A few wisps of smoke from an extinguished candle hang in the air, along with the lingering fragrance of aromatic oils and the soft strains of jazz or nature sounds. One of the licensed massage therapists at Mona Lisa's Massage & Wellness has completed another relaxing session, easing muscle tension and stress with modalities such as hot-stone therapy, pregnancy or sports massage, or reflexology. The center's practitioners operate in an intimate and tranquil four-room suite complete with a mani-pedi station. In the couples room, pairs enjoying a Yin + Yang massage nosh on chocolate-covered strawberries and discuss how to install electric handlebar warmers on a tandem bike.
The crew exfoliates skin with coconut-lime-scented scrubs and detoxifies bodies with wraps that include a session in the steam sauna. They also aim to clear complexions with 10 different anti-aging facial treatments and peels.
Tucked into a historic home replete with an art center and retail space filled with organic and locally produced products, Center of Symmetry?s trained wellness workers provide holistic health services. Clients range from mothers and fathers looking to relax during their free time to college students trying to relieve sore muscles after moving. The center?s licensed massage therapists work to assuage tension with a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish and reflexology?pressure applied to the hands and feet to help stimulate organs and improve health. Consultant hypnotist Barry O'Neill, the center?s onsite hypnotist, provides private hypnotherapy sessions to aid in weight loss, smoking cessation, and confidence building as well as group weight-loss seminars.
To licensed massage therapist Lewis Braswell, the ups and downs of life are like the crests and troughs of a sound wave?and through Harmonic Bodywork, he strives to create a place where his clients? minds, bodies, and spirits are perfectly in tune. To relieve clients of pain and tension, he draws on more than eight years of massage experience and knowledge of techniques ranging from reiki and energy work to sound therapy performed with tuning forks. Further evidence of his keen feel for the power of sound, Lewis went to Belmont University and earned his bachelor's degree in music, making him more qualified to be Paul McCartney than Paul McCartney. Lewis also studied acutonics at the Natural Health Institute, where he met his wife.
Though the experts at Studio Green are duly concerned with the appearance of split ends, aging skin, and unwanted hair, an even greater concern is with the effects of harsh chemicals on clients' skin, hair, and environment. That's why their 2,000-square-foot salon is solely stocked with vegan and organic hair products, including hair color that's been certified cruelty-free by PETA. The team of stylists tends to tresses more gently and ethically with formaldehyde-free serums, sugar scrubs, and gentle dyes. The aestheticians, for their part, can help clients to curate at-home beauty routines with a collection of organic serums by Éminence and Surface.
Relax Massage!! can help you unwind from head to foot. The therapists tame tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and Thai-style massages, but their real specialty is foot-reflexology treatments. These relaxing sessions use a centuries-old technique that involves placing pressure on specific points in the feet in order to unclog blocked energy and stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. For a truly pampering experience, each foot-focused treatment also includes a soothing soak enhanced with special ingredients, such as ginger for improved immune-system function or milk for those who brought their own cookies.
Kiara Simmons, of Perfect Peace Massage Therapy, believes that her clients' lives should be as stress-free as possible, which is why she brings her massage table to homes and offices in the area. Practiced in the art of five different modalities, Simmons targets injuries during sports massages, alleviates deep-seated pain with deep-tissue massage, and unties muscle knots during relaxing and invigorating Swedish massages. She believes that, like a clean pair of socks, massage is more than a luxury—it's something that can improve overall health.