"At the age of 16, my chemistry teacher inspired my love of chemistry by teaching me how to make beauty products," say Cindy Tawiah, eponymous founder of Diva by Cindy. Cindy has garnered praise from a variety of outlets, including Tyra Banks's fashion and beauty website, for her line of natural, alcohol-free hair products. Her products have also received praise and awards from typeF and Shecky's for detangling hair in a swift and stylish manner. Cindy's staff employs her signature line of healthful shampoos, conditioners, and 'do balms during a variety of hair services. As 'dos get done, other team members work to treat the whole body, from the aestheticians who smooth and renew skin with waxes and facials to massage therapists who knead away stresses or recalibrate energy levels with reflexology and reiki techniques.
The therapists at Mommie Massage Center focus their skills on mothers, expectant mothers, and other women who endure their fair share of stress. Their specialty—prenatal massage—relieves tension in the lower back and hips, where moms-to-be tend to experience the most pain. The therapists also offer foot and leg treatments that can alleviate water retention and reduce the appearance of varicose veins. Often they rely on special add-ons—aromatherapy scents, hot stones—to make the treatments that much more relaxing. In a bit of synergy, Mommie Massage Center is located inside of Little Bo Peep, Inc., where sonographers create 3D ultrasound images that tell mothers if their babies will in fact be born in three dimensions or will simply exist as a straight line on a sliver of graph paper.
The attentive staff at LeSalon de Beauté beautifies hair, skin, and nails, striving to anticipate clients' needs in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Stylists transform strands with color and texturizing services, including spiral perms modeled after famous DNA double helixes. The team targets stress with Swedish, deep-tissue, or myofascial massages and mani-pedis that can include a hot stone hand or foot treatment. The community-minded salon has also supported local artists by displaying paintings and other works.
Licensed chiropractor Rob Marvenko sees the body as a single, harmonious entity. Each component affects the function of all the others, as in a delicate ecosystem or the mosh pit at a Slayer concert. Marvenko's hands-on techniques reflect this holistic view of the body. During neuromuscular-reeducation sessions for soft-tissue injuries, he reinforces the nerve signals for functional movement by use of repetitive motions and muscle stimulation. Through the Chiropractic Biophysics technique, he focuses on normalizing posture and spinal curvature. In addition to bringing spines and nervous systems back into balance, he and the clinic's massage therapist practice hydrotherapy massage and physical therapy.
TrackStar Wellness Spa's cadre of dedicated therapists sets clients afloat on a lazy river of relaxation, their soothing services bolstered by spa amenities such as on-site showers, complimentary water, and relaxing music. Strive to hydrate and rejuvenate dry, cracked skin with a full-body scrub. Epidermal deserts are first treated to a dry brush exfoliation that whisks away dead skin cells, as well as microscopic tumbleweeds and cartoon roadrunners. An organic body butter is then applied to the skin. Guests can choose from five different scents for their treatment, including ginger, lemongrass, and green tea. Following the scrub, bodies are kneaded with a Swedish massage that uses long, flowing strokes to relax exhausted muscles. Tired tootsies can opt for the Thai foot-reflexology option, which applies precise thumb and finger pressure to reflex points on the feet that may correspond to different parts of the body. Through these anatomical connections, foot reflexology can help improve circulation, stimulate toxin removal, and silence toes' incessant squeals for roast beef.