The licensed therapists at Medical Massage Clinic dedicate themselves to helping to relieve a range of muscular ailments, including stored tension, chronic pain, and aching joints accrued from excessive slam-dancing at retirement parties. One-hour sessions include such modalities as Swedish and hot stone, which relax back muscles while increasing circulation. Specialized treatments target problem areas and include trigger-point therapy, during which knots of tension in muscles are located and unraveled with the determination of a string-hungry housecat.
At New Definitions Salon, a team of eager stylists spruces up the heads of men, women, and children with custom hair services guided by continual education in all aspects of beauty. Armed with Redken and J Beverly Hills products, the follicle whisperers converse with clients about their beauty goals before determining game plans. To help patrons achieve their desired looks or no longer look like their FBI “wanted” poster, stylists can incorporate precision cuts, specialty coloring, keratin hair straightening, and expert weaving, as well as facial treatments such as waxing or eyelash extensions.
Pod Laser Aesthetics' team of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners harnesses an arsenal of lasers to keep skin looking youthful. The gentle, noninvasive treatments reduce unwanted hair, smooth out wrinkles, and squash spider veins into oblivion. The staff also give these surface treatments subdermal support, employing quick injections of Botox or dermal fillers to beautify faces from the inside out. Before their appointments, patients can read the FAQ for answers to any questions about treatments or whether they need to bring their own scuba suit.
The massage therapists and aestheticians at Body Works Day Spa nurture the body and mind with a full menu of soothing services. Skincare treatments cleanse and rejuvenate pores, and all-natural spray tans imbue hides with a sun-kissed glow without exposure to damaging UV rays. Waxing sessions remove unwanted hair from virtually anywhere for a few weeks, and laser hair-removal treatments yield longer-lasting results. In the privacy of a special room, couples massages allow pairs to lie side by side as therapists knead away their tension, knots, and his-and-hers charlie horses.
Personal trainer AJ Mihrzad once struggled with his own weight-loss challenges and severe back pain. After catching a glimpse of himself in the window of a fast-food restaurant, he decided it was time to make a change. Mihrzad pursued an undergraduate degree in exercise science and nutrition and a master's degree in psychology, striving to learn about all the factors that contribute to fitness success. He tried working at a corporately owned gym, but felt compelled to follow the road less traveled or treadmill less frequented. Mihrzad created LifeFuel Fit, where his focus on three major aspects of health— exercise, nutrition, and mindset—helps others achieve the same confidence, energy, and fitness level that he himself has obtained.
Mihrzad hired a team of trainers and nutritionists to assist him in this mission. The nutritionists provide dietary guidance, the trainers lead highly varied workouts designed to efficiently tone muscles and burn fat, and they all hold clients accountable for their results. Patrons lose a monthly average of 10–12 pounds of fat, or the amount of butter needed to sculpt a soulmate for the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Knowing that everyone takes a different path to fitness, Mihrzad also established LeanBuddy, an app that leads customers through their weight-loss journeys from the convenience of their smartphones. For a full month, users receive a daily email filled with the challenges and dietary recommendations they should take on for that day. Once they complete the instructions, they report back on the smartphone app, then receive personalized feedback from a team of fitness coaches. By letting participants complete challenges on their own time, the program can often produce more dramatic results than other more demanding regimens.
Christine Adkins and Amy Gabarini, the owners of Textures Hair Studio, draw on their Goldwell Academy and John Paul Mitchell Systems training to provide clients with beautiful styles. Using Goldwell coloring and other products from brands such as Paul Mitchell, Nioxin, Onestà, and KMS, they and their team shape hair with a variety of services including haircuts and styling for men, women, teens, and children. They also specialize in services such as updos, men’s grey blending, perms, hair relaxers, and standard- and partial-foil color treatments.
Staying on top of trends is important to the stylists at Tres Belle Salon & Spa—and it comes easy thanks to one of their owners, who also doubles as the president of The Metro Cosmetology Association. Due to this fortuitous fact, the team has access to ongoing classes and the latest styling products—which they use to revamp strands with cuts, color, and smoothing keratin formulas.