A visit to Products Salon could involve a haircut, manicure, facial, or massage. The welcoming salon imbues each of their services with an emphasis on personal attention and friendliness. Whether clients kick their feet up and let a nail technician lavish their toes, lower themselves onto a styling chair for a youthful cut and color, or spread out on a massage table and sigh as every knot and kink slowly unravels, they will walk out the door looking younger and more vibrant than when they entered.
In 1997, Touch of Paradise founder Rob Palaski was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye condition that left him visually impaired. It was a blessing in disguise. His diminished sight allowed for greater sensitivity in his hands and the heightened ability to suss out muscular pain. Now in the comfort of his private studio, Rob can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes and acupressure or wrangle lower-layer aches with his signature deep-tissue techniques.
Carissa helps refine and redefine her clients’ looks through haircuts, highlights, and coloring treatments at European Touch Full Service Salon. In addition to haircuts, the salon offers mani-pedis, waxing, and hairstyling for bridal parties so their updos will last through the ceremony and boisterous Electric Slide dancing at the reception.
Like all good relationships, the bonds between Market Square Wellness Center's practitioners and their clients start with great communication. Recognizing that patients' wellness needs and desires can change from day today, they start each session with an in-depth conversation. Its course helps practitioners customize acupuncture and massage treatments and have something to talk about if they run into clients in the supermarket.
For relaxation, the massage therapists rely on the flowing strokes of Swedish massage. To address muscle damage or injuries such as whiplash, they employ deep-tissue techniques or craniosacral therapy, a series of ultralight touches designed to release restrictions in soft tissues that affect the central nervous system. Acupuncture, among other traditional Chinese healing techniques, aims to rebalance the body by stimulating precise points along energy pathways.
Market Square Wellness Center's team might also point clients in the direction of an infrared sauna. The sauna's warming rays help clients immediately relax and may relieve pain, detoxify the body, and clear skin.
With its high-energy throws and snarling taunts, televised wrestling definitely helps many participants let off steam. But in-between bouts, many wrestlers duck backstage to try another method of tension release: a massage with licensed therapist Ashley Liles. For years, Ashley has administered her practiced kneads to WWE wrestlers and other athletes, plying chronic sore spots with deep-tissue techniques. At Message By Massage, she applies similar expertise to non-sports clients as well, in the belief that massage can help anyone better understand their body's needs.
Olive walls and flickering candles set a calming scene inside her treatment room at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness. There, she addresses aches with a variety of techniques and tools, including smooth, warm stones for hot-stone massages or cathartic rounds of tiddlywinks. On top of her regular duties, Ashley also travels offsite for volunteer work, including complimentary chair massages at health fairs, teachers' benefits, and other functions.
Amid the chaos of life, the therapists at Natural Balance Therapeutic Massage step into a bubble of calm at work. Their clients go there to find peace as well, and they gently glides their hands over their dermal canvases during Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. The therapists also help to alleviate pain in the body by concentrating on the feet during reflexology treatments and “This Little Piggy” sessions. Reiki sessions also prove useful in tempering aches and stress by releasing energy blockages.