After five years of working at an orthopedic surgeon's office, Christopher Heberly felt inhibited by the constraints of traditional medicine. That’s when he began studying Thai massage. Christopher was deeply moved by the acupressure, energy healing, and yoga techniques he gleaned and journeyed to Thailand to further his education with Thai master Pichest Boonthumme. Now Christopher is freshly back from overseas and employs these healing techniques each day in the comfort of his own Nashville-based studio.
The relaxation technicians at Urban Oasis pamper life vessels with citrusy body treatments, age-battling facials, sleekifying waxes, shoe-enhancing pedicures, and more. Face owners can rejuvenate dull visages with a brightening peel that does a thorough sweep of skin corpses with lactic acid, as hyaluronic acid sings a soothing, hydrating lullaby ($60). During the Healing Touch manicure, scraggly digits take a dip in an exfoliating bath before an extremity expert treats hands to a citrus-infused cream, hot towels, and a stress-busting massage ($38). After a cuticle trimming and nail shaping, keratin squares get carefully coated in OPI or Essie polish. Shaggy foreheads can pair an artfully arched brow-shaping ($25) with a brow tint ($25), and hirsute lower halves can benefit from a stomach ($15) and half-leg wax ($45). Four massages retire muscle tension and bodily tension to a trophy case at a local high school ($80+).
Dharma Massage & Bodywork provides traditional massages designed to help the healing process and temple bodywork to aid with chronic aches, post-accident trauma, or simple relaxation. In the comfort of a private room, clients can ask for light to medium strokes to soothe everyday stress or more-focused deep-tissue kneads to ease aches. Dharma also specializes in bodywork for expectant mothers, birthing partners, and toddlers prone to tricycle knee.
Lilac Healing Center is staffed by a diverse group of trained therapists who improve their clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Founded by licensed massage therapist Kathryn McDaniel, Lilac Healing Center slowly grew out of a series of other businesses—what began simply in 2002 as a place where people went to get a massage became a destination for all kinds of healing services. Today, the staffers not only perform bodywork and therapeutic yodeling, but they also provide acupuncture, energy work, and custom vitamin programs. In addition, the center hosts a multitude of both private and group yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.
Signature Service: Therapeutic massage
Brands Used: Biotone massage gel
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 [or more] minutes early to fill out paperwork so that it doesn't cut into your time on the table.
Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
Yes, in more ways than one. First, the human body was created to be a fine-tuned machine. The muscles lengthen and shorten to provide movement. Everything knows what it is supposed to do. Second, I believe that you need to be joyful and grateful for the blessings in your life, as well as the struggles that have brought you to where you are now. A beautiful heart is the difference between being joyful and grateful, or miserable and bitter.
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
Biotone massage gel. I have used it for Swedish and therapeutic work and it hasn't let me down yet. It provides the glide I like for Swedish yet isn't too slick for the more precise therapeutic work. As I usually tend to have clients like a mix of both, it has worked out very nicely.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Having the "The World Revolves Around Me" attitude. I don't care how beautiful you are, that is ugly. It causes you to do things that are rude, and makes you obnoxious because you feel everyone around you needs to know when you are unhappy--which is usually most of the time.
Gordon Robison’s small-town upbringing in Tennessee, along with his passion for preparing young women for Teen and Miss USA pageants, led him to create Gordon & Co. Salon, a spa that features high-end treatments in an inclusive, down-home atmosphere. In addition to treating scalps with Pravana coloring products and Aquage styling balms, Gordon's affable staffers perform body treatments and massages. Scrubs incorporate coffee or honey and almond scents, and spray tans leave skin looking sun-kissed without the painful radioactive lip marks. The massage therapists draw from a number of therapeutic modalities, targeting knotted muscles with gentle kneading or improving sluggish circulation and lymphatic flow with energy work.