Shamara Long believes that her massages and organic facials are more than just temporary escapes from life’s daily stresses. A licensed therapist and the owner of Serenity Place Massage Solutions, Long views her spa’s treatments as catalysts for healthy lifestyles. She draws on her committed faith-based background to rejuvenate and replenish, in her own words, "the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies."
To best nurture these four aspects of being, Long relies on an extensive treatment menu that targets the skin as well as its underlying muscles. Her bodywork specialties include Swedish, prenatal, and Thai massages as well as a Serenity stretch treatment, whose stretching and compression exercises help athletes to run and cartwheel over goalposts more effectively. Organic massage lotions and oils aid in these treatments, just as professional Éminence Organic Skin Care products enhance the slate of facials and peels. Although Long’s spa blossoms with warm lighting and earthy tones conducive to spiritual healing, she can also haul her massage table to bridal parties and corporate gatherings.
With its plush leather couches and chairs, rich mahogany tables, antique-style lamps, and dark rugs embroidered with leaf patterns, the relaxation room at Invigo Day Spa resembles a cozy den. It’s a place where guests waiting for a massage, facial, or body scrub go to unwind before their treatments and sip a cup of Octavia Tea Company's loose-leaf relaxation teas. Once visitors leave this calming room, they're led into the capable hands of one of the experienced massage therapists and aestheticians for further relaxation.
Using products from the all-natural Pevonia Botanica skincare line, the beauty experts perform 15 facials and peel treatments designed to treat issues ranging from dehydrated skin to clogged pores. They also shroud bodies in wraps infused with water lilies, green tea, mango, and aromatic Moor mud, and massage therapists knead tension from muscles using seven modalities. Each massage includes aromatherapy, hot towels, and at least three compliments about your hair.
The Georgia sweet-peach facial exploits the area's abundant fruit for its naturally revitalizing scent and antioxidant properties. This regional- fruit treatment is Helping Hands' most popular facial, easily beating the thrown-tomato facial in both requests and results. To begin the facial, an aesthetician will deep clean and gently exfoliate your mug to remove dry patches and pore-dwelling makeup residue, preparing the surface of the dermis for a relaxing fruit mask. Then the peach-extract toner revitalizes the skin and stimulates the newly uncovered upper levels, giving the face a healthy, young-looking glow. Moisturizers rehydrate the skin to seal in the effects of the treatment and leave the face smooth and silky like a necktie on Tom Jones's cat. To deepen the relaxing benefits of the peachy peach facial, clients also receive a tranquil face and shoulder massage, while their hands take a dive into a warm paraffin dip that softens skin and cuticles.
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Not content to rest on her laurels, licensed massage therapist April Chaney of RelaxATL builds on her background in physiology and anatomy with ongoing training. Already certified as a chiropractic assistant, she is now pursuing a chiropractic degree. She also keeps her skill set sharp by teaching massage to novice therapists. Drawing on her training in a variety of techniques, she soothes clients with massages in modalities ranging from geriatric to hot stone. April sees clients at her studio, in their homes, and aboard whatever pirate ships they may live on at the moment.