The throaty purr of saxophones drifts from Salon Au Rouge into neighboring woods and across a creek. Jazz music and glasses of wine in the salon work with decor to simulate the feeling of having stepped into a Parisian salon. In the two-level chartreuse building, merlot-hued curtains billow in gentle breezes like the robe of a magistrate who is actually just kids standing on each other's shoulders. April Eastman—the owner and a stylist with more than 20 years of experience—designed the salon, and she walks among potted flowers to fill wine glasses and coffee mugs. Her apprentice-trained stylists cut, color, and sculpt hair with products from Redken, Wella, Keune, and L'Oréal Organics, concluding each appointment with at-home styling tips. Away from the styling floor, the nail technician pampers hands with manicures and feet with pedicures, wielding OPI polishes or chip-resistant Axxium gel. Inside the salon's newly fashioned private suites, massage therapists knead away tension with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, and aestheticians care for skin with oxygen-infused facials and waxing services.
Leaving something behind can be an unsettling experience, unless that something is stress. Licensed massage therapist Jennifer Locke brings about this happy occurrence with her roster of massages, Reiki sessions, and ionic foot baths. She also hosts classes for couple’s massage and raindrop therapy, which uses nine different essential oils to help detoxify the body.
Owned by a family of licensed massage therapists and clinical hypnotherapists, Liberty Massage and Hypnosis has helped clients to unwind and recharge for 15 years. Along with massages, body wraps, and facials, Liberty Massage and Hypnosis calms the mind through alternative treatments including hypnosis, psychological acupressure, and kitten nuzzling.
Karen Wallek is a nationally certified, licensed massage therapist and a Ralston School of Massage graduate. However, she began her career before any of her formal schooling—as a youngster, she massaged her mom's shoulders, which were riddled with chronic pain. These early experiences propelled her onto her career path, and now she doles out soothing kneadings for people with sports injuries, pregnancy-related aches, and general stress. Karen employs a quintet of modalities—including hot-stone massage—to draw out tension, promote relaxation, and pacify the nervous system more effectively than shouting at it to calm down.
Theresa Braunstein initially took an introductory massage-therapy class so she could try some of the techniques on her handicapped brother. But that one class changed her entire life. A passion for healing the human body took hold of Theresa, and she enrolled in massage-therapy school to become a licensed massage therapist. She is well versed in myofacial therapy as well as classic Swedish, and deep-tissue massages. She also specializes in craniosacral therapy, which focuses on the connective tissue to alleviate chronic pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve deep relaxation.
Laurie Simpkins has been a licensed massage therapist for more than a decade. In addition, she's also a reiki master and a doula who has assisted in more than 30 home and hospital births. Holistic Choices is the culmination of her expertise. Her massages, which include Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, foster physical and mental relaxation, much like practicing yoga with a hypnotherapist. As a doula, Laurie works with women throughout their pregnancies, administering massages and reiki on her specialty prenatal massage table and providing support during labors and deliveries.