We are a medical spa that has on staff physicians at our locations. Our medical director Dr. David Pak is truly passionate about overall health. Dr. Pak will is driven to offer all his patients exceptional care, and that is why he has recently started groundbreaking on a entire Wellness Center.
Premier Salon and Spa's stylists have studied hair and beauty in New York City, London, and Paris, but clients don't just come for the team's worldly talents—they also come for the view. Perched 11 stories high inside Macy's Department Store, the space features private styling rooms that offer exclusive peeks at the cityscape and the bald spots of passing pedestrians.
Wielding products from Aveda, Pureology, and Goldwell, the stylists fashion bold cuts and brilliant highlights—services that earned the salon multiple awards from Citysearch. Meanwhile, soothing ambient music fills private suites during massages, waxing services, and customized Dermalogica facials.
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.
Nestled inside a 100-year-old studio with exposed brickwork and the original tin ceilings, Verve Wellness and the Verve 360 studio boost holistic wellness with an expert staff of fitness instructors, massage therapists, and aestheticians. The weekly schedule brims with an assortment of yoga sessions intended to refocus thoughts and inner energy and bolster the stamina and flexibility that students need to race hamsters through air vents. Patvan yoga classes dangle students in harnesses anchored to the Carnegie Steel beams that honeycomb the rafters, buoying attendees slightly above the ground for an innovative approach to yoga that doubles as NASA astronaut training. Designed to craft lean, slender muscles, Pilates sessions welcome students of all skill levels to core-sculpting mat classes and BOSU ball sessions, which push the intensity of traditional mat practice by introducing controlled stretches in addition to the alignment-centered exercises and soothing naptimes.
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.
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