As its name implies, High Maintenance Day Spa & Salon strives to meet the beauty demands of its most discriminating clientele with a comprehensive array of relaxing treatments. The spa’s stylists, nail technicians, tanners, and massage therapists continue to carry out the mission set forth by the Crims, who founded the spa in 2006 with the vision of a retreat from life’s hectic day-to-day routine. Indeed, the only stresses to be found amid the salon’s soft-hued tiffany-blue walls are those that arise when choosing which of the many services to indulge in. Couples massages make for romantic and relaxing experiences, waxing removes unwanted fuzz, and spray tans prepare bodies for playing hide-and-seek amid bronze garden sculptures. Before snipping their first locks or untying their first muscle knots, the staff establishes a relationship with each customer through friendly chitchat and an informal consultation.
Dawn, owner and licensed massage therapist at Dawn of Your Wellness, puts her skillful hands to use with a wide variety of massage and reiki techniques. Modalities range from muscle-replenishing deep-tissue massages to quick-hitting Lunch Box Special massages that work the head, neck, and shoulders. Dawn’s reiki treatments focus on the body’s chakra centers with massage treatments, essential oils, and crystals.
Licensed massage therapist Tina Lee helps clients regain balance, physical comfort, and spiritual fulfillment one massage stroke at a time. She’s been in the field for more than 12 years, building up a repertoire of bodywork modalities that combat stress and physical discomfort. At ChakraWorks, she channels her healing powers through Swedish, trigger-point, reflexology, and hot-stone massage, inducing a sense of calm and well-being in clients and massage tables alike.
Licensed massage therapist Mark Foil has spent the last 12 years mastering his own blend of massage techniques. Having worked with a number of chiropractors, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers, he’s incorporated myriad practices in his effort to relieve chronic pain, injuries, and sprains caused by overeager hand raising in math class. His skill set extends beyond just rehabilitative massage, however. Certified in numerous types of modalities including Swedish, Shiatsu, and prenatal bodywork, he's equally skilled at eradicating stress in sessions designed for relaxation.
Neither gym nor spa, The Balance Institute cobbles together something wholly unique, blending the best of both to alleviate pain and prevent future maladies. The buzzing, anonymous atmosphere of a gym gives way to friendly, personalized attention. Trainers and massage therapists join forces, working with clients one on one to unravel the underlying cause of pain and reverse years of unhealthy habits, such as poor eating or only ever using your right arm. Personal training begins with a health assessment and veers into moves and stretches designed to strengthen bodies and assuage pain. In private rooms, massage therapists quiet the cries of sore muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue work, or myofascial release therapy.
Licensed massage therapist Robin Hightower eases muscular tension with a relaxing compilation of massage services tailored to fit each client's unique needs and lifestyle. A 90-minute deep-tissue massage tackles subterranean tension, tightness, and pain and addresses specific pain concerns, such as localized injuries and shin bones that refuse to admit any connection to the knee bones. Lie amidst warm lighting and soothing green walls as weighty strokes forcefully caress maligned musculature, reinstating equilibrium and restoring structural integrity lost after years of leaving your back crumpled in the hamper. An elongating series of stretches fortifies more remote crevasses, improving range of motion in unapproachable joints, including hip flexors. New clients should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to complete brief intake and health forms, or fill them out beforehand.
The rasp of an emery board in motion. Soothed exhalations as paraffin wax cloaks hands. Tara, a licensed cosmetologist, releases an inadvertent symphony while working with guests toward the beauty goals of hands and feet. The stylist also draws on manicure prowess to outfit nails with custom art that makes hands memorable when a typewriter can’t seem to remember your scent.