The licensed massage therapists at Serenity Massage Center leverage expertise in a variety of massage techniques to personalize each kneading session. Swedish massage uses light or medium pressure to loosen knots and alleviate stress. The smooth, gliding strokes ease muscle tension and promote relaxation, easing overworked muscles and melting tension into a conveniently positioned bucket. As frames slacken, therapists may target especially tense areas with increased pressure. An effective treatment for stress reduction and the improvement of blood circulation, Swedish massage also relieves anxiety, depression, and trauma resulting from having a quarter painfully extracted from an ear by a street magician. Other benefits of massage include increased joint mobility and improved immune-system functioning.
The fire-truck-red brick exterior of Mane Attractions Hair Studio invites heads of hair for remodeling within a spacious, studio-style salon. Wielded by master stylist Kristi Howell, a Joico deep-conditioning mask steeps manes for 20 minutes in hydrating nourishment and dives deep into strands to strengthen and repair hair damaged from over-styling, cold weather, or drying off in the microwave. To top off the treatment, the stylist corrals the warm breeze of a blow-dryer to bequeath coifs with a polished style. The studio recommends that heads sport the deep-conditioning mask up to two times per month, depending on the severity of the hair’s dryness.
Clients at Southern Rays take control of their skin shades by using customizable UV- and sunless-tanning systems. Beds and booths come in six levels of UV intensity (up to a $25 value/session) so that clients can gradually prepare for the day when humans migrate to the sun. The Mystic Tan HD system (a $30 value/session) applies spritzings of UV-free tanning solution in the privacy of an individual chamber, and airbrush tanning paints pelts in each client’s most suitable shade. Southern Rays’ knowledgeable staff is always on hand to answer questions, provide tanning tips, and console useless sunbeams. Check the equipment page to see which services are offered at which locations.
Signature Service: All hair needs, from color to haircuts
Brands Used: Primarily Redken
Staff Size: 1 person
Good for Kids: Yes
Kori Porter prefers to use a delicate touch when styling hair. In her opinion, most people already use too much product, so to avoid the same pitfalls she prudently applies a combination of Redken serums and good old-fashioned patience. But that's not to say that Kori is averse to full-blown makeovers. On the contrary, she often repairs deeply damaged hair with conditioning treatments and adds color and shine with dazzling highlights.
Sun Tan City’s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can schedule a single visit to touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon’s 100% guarantee.
Vicky suffers from the pain and weariness of fibromyalgia. Don survived being hit by a truck while riding his bicycle, but was left with broken bones and contusions that contribute to his chronic discomfort. Louise’s sixth-nerve palsy gives her double vision. Although each person’s condition is dramatically different, all three have found relief at the hands of Elizabeth Slone, whose massages don’t just soothe tension and ease sore muscles—they also help her patients manage their pain and heal.
Having honed her techniques at Lexington Healing Arts Academy, Slone has been practicing massage therapy since 2001, going hand-to-hand against troublesome aches using trigger-point and neuromuscular modalities. Her gifted mitten fillers are also well versed in orthopedic and adhesion release massage techniques, which can help break up the fibrous connective tissue that forms after injury, surgery, or ingestion of an entire throw rug. She serenades olfactory senses with aromatherapy scents during kneading sessions and can augment massages with reflexology.