage therapist to her first career: registered nurse. At Massage for Wellness, she and her team aim for goals beyond relaxation as they banish soreness from clients' muscles. Their modalities range from Swedish and Deep-Tissue to Myofascial Release and Trigger Point techniques, all of which can impart health benefits to stressed bodies.
But communication factors into each massage as much as an adherence to form. During medical massages, for example, they discuss the sources of chronic pain and other ailments, then tailor the massage to address overworked or injured areas. Kandy and her staff also administer specialty services, such as massages for elderly clients, sports massages that improve athletic performance, as well as prenatal and infant massage classes, where parents can learn how to connect with their baby through touch instead of email.
At Island Tan?s three locations, clients can achieve an all-over bronze through the sunless medium of their choice. The staffers at all three spaces aid customers in choosing one of five levels of UV-tanning beds?including high-pressure and standup beds?and the accompanying lotions best suited to their skin types. Some locations boast UV-free tanning options in Mystic Tan booths or airbrush spray-tanning stations that darken hides with Norvell solutions. They also book red-light therapy sessions, which are designed to fade stretch marks and reduce fine lines formed from trying to win staring contests with the sun.
Skin experts at Esthetics Center rely on noninvasive scientific advancements to cultivate smooth, youthful complexions but draw on an ancient Indian art to redesign unruly eyebrows. Skin analyses can lead to custom facials with Shahnaz Husain herbal creams, enzyme therapy gentle enough for those with rosacea, or the outing of secret identities with better skin. Advanced exfoliation procedures involving microcrystal sprays and chemical serums reveal fresh, healthy skin as well as the depth of the aestheticians' knowledge. Body and facial waxing is an exclusive privilege of women at Esthetics Center, but the team extends their skills in eyebrow threading—an age-old technique that uses thread to nab hair but not skin—to both sexes.