Tissue manipulator Elizabeth Peeples owns and operates Massage Therapy and Bodyworks, where tense customers are skillfully kneaded until their muscles are relaxed, their aches are eliminated, and their limbs are refreshingly loosened. Select one of five types of massage—neuromuscular therapy, therapeutic massage, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, or deep-tissue massage—to reward your body for enduring years of the punishing physical comedy required for success in corporate America. Based on a physician's recommendation, Massage Therapy and Bodyworks also offers massage therapy to aid with work-related-injury rehabilitation or automobile-accident recovery. Like a bespoke Batman costume, each massage is tailored to the personal necessities of each patron.
At the newly renovated Salon Nevaeh, stylists trim and shape head fringe into fashionable coifs. Women ($27–$38) and men ($25) enjoy masterful haircuts after thoroughly consulting with their stylist about their ideal look and which local politician is the dreamiest. Spin strands of gold or auburn into locks with a full or partial color ($51+), or defuzz hirsute supraorbital ridges with an eyebrow waxing ($15). Craggy appendages can also get reshaped and polished with a manicure ($18) or pedicure ($40), and special-occasion updos ($45+) render flat manes bouffant for more ergonomic pie eating. Every trained hair whisperer at Salon Nevaeh constantly updates her repertoire of beautifying methods, ensuring that all services are performed with the latest techniques.
Relaxation doesn’t come naturally to everyone. One of Tonja Miller's regular clients, for example, remembers a time when he could hardly lay his face down on the mattress after a stressful day. Tonja, who co-owns Healing Hands Massage Therapy Group LLC with Joy Kinman, helped him conquer that problem. Born with deformities, she has been a massage-therapy patient since childhood and has witnessed its healing powers firsthand. She’s not the only one—Joy credits her first massage with freeing her of the back pain she had suffered since she was a girl.
As soon as clients enter the studio, Joy and Tonja pay close attention to their gait and stance. Both, it turns out, can indicate strain caused by overexertion or a long commute by rowboat. The lights in the studio’s private rooms soon go dim as the therapists enhance their strokes with warm oils or lotions. For an experience you won’t find in many other spas, try Tonja’s specialty bamboo massage, during which she rolls a heated stalk across sore muscles. More traditional spa treatments such as paraffin dips and refreshing facials round out the service menu, which the duo complements with offerings of tea, coffee, or water.
Tina Cummings mans a studio inside of Salon Lofts, where she keeps herself busy working as a master hairstylist and color specialist. Her products of choice are Redken, Kenra, and Wella, and her services range from cutting and coloring to waxing, smoothing, and extensions. Tina attends hair shows, takes continuing education classes, and occasionally travels to the future to stay on the cutting edge.