MaryAnn Sumaraga could barely get out of bed. With an impending back surgery on the horizon, she visited an acupressure therapist in hopes of relieving some of the pain caused by her chronic sciatica. Six weeks later, she cancelled her back surgery, and marched effortlessly into the classrooms at the Holistic Life Institution of Massage and Natural Health, ready to dedicate her life to helping others the way her acupressure therapist had helped her.
After discovering the healing properties of massage, MaryAnn went full throttle, absorbing additional expertise in bodywork, energy work, and Reiki. With 1000 hours of practice under her belt––not to mention additional certifications in homeopathy, herbology, and iridology––she creates tailored, client-centered treatments that often blend massage, aromatherapy, and nutritional advice. She views each client as biochemically unique, and tends to them only after she has a full picture of their pain, so that she can treat it with more specificity than with what she refers to as "cookbook approaches," which are often tailored to the therapeutic needs of tense gingerbread men.
Like a cup of coffee with cream swirling through it, Glam A Perfect 10 intoxicates the senses with taupe walls interrupted by milk-white accents. Against this backdrop, yet set apart by soft lighting, aesthetician Tiffany Oliveira performs her many services. She waxes away unwanted hair, brightens complexions and softens fine lines with custom facials, and glides diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands across skinscapes to whisk away dead, dull cells, boost collagen production, and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Her chemical peels, on the other hand, use PCA Skin products and come with a take-home care kit to help aid the healing process. Elsewhere in the salon, hairstylists cut overgrown locks and nail technicians paint fingertips with chip-resistant CND Shellac polish to complete a makeover or change patrons’ appearances to no longer resemble their “Wanted” poster.
After exhausting a list of doctors to alleviate debilitating migraines, Esther Rocha turned to massage therapy. The results were so astounding that Esther quit her job as a quality control inspector and enrolled in massage therapy school. Not at the helm of her own business, Esther specializes in tension headache massages and chronic pain-relieving deep-tissue techniques. She is also a licensed esthetician, and refreshes clients’ mugs with custom facials and full face waxings.
Massage therapist Rebecca Downing induces relaxation from head-to-toe by invoking the powers of Swedish massage. She uses long, flowing strokes to gently loosen muscles and undo tension wrought upon the body by the daily stresses of work and nightly stresses of dreams that you're still at work. Rebecca performs massage therapy inside Andre David Salon, a modern space populated by a team of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians.
Intimo Skin Care’s Intimo facial aims to leave guests feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and as if they’d donned entirely new skin—skin that’s soft, firm, radiant, and smells like a just-born rainbow. First, one of Intimo’s skincare specialists will analyze your skin, identifying persistent issues and problem areas so that the treatment can be tailored to your specific needs. Next, an aesthetician will use top-notch products to deeply cleanse the face and neck, removing impurities to leave skin looking younger and healthier, like a baby doing calisthenics. After a round of intense hydration and facial massage, your face, neck, and décolletage will be even-toned and smooth enough to impersonate a marble bust.
The color pink dominates Gemz Salon, from the walls and furniture to a glamour girl runway that invites visitors to strut down the catwalk and show off their new looks. The spot's fuchsia interior appeals to both children and adults, as does its menu of prettifying services. Rockstar and glitter toe treatments glamorize feet after aestheticians sprinkle glitter onto a gel base, creating an eye-catching look and reflecting sunlight to scare off wayward cave lizards. Shellac manicures preserve the refined states of fingernails with nail-strengthening shades that remain chip-free for up to two weeks.
In addition to nail care, the staff performs an array of salon services. Gemz Salon's stylists clip hair into chic silhouettes and accessorize strands with feather extensions to make them more appealing to pet parakeets. Organic spray tans leave skin both gilded and firmer as a result of green-tea leaves and coffee-seed extracts, and waxing services rid follicles of unwanted hair.