After Shannon Anderson graduated from Davenport University with her massage therapy certification, she went on to receive certification in cancer care at the Ben Benjamin Institute. Armed with this knowledge—along with seven years of experience—she kneads muscles with therapeutic, sports, and pregnancy massage, as well as trigger-point therapy.
At Peace Body Therapy, certified massage therapists consult with clients in order to learn which muscles hurt and what the clients wish to get out of the session before they customize the massage. They use manual palpation to evaluate stress and misalignment in the muscular structure of the body and encourage clients to vocalize when the pressure is too intense or too light. Their specialty massages improve health in several ways at once, increasing flexibility, releasing chronic stress, and facilitating unhindered blood flow.
Teased Salon owner Brooke Hammer has saved people from what she refers to as "hair hell." She and her staff of stylists have witnessed sea-green color catastrophes; they've consoled mothers whose manes look butchered by their children; and they've rescued cuts after patrons visited a "chophouse with a new girl," says Brooke. For such cases, and for all her clients, Brooke employs the tips and techniques she learned during 11 years and through training with Aveda and Paul Mitchell. Each haircut or style—for men, women, kids, and brides—centers on communication; she consults with clients before snipping a single strand. And she gauges not just physical attributes such as face shape and hair texture, but also personality traits, such as edgy, conservative, or Aniston.
Brooke's path to a career in hairstyling wasn't always laid out before her, even though as a child––to her parents' dismay––she altered the hairstyles of several dolls and a few cousins. Yet she always had a creative streak, which a master stylist and instructor nourished in a protégé program. After nearly a decade in the business, she struck out on her own with Teased Salon, in the company of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and other Hollywood icons who now star in the salon's chic, vintage decor.
Cheveux Hair Salon's nail-detailing doyen, Melissa Goepfrich, pampers and revitalizes fingers and toes with a six-part spa mani-pedi. The process begins with an aromatherapy soak, which soothes nails' nightmares of being nibbled and supplants fears with dreams of looking lacquered. Then a cuticle conditioning and exfoliating scrub evicts impurities and buffs finger and toe façades to a dazzling sparkle. Hot towels envelope extremities in a terry-cloth embrace, releasing them just in time for a deep massage to ease away the daily stresses of work and high-pressure thumb wars. Finally, Goepfrich will awaken brush from bottle and grant nails three wishes in the form of an OPI base, color, and topcoat.
Salon Fusion's highly trained stylists work one-on-one with clients to fashion infuse head threads with eye-catching color enrich locks with silky, lustrous texture. A 2–2.5-hour Brazilian blowout infuses locks with liquid keratin, straightening out frizzes, curls, and waves and imparting tresses with a satiny sheen. The benefits of the blowout can be enjoyed for up to three months, leaving hairs with all the smoothness and shininess of an Isaac Hayes forged form platinum. Before each two-hour full-dimensional color, specialists confer with clients to design a multishade makeover to accommodate each guest's style, skin tone, and spirit animal.
As an Aveda Concept Salon, Salon 301 equips its stylists with a range of professional products from Aveda and Rusk. The stylists put these products to good use, cutting hair and charming clusters of snakes as the sounds of lively chatter fill the salon’s open floor. Their services don’t stop at the scalp, though. The salon also houses a day spa in which clients can relax with a massage, facial, or mani-pedi.
Dr. Kevin E. Young and his staff set their sights on holistic dental health with comprehensive aesthetic, periodontal, and preventative services. The tooth technicians go after signs of decay and other potential issues at their literal roots with thorough cleanings and routine exams. Fluorescent lasers courtesy of Diagnodent pinpoint tooth decay with more than 90% accuracy, and dental x-rays reveal developmental abnormalities and hollowed-out molars where tooth fairies keep their coins. The staff also brightens smiles with a variety of cosmetic services, including light-activated Zoom! whitening treatments, porcelain crowns, and bridges. Dr. Young combats periodontal disease with treatments tailored to each patient and dresses damaged teeth in restorative filings, caps, or full and partial dentures.