Three times a week, Just U Relax's owner and principal massage therapist paid a 90-minute visit to one of her favorite clients, an elderly Italian woman who could barely speak a word of English. One day after a visit, the woman's daughter called and asked the massage therapist if she could come back again right away, saying her mother was not doing well. She arrived and set to work massaging her client's body, much of which had collapsed inward from a previous stroke. But instead of seeing the usual results, such as the woman's hands relaxing for a short time before tightening back into a bound position, the massage therapist saw her client maintain her peaceful composure. Then, this elderly Italian woman who could speak little English, let alone speak at all due to the effects of her stroke and Alzheimer's disease, looked at her massage therapist and said with perfect clarity, "Thank you." The woman's daughter called later, saying her mother died that evening, and that she wanted to say thank you for giving her mother such comfort before she passed. It was that moment that made the massage therapist realize she knew she could help people.
Raised by a cardiologist, the future owner of Just U Relax and her brother made a pact to go to medical school together, but when she found herself disenchanted by clinical environments and desiring a more hands-on approach to patient care, she explored massage therapy. Today, she and her team of licensed massage therapists at Just U Relax assess posture, gait, and occupational stress to customize bodywork for each client. The staff sees to guests' comfort in a variety of ways, including giving visitors warm robes and plush slippers, using massage tables with triple-cotton-padded tops, and playing relaxing music as aromatherapy wafts between rooms. Therapists also offer clients snacks such as fruit smoothies and granola bars. Additionally, each therapist is required to undergo at least three hours of training each month to learn new massage techniques and stay sharp.
At Bella Mia West Salon & Spa, the staff executes salon services and soothing spa treatments during daily appointments. Stylists trim locks and comb highlights into hair, while technicians trim and contour nails, and aestheticians beautify skin with soothing facials. Additionally, Bella Mia's skincare experts fight the signs of aging by smoothing Image Skincare Vital C around client's eyes cheeks, and neck. They also swaddle physiques in body wraps crafted from fresh seaweed and peppermint oil to detoxify and firm skin, while licensed massage therapists battle stress with relaxing massages. For regular pampering, clients can also take advantage of discounted massage and facial memberships.
The stylists at Holly's keep abreast of the latest trends, creating two-tone ombre looks with hair products by Scruples and razoring a-line bobs. But while they can transform clients with these avant garde looks, the professionals still practice traditional coiffure, snipping and highlighting classic layers. Guests revamping their manes can also get a new look for their nails by treating their hands to a chip-resistant shellac manicure and their feet to organic pedicures. Facial and bikini line waxes, lash extensions, and professional makeup add the finishing touch to appearances.
Whether it's their wedding day or just an average day, the staff at Studio 247 wants clients to look and feel beautiful. To that end, they pull from a luxurious stock of products that includes Essie and OPI nail polishes, hair-nourishing Morrocanoil products, and Murad skincare serums that allow the studio's aestheticians to tailor each facial to their client?s specific needs. They perform an extensive list of services that they update regularly in order to keep up with the beauty industry's latest trends. The hairstyling team, for example, now specializes in 100% human-hair extensions as well as Brazilian blowouts, which transform frizzy locks into strands that are sleeker and shinier than a motorcycle carved from freshly churned butter.
The versatile staff of beauty specialists at Changes Salon transforms its clients with haircare, nail services, and full-on makeovers. The experienced technicians use top-of-the-line products, including OPI nail polish and Pureology haircare systems to ensure that clients leave feeling relaxed and looking so great that "You Make My Dreams Come True" starts playing every time they enter a room.
Nails and More Spa’s assiduous technicians beautify digits by rendering nail services with OPI and CND Gel products. The staffers treat clients to their cheery dispositions—always pouring extra sugar on top of “please,” “thank-you,” and “sorry, we don’t sell hardware supplies here, not even nails”—as they whittle away excessively long finger shingles. Gel or Gelish colors can give pallid digits a newfangled appearance, and Shellac treatments prevent chipping for up to two weeks.