Retta Flagg was introduced to the reparative benefits of massage while recovering from a back injury. Once she was back in tip-top shape, Retta decided to pursue a career in massage therapy, focusing her initial training on styles designed to treat injuries and chronic pain. Only a few years after completing massage school in 1986, she started a 10-year career teaching neuromuscular technique at the very same institution she attended—the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy.
Retta now owns and operates The Healing Touch, a place that clients frequent for stress-relieving treatments ranging from Swedish and pregnancy massages to paraffin therapy baths and onsite corporate chair massages. All the wellness center's therapists are graduates of accredited schools, boast more than 600 hours of training, and actively improve their skills through continuing education and thumb-wrestling tournaments.
Verve is a multi-faceted villa of flexibility that provides yoga classes for everyone from newbies with ligaments as rigid as toy soldiers to seasoned veterans as flexible as a reed in the breeze. With today’s Groupon rolled up like a practice mat, head over to the spacious studio to engage in a series of health-boosting poses that improve strength, flexibility, and overall calmness of the mind. With lessons guided by a staff of trained instructors, students of all experience and fitness levels will find a paved path to fitness within Verve’s hallowed halls. Yoga classes are currently offered four days a week. Consult the schedule to find yoga class times that work within hectic schedules full of work, family, and daily cyborg battles.
Doctor of Chiropractic Joseph Grice and Mary Brown combined their respective training in chiropractic care and nutritional counseling when designing their center's assorted weight-loss services. To jump-start clients’ fitness goals, they wield medical-grade technology, including a body-contouring YOLO Curve laser lipolysis system and fluoroscopic x-ray technology that can capture images of clients’ moving skeletons or daydreams. Patients can reinforce in-office procedures through detoxifying at-home cleanses or by following the medically designed Ideal Protein weight-loss program, which helps stabilize blood-sugar levels while promoting fat loss and preserving muscle tone.
While some spas claim to be relaxing, Spa Jema goes above and beyond, aiming to become a tranquil urban oasis for its clients. Sleek hardwood floors fill the 5,000-square-foot space, through the lounge and treatment rooms equipped with brick fireplaces, candles, and couches, which give off a homey vibe not unlike that of grandma’s Ouija board. Their services augment the calming atmosphere and include fruit-filled facials, deep-tissue massages, and pampering spa packages.
Owners and principal members of the stylist team Emilio and Gino corral their decades of experience to create two distinct spaces where clients revel in personalized services. They staff more than 60 aesthetes, each of whom receives focused training on adjusting hair, skin, nail, and massage services to clients? stated preferences and lifestyle. During and after haircuts, the team uses a house brand of products to style strands and address specific hair problems such as color fading, excessive oil, or naturally occurring pipe cleaners. During facials, the aestheticians home in on what lies below bangs by cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing skin, and tension dissipates during therapists' restful massage sessions. The downtown Pittsburgh location also plays host to an elegant serata?a private, chandelier-lit escape where bridal parties can enjoy ultimate relaxation before addressing the fact that their friend is marrying a panda bear.
At New York Salon & Spa, hairstylists tend to tresses amid sleek, white decor accented by light hardwood floors and other modern design touches. They create new looks for guests that range from basic haircuts to formal updos or highlights.