The experienced and certified therapists at Restorative Therapies, LLC specialize in the treatment of chronic pain and physical and emotional distress. The treatments offered work to rid fatigued bodies and their sticky, viscous auras of all things unpleasant. An hour-long massage, utilizing your choice of deep-tissue or neuromuscular therapy, targets deeply embedded body pain, retrieves it, and reduces it to ash at a safe distance. Alternately, energy healing in the mode of reiki, reconnective, or Pranic Healing is entrenched in eastern spiritual and medical traditions, and works to repair the less-visible but still important energies that surround the human body.
For those seeking to spruce up appearances without surgery, Infinity Med-I-Spa's options are—true to the company's name—virtually infinite. For one, there are its numerous aesthetic lasers, which can remove hair, wrinkles, spider veins, tattoos, Mattel logos, and a range of other blemishes quickly and effectively. Facial treatments ranging from classic microdermabrasion to cutting-edge services such as the VI Peel and the Jet Peel rid pores of impurities and smooth over signs of aging, while medical weight loss services help clients shed inches with meal replacement shakes, medications, and vitamin injections.
Beyond enhancing the outside, the med-spa also helps clients feel better on the inside. Licensed massage therapists ease nagging pains and chronic tension with a range of modalities, from traditional strokes such as Swedish and deep-tissue to Eastern-inspired therapies such as energy work.
The barbers and stylists on Butler's executive grooming team are specially trained to deal with the rugged majesty of a man's hair and skin. They use high-end grooming products, such as Jack Black, Molton Brown, and Anthony, to ensure the classiest haircut ($38) possible. The hot towels and pre-shave oils of Butler's signature hot-lather shave ($30) are so relaxing you might need to be pinched when prompted for your choice of straight razor or Mach-3 razor. Escape to the comforts of Butler's manspa while meticulous manicurists rejuvenate your nails ($25). Finally, understanding the symbiotic relationship between a gentleman and his hard shoe, Butler's shoeshiner will give your foot-protecting friends the luster they deserve ($7).
Licensed massage therapist Kimberly M. Johnson employs seven different styles of kneads to release her clients’ physical and emotional tensions. An annual participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Kimberly knows firsthand that athletic movements—as well as day-to-day activities—can put a strain on the body’s muscles. She combines her knowledge of anatomy with a compassionate approach during 60- to 90-minute Swedish massages that unwind knotted muscle fibers with alternating pressures. Aside from this popular modality and its deep-tissue sibling, Kimberly targets athletic ailments with specialized sports massages and prepares muscles for mashing with warm, smooth stones placed along the back or hurled at spots of tension.
Soft, relaxing music battles audible oohs and aahs at Kacey Mayo's massage studio, where the licensed massage therapist calls upon her training in seven modalities to dissolve stress and pain. Mayo encourages clients to speak up about their expectations and needs so that she can tailor her services to treat past injuries and other areas of concern. Electric warmers keep massage beds toasty, and the specialist uses heated packs to keep unmassaged areas warm throughout each session.
If she were handed a list of humanity's basic needs, Crystal Sutton might write "relaxation" just beneath "food, water, and shelter." The licensed massage therapist believes that cutting down on stress at the spa shouldn't be a special occasion, but a regular occurrence. She even began a massage membership program to encourage monthly visits.
Crystal—who graduated from University of Alabama with a biology degree—backs up that perspective by citing its many benefits, which range from a decrease in chronic pain to better blood pressure. She strives to achieve these results in her clients with a handful of methods. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages complement specialized styles, such as a TMJ treatment—focused tissue work around the mouth that relieves pain in the jaw from trying to swallow whole grapefruits. For less medicinal treatments, Crystal keeps cosmetologist Michelle on staff who upgrades appointments with a mani-pedi or facial.
Escape Day Spa co-owners Carrie Wheelock and Alicia Liddon know how therapeutic a day at the spa can be. Wheelock, an experienced massage therapist, has witnessed the restoration and healing power of touch while both giving and receiving massages. Liddon, on the other hand, is not only an aesthetician, but also a wife and mother of three who understands the daily stressors of family life. Her passion for healthy skin has helped ground her and was her inspiration for opening her own skincare clinic.
At the spa's new location in Edgewood, the duo and their team perform treatments that range from multimodality massages and facials with organic Babor products to mother-of-pearl body scrubs and mani-pedis with vegan SpaRitual polish. They also create spa packages that allow romantic couples, pairs of best friends, or celebrities and their egos to enjoy chocolates and champagne while relaxing together.