Though massage can pamper and relax, Helena Hughes knows it can also heal. The owner and massage therapist at Pax Massage has believed in the power of touch ever since it brought peace to her terminally ill grandmother and her grieving mother. Massage provided her grandmother an hour to herself every week and raised her spirits. For her mother, ?it was more of an emotional thing, of someone taking care of her for that hour.? After her grandmother passed way, Hughes returned to her job in PR but couldn?t muster much enthusiasm. ?I kept going back to the fact that my grandmother and mother were able to get through this time with the help of a healing touch.? So, with the encouragement of her husband, Hughes decided to switch careers.
While her spa was being built, she took night-school classes in massage therapy and energy work. Now, she specializes in helping clients ?who are going through a significant loss,? just as another therapist once helped her own family. Hughes observes that when people go through loss, they accrue tension in their neck and shoulders, which can lead to injuries and discomfort. ?What I preach to all my clients is that it?s a choice to be in good health and to feel well, and I think that massage is very powerful in doing that for them,? she says. Hughes joins a team of massage therapists and an aesthetician to offer healing massages and skincare services. Clients can request male or female massage therapists.
Licensed massage therapist Victoria Wintersteen breaks down knots and tension with a full menu of massage techniques. Before kneading and mollifying muscles and clearing minds of stressful launch codes, Victoria consults with clients and helps them select from such modalities as deep tissue, Swedish, and reflexology. Victoria customizes strokes to accommodate individual body types as she glides her soothing strokes through high-quality lotions and massage oils, leaving backs more relaxed than a weeping willow in a hot tub.
Sunlight filters through Soul Serenity Beauty & Wellness's tall windows, illuminating treatment rooms lush with potted plants and carved wooden furniture, all presided over by a ceramic statue of a laughing Buddha. At the heart of this oasis sits Kathryn Peabody, a massage therapist who founded Soul Serenity after graduating from the Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork.
A level-three reiki practitioner and second-degree Jedi, Kathryn eases visitors? woes with an array of spa services ranging from facials and waxing to ear candling, sauna sessions, and massages incorporating healing stones and aromatherapy. To encourage better care after bodies leave the spa?s protective confines, the shop carries organic skincare products from brands such as Miessence and Young Living.
The highly trained staff at HLC Med harnesses futuristic technology and its own line of products for services that heal, rejuvenate, and beautify. In the guffawing face of father time, technicians roll up their sleeves and unholster their lasers, blasting away acne scarring, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation with the Radiancy SpectraClear system. A chilled-tip laser uproots party-crashing hair from any skin type, and a Q-switched KTP YAG laser sends sun spots packing. Custom chemical peels stimulate cell renewal and collagen production to fill out fine lines, and radio-frequency devices firm up skin and smooth out cellulite. The center also offers services for men, including laser treatments for razor bumps, back-hair removal, and a gentleman's facial that moisturizes faces more effectively than head-butting Poseidon.
Master stylist Nino DeAngelis has occupied many a magazine page and TV screen since embarking on his career?Vogue, Elle, and TLC's A Makeover Story, to name a few. As if that hasn't kept him busy enough, he also runs his own line of products while regularly flying between clients on both coasts. But somehow, Nino still finds the time to pilot Runway Salon. At the salon, Nino joins stylist Colette Twomey and aesthetician Kathryn VonOesen in pampering and rejuvenating guests with cutting-edge haircutting techniques and advanced skincare treatments.