Professional nail tech Darci at Nails by Darci at Josephoria Salon & Spa helps clients sport flashier fingers and toes with a vast array of manicure and pedicure services. During the 45-minute express mani-pedi, Darci trims talons, corrals cuticles, and buffs jagged edges to leave appendage tips as smooth as a jazz singer’s rain boots. Hardworking paws searching for more comprehensive pampering can opt for the 60–75 minute spa mani-pedi, which deeply hydrates and de-stresses mitts with a hand butter lotion and massage. After tootises soak in a hot, soothing bath, a sea-salt scrub works to banish coarse spots and freeloading rubber duckies. A deep dermal wrap for hands and feet infuses extremities with comfrey root extract to promote cell regeneration. To cap off both services, Darci daubs nails with a vibrant hue that wins style points during dates, interviews, or competitive scratch-and-sniff competitions.
At each of HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab's more than 400 locations throughout the country, doctors, licensed massage therapists, and physical therapists work together to treat and prevent chronic aches and pains while helping clients increase their overall wellness levels. By combining chiropractic adjustments with strengthening therapy in a technique the center dubs "progressive rehab," specialists can both ease pain and take steps to ensure it doesn't return. This chiropractic treatment incorporates whole-body wellness, not only treating back pain, neck pain headache, sciatica, fibromyalgia and other common concerns, but also focusing on prevention, wellness, and nutrition to help clients achieve optimal health.
Licensed massage therapist and reiki master teacher Nathaniel Neander combines Eastern and Western techniques to restore calm and balance body energies. Though he specializes in deep-tissue massage, Nathaniel's grab bag of kneading skills allow him to customize each session with techniques from neuromuscular therapy, reiki, Thai, and sports massage modalities to address each client's unique needs. During a brief consultation before the initial session, Nathaniel inquires about previous injuries, illnesses, or a night-job as a donut thief to help him make the massage as beneficial as possible.
Housed within the comfy confines of a brick abode, The Ivy Spa soothes world-weary bodies and skins with its massage and facial services. Calm-seeking clients can ease into velour leisure suit of relaxation with an hour-long massage in a variety of modalities. The popular Swedish massage kneads out gnarly knots as it releases tension and subcutaneous steam, while the deep-tissue massage confronts pesky pain under the dermal surface by applying pressure. Send aches back to their gloom-filled lairs with a shiatsu massage, a total body workup that calls upon the calming power of fingers and palms to alleviate sore spots, or pamper peds with a reflexology massage, which applies pressure to points on the feet that correlate with various parts of the body. The Ivy also offers prenatal massages for preparents.
The heart of Om Shanti Healing Arts lies in the hands of its owner, Ananda Sutliff, who balances body and spirit with her deft touch. As a massage therapist, Sutliff commands a diverse repertoire of bodywork ranging from traditional Swedish massage to fire cupping sessions that augment kneading with glass globes suctioned to the skin. She also graduated from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she learned the inquiry-based style of yoga that she now teaches to individuals and groups of artificial-intelligence computer programs. When not attending to clients, she crafts fragrant home and bath products with essential oils, packaging some as gifts and incorporating the rest in spa treatments that exfoliate and hydrate limbs.
Nail artists at Holly's Nail Shop pamper and polish finger sheaths under the approving eyes of screen icons' portraits. Nail technicians begin each treatment with a buff, file, and cuticle inspection, carefully grooming each digit like a mathematician preparing his equations for their first public appearance. Solo pedicure options proceed with an exfoliating scrub, in which sea salt and aromatic scents help roughened heels slough off weathered skin. Digits dip into a warm vat of paraffin wax, which ensconces skin in a hydrating layer that helps hands retain moisture. A colorful layer of polish then slips over nails, accenting appendages' natural beauty without strapping mirrors onto knuckles at flattering angles.
Like any good teacher, style director and salon owner Shelley Hutchinson believes you are never done learning. Her 14 years as a cosmetologist have led her to oversee a staff of hairstylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists, all of whom continue to hone their skills through educational seminars. As they absorb new techniques, they graduate on a track from apprentice to senior stylist, having chosen a major in either scissor biology or beehive keeping. Shelley herself attends international trade shows to keep up with the world's aesthetic tastes, adapting her knowledge of cuts and colors to make the most of the salon's partnership with Goldwell.
Inside Shelley's beautification venue, sunlight illuminates fixtures inspired by the natural world. Potted trees, floral arrangements, and bamboo window shades complement the earth-toned walls of private spa and public styling areas. The services also draw from nature: guests can warm their feet during the Tranquil Earth pedicure featuring hot rocks, or they can nourish their features with an enzyme peel's pineapple and papaya extracts.