Licensed massage therapist Debra Carberry has always been helping people. As a social worker for 15 years, and a trained children’s yoga instructor, Debra has honed her ability to create a supportive, safe, and healing environment and caters to clients of all needs including those suffering from chronic physical and emotional pain. Today, her way of helping people takes the form of the more than 10 types of massage modalities she doles out on a regular basis. For clients suffering from back pain, she can help untie tricky knots with deep tissue massages or her speciality, barefoot massage—ashiatsu oriental bar therapy— and therapeutic massages are customized to each individual client's needs. Debra also offers relaxing hot stone and therapeutic massage.
At Roy's Straight Edge, a veteran-owned barbershop with a vintage aesthetic, stylists keep men looking well-groomed with skillful haircuts and close shaves. Depending on each patron's preferences, they may trim hair with scissors, shave it into a fade, or clip it into a sophisticated Caesar cut.
The barbershop's stylists take care to eradicate stubble during straight razor shave sessions, but they also work to keep skin smooth and not irritated. That's why they apply rich lather and layer on towels that are infused with soothing aloe, vitamins A, D, and E, and refreshing herbal extracts. In the waiting room, visitors can sip complimentary beverages and watch TV.
Holly Potter, a licensed aesthetician and massage therapist, got her start by working in a large spa. Though this experience helped her hone her skills, she wanted to work in a more intimate environment where she could craft custom therapies that focused on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. So in 2009, she founded Everything Zen, where she teams up with a somatic practitioner and a certified health coach to cosset clients amid the red walls, bamboo, orchids, and Asian-style décor of a private massage room. Specialists soothe tense muscles and free blocked energy with massage, reiki, and reflexology and polish up visages with facials and microdermabrasion treatments. Like Q-Tips on strike, bodies also find liberation from buildup through ionic footbaths and ear candling.
It's all about lush lashes for aesthetician Heather Crotwell. At Eyes By Design, she enhances her clients' natural lash lines with extensions that look and feel like natural strands. She is trained and certified by Lavish Lashes to apply extensions.
Laura & Co.'s hand and coiffure cognoscenti blanket nails with two color coats and a topcoat of Gelish soak-off polish, or add splashes of Redken color to hairdos. In the 30–60 minute manicure, stylists push back eager cuticles and shape the ragged edges of clients' nails until they can rip open tin cans with ease, then apply a range of eye-catching colors. Newly painted nails cure under LED lights for 30 seconds after each coat application, solidifying gel layers and ensuring that nails retain their integrity for up to three chip- and peel-free weeks. Polish eventually soaks off in about 15 minutes.
Owner Shelley Colonese began Health in Harmony to empower clients to take a more active role in their health with organic nutrition and holistic healing services. Services such as organic diet coaching, massage, and ear candling help clients build a lifestyle rich in healing and environmentally friendly habits, which the center’s staff enjoys as well. "Everything that we offer here we also all partake in,” Shelley says. “As holistic practitioners we work on each other." She laughs. "I guess you could say that's an occupational benefit." Shelley’s commitment to health applies not only to her staff and clients, but also to the earth itself. The entire building features energy-efficient windows, soy-based insulation, and bamboo flooring harvested by pandas that rinse and reuse their plastic bags.