White Raven Spa Company's staff work to bring balance to bodies with holistic treatments informed by owner Jenna's Native American heritage. A medicine minister certified by her tribal council, Jenna incorporates healing herbs into body wraps and scrubs that attempt to flush toxins from bodies. These treatments hearken back to the purification rituals undertaken by members of some native cultures after a hanblecheyapi, or vision quest.
Other treatments, such as lymphatic-drainage massages and ionic footbaths, also aim to detoxify, but the comprehensive spa's menu of services doesn't stop there. Wellness experts guide patrons during weight-control and life-coaching sessions, and reiki practitioners attempt to realign a body's energy. All the healing is jump-started with complimentary cups of organic herbal tea. Beautifying treatments such as microdermabrasion, waxing, haircuts, and permanent makeup complete the transformative process.
The Executive Retreat's massage therapists work to lower clients’ blood pressure and increase their flexibility during customized 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages. The six massage styles range from the mild, muscle-loosening pressure of Swedish massage to the deeper, faster kneads and stretches of sports massage. Twenty-minute foot scrubs and massages pamper the lower appendages, whereas aromatherapy in a customized blend of essential oils adds a sweet note to any session. Along with in-studio appointments, The Executive Retreat’s team can perform chair-massage services at special events and offices, where massage reduces stress more effectively than tearing the water cooler open with your bare hands.
Licensed massage therapist Sarah East takes a holistic, personalized approach to massage as she kneads out knots at her studio, which is located inside Powerhouse Louisville. Sarah draws on an academic background in psychology as she treats customers recovering from such experiences as car wrecks, sexual abuse, chronic illnesses, and PTSD. Her compassion dovetails with the fluid strokes of Swedish massage, medical massage?s isolated work on scar tissue and targeted muscle groups, and the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage, which drives away bodily stress as thoroughly as receiving a pep talk from Morgan Freeman.
At Rejuvenated Beginnings, reflexology experts can target parts of the body from the head to the liver—all through your feet. They've memorized which reflex areas on the feet purportedly correspond to a host of other zones, and manipulate the soles to try to improve overall health.
Other treatments at the day spa target the entire body in a more aesthetic way. Body wraps aim for inch loss, whereas customized airbrush tans lend clients a flattering bronze glow. The staff even combats cellulite with a combination of coffee and chocolate extracts.
For nearly two decades, Shear Reflection has reshaped hair and refined exteriors with a slate of client-tailored beauty services. By snipping unkempt ends, imbuing vibrant color, and lengthening locks with fusion extensions, the team of seven experienced stylists can turn everyday hair into a style that turns heads. Nails can find elegant transformation too—at the manicure station, a cosmetologist calls on six years of experience to shape nails, refine cuticles, and paint tips with seasonal hues or unique designs to blend in with off-limits cookie jars.
Muscles are unpredictable. They can spasm, start to hurt, or simply refuse to move the way they used to—all issues that the physical therapists at Elite Massage Therapy deal with daily. Depending on the issue, they may recommend treatments such as a sports massage or trigger-point therapy, which can relieve muscle tightness. Pain and athletic injuries aren't the only reasons clients come in, though. Many simply revel in the recharging, relaxing benefits of the center's massage treatments.