Derek Ramsey's interest in kinesiology and anatomy—as well as his desire to help others find freedom from pain and stress—nudged him toward a career in massage therapy. After graduating from the Southeastern Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy, he opened Allay Massage, where he cossets muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques amid lime-green and yellow walls. Upon arrival, clients sip on complimentary water and then spend 10 minutes talking with Derek, coming to an agreement about the goals for the session. When the massage concludes, Derek spends another 10 minutes reviewing the session and offering clients tips for better posture and health. Clients can also opt to become a member to help keep costs down, postures up, and unionized vertebrae happy.
After being laid off from his engineering job, Nelson Berry decided to open Stonehaven Massage & Spa. Now, more than two years later, Berry presides over a Stonehaven location that is as luxurious to lounge in as a private jet parked in a giant jacuzzi. In the stonework lobby, flowers cluster around mirrors and pitchers of lemon water. Murals of waterfalls and oceans signal the themes of each treatment room, where clients can relax during massage modalities ranging from traditional Swedish to deep tissue massage. From there, aestheticians can take over with facials or waxing services.
The nurse practitioners at Spindale Family Laser & Cosmetic Center brandish a Candela 1064 Nd YAG laser to keep skin free of unwanted marks and textures. The machine’s cryogen cools skin as the laser pulses, which keeps the client as comfortable as possible as the light erases hair, visible veins, acne scars, or stretch marks. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tightens skin on faces and necks, and smoothes beard bumps. The clinic also provides Botox services and products by VI Derm. Like the Candela machine, VI Derm's facial peel helps erase hyperpigmentation, freckles, and shadows that don’t go away when the sun comes out.
Serenity Day Spa's staff pampers bodies, nurtures skin, and promotes relaxation with a variety of spa services. Licensed by the state of Texas and each independent contractors, massage therapists tailor massages to individual needs, adding firmer pressure to oust muscle soreness or rhythmic taps to get "Copacabana" unstuck from clients' heads. Along with massage, aesthetic specialists inspire a matching outer calm with facials, nailcare, and waxing.
Expressions Day Spa's staff of aestheticians and licensed massage therapists pamper bodies with à la carte services and body-blanketing spa packages. Slowly extended strokes brush over sore muscles during the Swedish massage to help to spur circulation and expand the range of motion hindered by muscular straightjackets. Relaxed guests meet with an aesthetician to cleanse, tone, and exfoliate skin during the Expressions European facial, which includes a skin analysis, extractions, a mask, moisturizer, and a massage.