Some grandfathers teach their grandkids checkers or how to cut the beetroot for the perfect borscht. Amy’s taught her how to give a proper shoulder massage. Those moments left her with a passion for helping people and sent her on a course that led her to massage and hypnotherapy school. There she developed her repertoire, mastering the different bodywork modalities that she uses to relax clients. Along the way, she began incorporating energy work into her practice, becoming a level-three reiki practitioner and a level-four power plant operator.
After working in the stressful, intense field of criminal justice, Tabitha Honaker-West turned to a more serene lifestyle by training to become a massage therapist. After graduating from the Dayton School of Medical Massage, she opened Ease, where she practices soothing Swedish massages. She also offers children’s massages, which help combat growing pains and ease the tension caused by strenuous games of hide and seek.
Amy Tobias and Cathy Murray, aestheticians and co-owners of Transforming Techniques Salon and Medical Spa, each bring 17 years of beauty-biz experience to their treatment chairs. They and their team lavish complexions with a wide range of skin services, from antibacterial and oxygen facials to slightly more intensive chemical peels and wrinkle-fighting injections. Stylists tend to men's, women's, and kids' locks, keeping ends fresh and hairdos manageable, and techs groom both natural and artificial nails. Massage therapists knead stress from tense muscles, and depilation experts use wax to whisk unwanted body hair away from faces, legs, and plates of nachos.
Within Utopia Salon & Day Spa, a beauty emporium specializing in skincare, massage, makeup application, and nail services, Stephanie exploits her steady hands and keen eye to sculpt flattering 'dos. She performs men's, women's, and kids' haircuts; transforms texture with perms and relaxers; and adds vibrancy and depth with coloring and highlighting treatments. Stephanie also performs Brazilian blowouts, which leave locks more manageable than a well-trained canine actor.
Bella Vita Massage Therapy owner and licensed massage therapist Stephanie Swango calls upon the skills she picked up at Dayton School of Medical Massage to soften and soothe muscles. To maximize the therapeutic benefits of each session, she encourages clients to arrive a few minutes early so that a brief consultation and prep does not interfere with the duration of the treatment. After clients lie down on her massage table, she pores over their muscles with a relaxing Swedish massage, which induces relaxation, or deep-tissue massage, which utilizes focused pressure and stretching to relieve the soreness that typically comes from wrestling with a bungee cord.