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.
When the Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Knoxville in 2011, it joined a family of institutes and salons that Douglas Weaver started in the 1960s. Here, Aveda students pursue certification in cosmetology and esthiology while practicing their craft on real clients under the supervision of licensed educators. And because students perform the services, the rates are lower than at traditional salons. The Knoxville treatment menu includes hair design—cuts, color, retexturizing—as well as Aveda’s Elemental Nature facials, pedicures, and manicures.
The Institute is inside the historic S&W Grand building, a handsome art-deco landmark that, like a compassionate fairy-tale prince, is equally handsome on the inside. The spa rooms have a rustic balance of exposed brick and wood paneling, and the salon’s geometric light fixtures gleam upon checkerboard tile floors and industrial shelving lined with Aveda’s signature products.
Rusty Bittle had the good fortune to visit a number of the world's most luxurious resorts and spas. After one trip, he decided he wanted a similar experience closer to home. And so, after discovering that most resorts would not fit in his suitcase, he founded Pure Luxe Salon, Spa and MedSpa
and designed it with those world-class spas in mind.
Today, his 9,000 square-foot facility glitters with polished marble, chrome lighting fixtures, and cascading waterfalls, and guests often note the scent of dark chocolate and fresh flowers that hangs in the air. The staff includes nearly 30 aestheticians, massage therapists, hair stylists, and registered nurses, and there's even a medical director on hand. This diverse team allows Pure Luxe to offer a similarly diverse array of treatments, which range from laser hair removal and skin resurfacing to soothing facials and massages.
The staff at Modern Wellness knows that knowledge is power—although it won't turn on your TV or cell phone, it can help to uncover what allergens your body reacts to, where your grandparents were born, or how your body loses weight most efficiently. Through general-health and wellness tests—including anemia panels and diabetes scans—technicians can discover potential bodily issues before they become debilitating conditions or stats on next year’s office baseball cards. Staff physicians can also use this info to tailor weight-loss programs to each body’s particular needs. Technicians use their lab prowess for other investigative work, as well—drug testing at the facility equips clients with the paperwork that a number of employers require before making hiring decisions.
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, Stacy channels the restful quality of her rolling surroundings, decreasing anxiety, improving circulation, and increasing joint flexibility with reflexology treatments and a collection of massage services that include Swedish, deep tissue. 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.