Rebecca Stone combines ancient botanical properties with cutting-edge technology to craft custom, multilayered facials. After cleansing the face, Rebecca analyzes her clients' skin type to determine what products best suit their beauty needs. Exfoliation and steaming prep faces for the extraction process, which is performed with a high-frequency machine that plumbs the depths of pores with the enthusiasm of a bloodhound digging through an abandoned crime lab. Facial massage and toning boost circulation in order to bestow a rosy glow upon complexions, and jade rollers team with moisture to calm inflammations.
The talented technicians at Esteem Skin Care revamp visages and relieve anxious muscles with a lineup of skincare and massage services. Facials begin with a welcoming curtain of warm steam, followed by exfoliation and a neck, shoulder, hand, and arm massage. The American facial employs a penetrating heat mask and several slices of apple pie, and the European facial deep-cleanses pores. Each facial concludes with a light moisturizer and nourishing eye cream. One-hour massages performed by a licensed massage therapist range from traditional Swedish massages to sports-centric therapy and deep-tissue massages to evict rogue pieces of kleenex from back musculature. Clients can choose from a roster of techniques to customize their soothing treatment.
Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Stan Baker draws from extensive experience in Eastern healing methods to adeptly perform numerous Eastern-medicine modalities. Baker's acupuncture and bodywork sessions help to stimulate the body's vital energy channels, working to alleviate such medical ailments as migraines and musculoskeletal pain. A Sun Do mountain yoga instructor with a black belt in aikido, Baker bolsters his understanding of the East by attending weekly chen-tai-chi classes and boycotting three out of four cardinal directions.
Marie Loranger takes on aches and pains with a pair of well-trained hands. Her deft fingers deploy modalities ranging from the gentle kneading of Swedish massage to the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage, depending on the needs of the client. Marie also handles other healing traditions, such as ear candling and stretching, the latter of which incorporates stretching and pressure on the whole body.
Although Marie currently works inside a room at Exotic Image Tanning and Massage Spa, the inspiration for her business name comes from her plans to take her massages on the road. Soon, she will be pulling into home driveways or office parking lots where she can perform her massages in a dimly lit, temperature-controlled room.
Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
Massage therapist Jodi McClain had just finished her last massage of the day when her patient, still lying prone on the table, burst into tears. She began speaking about difficult emotional issues she'd held in for years, until that massage helped set the pain free. Jodi savors seeing her clients leave happier than they were when they walked in, and uses her custom blend of Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point-therapy massage to achieve this pleasant outcome—by way of ousting tension and muscular pain. She also performs myofascial-release massage and cranio-sacral therapy upon request, and can collaborate with doctors to build injury-treatment plans and incite laughter with multiple taps to the funny bone.
During massages, Jodi may slather her client's skin in Massage FX cream—infused with aloe, arnica, and ivy extracts—to keep it moisturized and dull any site-specific pain. Though she eschews aromatherapy, she often soaks a cloth in eucalyptus and peppermint oils to relieve clients suffering from sinus pressure. She also conducts facials and specialized skinny massages to tone and tighten skin, as well as applying infrared-light therapy to detox skin and enrage cats by demonstrating the photon theory of light, as most cats still think of light as a wave. Jodi conducts all her treatments in one room designed to evoke a garden; with flowers hung from the ceiling, a decorative fence, and soft lighting. While she often plays piano melodies, Jodi also lulls clients toward relaxation with a bubbling water fountain and casual conversation.
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