Though originally developed for professional athletes, Athletes4Life, LLC’s massage programs aren’t just for those scoring touchdowns or putt-putting about town. Rather, the center’s licensed massage therapists fuse a range of modalities—including Swedish, Thai Yoga, and Hawaiian lomilomi—to inspire holistic health while quelling everyday stresses, aches, and pains. Of course, owner Jim does have a few specialties: obliterating migraine headaches and healing pain caused by neck, shoulder, and rotator-cuff problems.
Five-massage therapy packages are designed to compound the overall health benefits of massage over time, and à la carte treatments can get the body prepped for a physically trying event, such as a 5K or Law & Order marathon. Jim also aims to boost immune systems with quick, 10-minute immune-system massages, and his specially formulated Caribbean Spice seasonings spice up everyday meals while promoting metabolism.
The skincare experts at Beauty Enhancement Center of Ohio have been correcting imperfections and boosting clients' confidence for more than 16 years. Their treatments range from customized facials for a variety of skin conditions to exfoliating chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments. They also apply permanent makeup, which can flatter features with color and conceal scars. Their other services include waxing, eyelash extensions, and cellulite reduction via the GX-99 Vibratory Endermatic System.
The skilled aestheticians at The Spa Connection revitalize and refresh worn-down nails and lackluster tresses. Stylists begin the cut and style with a thorough shampoo, confronting tresses with an arsenal of Aquage, Framesi, and Tressa products and forcing mops to relinquish collections of dirt and rejection letters from the musical Hair before snipping away frayed ends and styling locks into a chic new ’do. Alternatively, clients who opt for the mani-pedi can lie back and relax in a comfortable spa chair as a trained digit doctor indulges feet in an exfoliating sugar scrub during the spa pedicure. Next, skilled hands tame overgrown talons and knead knots out of bipedal pads before enveloping them in a hydrating mask and warm towels and brightening toe shields with of splash of polish. The trained techs spread the phalange love during a Shellac manicure, curtailing unwieldy cuticles, massaging hands, and slathering surfaces in a chip-free Shellac polish to ensure nails won't crack under intense questioning about the disappearance of several high-profile scratch-and-sniff stickers.
Although each massage therapist has his or her own technique, most have the same end goal: the well-being of the client. With Shannon at Body and Soul Massotherapy, clients should see massage as a tool of healing, whether they are recovering from injury, need to unwind from tension, or have been walking around with their elbows pointed outward all day. Shannon and her cohorts expunge stress with a range of modalities, including soothing relaxation to more-intense deep tissue.
Sensitive nostrils are safe at the fume-free Dolce Organic Salon, where no ammonia, plastics, sulfates, or parabens are allowed. Instead, stylists use cruelty-free Organic Color Systems hues and other organic products to color and style the hair they cut. Other types of treatments are just as gentle: instead of wax or a lawnmower, aestheticians remove hair with an antibacterial, antimicrobial potion. Extensions lengthen hair and lashes alike, and makeup artists play up clients’ favorite features.
Dolce’s serene space harmonizes with the salon’s philosophy that earthiness doesn’t mean forgoing stylishness. Ribbons of mosaic cut a curving path through the stone tiles on the floor, and large-scale paintings of luscious fruit overlook furniture in rich leather and wood tones.
The waiting room looks like the reception area of a luxury lodge—a wrought-iron chandelier, dark leather furnishings facing a fireplace, oversize windows looking out into the woods of Mill Stream Run Reservation. This juxtaposition of refinement and nature mirrors the philosophy of Docere Medical Spa & Laser Center's team, which favors organic, medical-grade products and an educative approach when performing each treatment.
Overseen by Drs. Ray Seballos and Jeffrey Viscomi, the staff of nurses, technicians, and aestheticians rejuvenates skin and combats signs of aging through services including laser therapies, cosmetic injections, and facials tailored from product lines such as Éminence Organic Skin Care and Sircuit Cosmeceuticals. Image specialists also soothe sinews with multiple massage modalities and offer a slate of services tailored for men.