The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
At Oak Tan, seven types of tanning beds coax out sun-kissed color. Some stave off sweat with cooling systems; others bronze cheeks with facial lamps. Even the salon's basic bed, Tropical, boasts 31 body lamps and 10 facial lamps. Those who want to avoid UV rays completely can step into the Mystic Tan booth for a spray tan. With all these options, customers aren't left to choose one on their own or even with a roll of an eight-sided dice. Instead, the staff has been specially trained to guide customers to the optimal tanning method for their skin type and color.
Getting a massage isn't just an indulgence for Michelle Alvermann. It also inspires her to be a better practitioner. It reminds her of the importance of helping her clients feel great, whether they come to her seeking pain management or to curb anxiety, sleeplessness, or muscles that squish when you walk. She performs six different modalities, such as deep-tissue, pregnancy, and cranial-sacral therapy, in private rooms with soft music.