Before she launched Bodyworks Massage, Jennifer Snelgrove racked up 900 classroom hours at Georgia Career Institute—that's 400 hours above the state requirement. During these hours, she fine-tuned her skills and honed her intuition, becoming a master of massage therapy. Snelgrove works alongside Melanie Ward, a fellow overachiever who possesses more than 900 hours of anatomy and hands-on education. They practice modalities that range from long, soothing Swedish strokes to targeted deep-tissue manipulations. Regardless of technique, their bodywork sessions induce a deep sense of tranquility and cause muscles to slacken like carolers after New Year's.
Licensed massage therapist Anji Cruz is a believer in the positive effect of bodywork on the mind. Each strategically placed knead has the power to release endorphins, calm the psyche, or boost sudoku proficiency. Anji is skilled at many different massage modalities, including deep-tissue and Swedish work.
At Midtown Salon and Spa, Sarah Short and Emily Taylor work to keep their clients as stylish as their space, whose black and white interior is accented by bursts of bold blue, pink, and purple. As a cosmetologist, Sarah offers an array of precision cuts, high-definition colors, and trendy or classic styles for men, women, and children. In addition, she is certified in bead extensions. While Sarah cares for tresses, Emily pampers the face and body as an aesthetician, waxing specialist, and makeup artist. Her trio of titles allows her to slough off dead skin cells with chemical peels, eradicate the body of unwanted hair with waxing, and bring out clients' best features with makeup applications.
When she became a massage therapist, Jennifer Durand realized she possessed the ability to relieve people from the stress of everyday life. She opened The Nurture Nook Day Spa & Gift Shoppe to create a space dedicated to banishing tension not only through massage, but also through personalized facials and peels, body wraps, and steam treatments beneath the Steamy Wonder steam canopy. The staff strives to make each service luxurious—massages come with your choice of steamed towels, deep heat hydrotherapy, a foot soak, hot stones, or aromatherapy. Services targeted toward hands and feet include foot soaks in manuka honey drizzle with fresh citrus slices, cranberry-yuzu sugar scrubs, steam wraps, and foot massages.
Jennifer and her team of professionals work within a renovated turn-of-the-century house complete with charming fireplaces, classic woodwork, and plush oriental rugs long retired from flying. The spot also houses a gift shop, where guests can peruse premium products such as Jane Iredale mineral makeup, Clarisonic cleansing systems, and Bella Luccè organic scrubs.
The massage therapists at Milestone Massage & Spa welcome any curiosity about their profession, and go to great lengths to answer clients’ questions and put everyone at ease before 30- to 90-minute massage services. A consultation determines which techniques will best address clients’ specific needs, including chronic pain and sports-related soreness. The stable of therapists is well-versed in more than a dozen massage modalities, including Swedish, characterized by flowing strokes, hot stone, characterized by heated rocks, and aromatherapy, characterized by the soothing scent of french fries. The sessions, long or short, can yield a bevy of benefits that range from decreased anxiety to improved concentration. In addition to massage, the technicians expunge toxins with seaweed and kelp body wraps.