The mother-daughter team of Alison and Kristen Pope boasts more than 30 years of combined experience in the professional pampering industry and run a. Salon Galleria & Spa with a soft, well-moisturized fist. Though Kristen originally followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a nail technician, she later added licensed cosmetologist, certified massage therapist, and hairstylist to her resume, which explains the lengthy roster of services that the salon boasts. Alison, Kristen, and their staff also host parties for children and adults, sometimes arming older customers with champagne flutes. Visitors can receive hairstyling or makeovers or dip toes into a heated whirlpool tub before each digit submits to buffing, shaping, polishing, and a rigorous cleaning behind their ears.
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Whether she’s soothing muscles with the gliding strokes of a Swedish massage, laying warm stones on the skin, or applying pressure to trigger points, Christella Gonsorcik adapts her kneading to meet the needs of each stressed or aching client she sees. In addition to her hands-on massages, Christella balances energy with reiki, a relaxing polarity treatment that rejuvenates clients while they are still dressed in their clothes or astronaut suits. Her skill with rejuvenation also extends into the body’s more superficial layers. Herbal body wraps are available to oust toxins and tone skin, and facials, like a manatee’s birthday cake, incorporate sugar, salt, and seaweed mud.
After walking through the front door to Healing in Harmony Wellness Center, the delicate fragrance of essential oils is the first thing that welcomes a visitor in, followed by earth-tone walls and friendly healers. Each member of the team works with clients to help overcome their health problems through an array of services that touch on massage, facials, reiki healing, and other therapies. With a menu of massage modalities and cupping techniques, clients have many options to choose from, such as the Soul massage, which incorporates reiki into soothing strokes and carefully applied pressure. To ensure clients also feel better on the outside, the staff performs aesthetic services including facials and nail services.
Simple Indulgence Day Spa’s skilled digit doctors rejuvenate hands and polish away dullness during the approximately 30- to 40-minute Shellac manicures and moisturizing pedicures. Phalange-fixers first trim cuticles and shape and buff nails before coating finger hats in hearty Shellac polish, which imparts an impressive shine that necessitates zero dry time and is more durable than standard polish. For up to 14 days, the Shellac formula fights off dings and nicks caused by everyday activities such as typing or cleaning dishes with a power washer. Technicians also pamper toes, exfoliating legs and feet with a custom salt scrub before hydrating skin during a moisturizing foot massage and topping tootsies in regular polish. As an added bonus, on their next visit, patrons can take $10 off any of Simple Indulgence Day Spa’s other services, which include five types of massage, whirlpool-jet pedicures, and an impressive lineup of spa facials.
At Alternative Approach Acupuncture and Therapeutic Massage, Mark treats patients with ancient Chinese medicine while Elizabeth finds and finesses painful muscular knots. The husband-and-wife team collaborate to blend acupuncture and massage therapy to ease stress levels, ease muscle aches, and help rehabilitate from specific injuries. Mark also offers specific acupuncture programs for smoking cessation and weight loss while Elizabeth treats children with special needs through specialized pediatric massage techniques.
Owner, stylist, and 22-year industry veteran Ray Caballero helms Casa R. Caballero Salon, Spa & Boutique with an eye for style and a preference for experienced team members. Ray's styling chairs are flanked by numerous beauty and wellness experts, including stylist 25-year veteran stylist Yolie Kelly, 15-year veteran massage therapist and master aesthetician Stacy Glass and 10-year veteran nail tech Mickie Trieu. Leveraging products from Lanza Healing Haircare, Pravana, Redken OPI, and Essie, team members assist clients in achieving their aesthetic aspirations with salon and spa services ranging from waxing to feather extensions to facials. They also keep the door open until as late as 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to accommodate those who work, sleep, or sleepwork during the day.