Rick Verastegui is a jack-of-all-trades. As a kid, Rick could be spotted marching around his yard holding a trashcan above his head, imitating either bodybuilder Charles Atlas or the neighborhood's most muscular garbage man. Although he eventually set the trashcan down, Rick never lost his passion for health. He carried that into adolescence and adulthood, earning a black belt in karate, playing football, and becoming a certified personal trainer.
In between all of that, Rick found time to earn his master's degree in business, plus degrees in Spanish, government, and economics—all of which he taught at some point. Still, fitness remained an integral part of his life. Rick expanded on his already lengthy resumé by becoming a nationally certified massage therapist, a skill he practices extensively at Unearth the Power. Rick also provides weight-training, stretching, and bodywork services, all while using his diverse background to connect with clients.
While some people wander the globe in search of ways to make their mark, licensed massage therapist Stacy Breeden affects positive change on the citizens of the city where she grew up. A native of Knoxville and a Smoky Mountain enthusiast, Breeden channels the restful quality of her rolling surroundings, decreasing anxiety, improving circulation, and increasing joint flexibility with a collection of massage services that include Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology treatments. Her Indulge Your Senses massage uses hot stones and aromatherapy to enhance relaxation, and raindrop therapy drips essential oil along the spine to rid the body of toxins and stress.
Upon walking into Debbie's nail salon, guests are encouraged to kick back and relax as she beautifies hands and feet with gentle care. While patrons sink into the comfy pedicure chairs or share a self-brought snack with friends—both of which are welcomed and encouraged by Debbie—a heated footbath jiggles away stress with gentle vibrations. Debbie can target a range of specific issues with clients' phalanges, such as ingrown nails, fungus, and muscle ailments. Whether patrons stop in for aesthetic touchups, health upgrades, or a speed-reenactment of North by Northwest, they'll leave with prettily polished nails and softer, smoother skin.
Mark T. Smith, a physician's assistant and the president of Weigh to Go, helps patients achieve their aesthetic goals with procedures that require little to no downtime. Along with Dr. Suzette Reyes, aesthetician Crystal Irwin, and nurse practitioner Doddie Lankford, Smith helps banish spider veins with sclerotherapy, eases the appearance of wrinkles with cosmetic injections, and uses Thermage technology to help patients sculpt svelter figures.
The friendly stylists and aestheticians at Valley Salon & Spa make customers feel as welcome as a soldier in a Norman Rockwell painting. Valley's nail technician ushers fingers and toes onto the red carpet with spa nail services that bounce dry skin and keep chipped nails behind the velvet rope. North of the neck gets in on the special treatment with a shampoo and style and/or Valley Signature facial that makes faces feel silky smooth and years younger by sloughing off layers of dead skin, like peeling open a banana to reveal the creamy mashed potatoes inside. Makeup applications are carried out with equal panache, bringing out facial features that might otherwise be lost in overwhelming face skin. Valley Salon & Spa welcomes its clients with only the finest products, including Kenra, OPI and Glominerals.
Sophia’s Salon tranquilizes tension in the Knoxville area with a dulcifying menu of salon services. Let certified massage therapist Katie Lesch untie the sailor’s knots in your back with a general relaxation massage or spriten your spirit with a tender Healing Touch session, an energy-based therapy that is said to help boost the immune system and relive pain and stress. The customized facial massage and skin analysis bathes your mug in low-level ultraviolet light and uv-rays from a Glow Machine, illuminating the subcutaneous areas and allowing Lesch to see where cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and a mask need to be applied. Every punim purification is topped off with a meticulous neck, shoulder, and hand massage.