As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
In the springtime, pink blossoms hang from tree branches outside of Rhonda's Skin Care to create an scenic entranceway to the peaceful med spa. Inside, internationally trained Master Aesthetician Rhonda Carlile brings out the natural beauty of all skin types with techniques she learned in South Africa, France, and the United States. At her side is fellow Master Aesthetician Kori McCann, Nurse Practitioner Michelle Meyer-Ban, and Wellness Specialist, and Medical Director Dr. James Cook. Together they use the cutting-edge treatments that can help smooth the deepest wrinkles with Xeomin, Botox, Juvederm, and other filler injectables such as Perlane, Restylane, and Belotero, which can be complimented by non-surgical facelifts that visibly lift and contour aging skin or by storing acorns in their cheeks to infiltrate squirrel gangs.
Those seeking a simple spa retreat may also enlist Rhonda's Skin Care for facial and massage services. Massage therapist Antwan Barnes takes clients to weightless heights by using techniques that unfurl tension and promote total-body relaxation. Before or after all appointments, guests may unwind in newly renovated relaxation rooms that boast spacious, serene settings. Additionally, Rhonda's Skin Care participates in Brilliant Distinctions rewards program.
A certified massage therapist for more than 10 years, Scot Meissner administers his masterful, soothing strokes at his studio, Zen Massage Therapy. His gentle Swedish sessions increase circulation and relieve stress, even more so when he incorporates hot stones warmed to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. For clients with specific injuries, such as chronic back pain or muscle tears, Scot conducts a custom medical massage, designed to target and knead away those discomforts. His sports massages ready athletes for major contests by loosening muscles, which helps boost flexibility.
Though licensed massage therapist Sarah Hodges lets her practiced hands do the talking for the most part, she maintains that open communication is an essential aspect of a rewarding massage experience. Before quieting chronic pain and loosening tense muscles with modalities that include Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and trigger-point therapy, Sarah gets to know her clients during informal consultations. After identifying the techniques that will best heal their sore muscles or self-inflicted nunchuck injuries, she turns on soft music, dims the lights, and sets to work.
Sarah picks up the conversation again after the massage, when she describes the treatment she used, discusses her findings, and shares some at-home techniques for further stress relief. She makes sure that her clients leave not only with a loose body but with bolstered spirits and an informed picture of their healing process.
Although she has more than a decade of professional experience, Jocelyn Capito embraces every opportunity to learn more about massage therapy. These continuing studies have taken her from Richmond to California and even to Bangkok, where she learned Thai reflexology. At Gift of Healing Massage, Jocelyn shares her wide repertoire with clients by offering fully custom treatments that can incorporate a variety of modalities?including gentle Swedish strokes, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release?depending on individual needs.
Jocelyn's holistic approach not only provides an escape from the stresses of daily life but also targets the tense muscles and painful knots that those stresses can cause. For an alternative approach, Jocelyn can use reflexology techniques or reiki therapy to restore balance to the body's mental and emotional energies. The addition of soothing aromatherapy oils can leave clients feeling as calm as the water in a broken wave pool.
Affordable Spa Services is home to a staff of 9 nationally and state certified massage therapists, who mollify sinews with an array of tenderizing modalities. During hot-stone massage, gentle hands soothe tense tissues with Swedish techniques while warm lava rocks loosen muscle fibers. Reflexology relieves tension and stimulates energy throughout the body by focusing on the head, ears, hands, and feet, and trigger-point therapy removes the toxins that can cause poor circulation and migraines. When melting muscles during the soul-soothing massages, the staff melts inches off the body with skinny wraps, a 45-minute service that tightens, tones, and firms the skin to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Customers may either have this service performed in the spa or they can purchase a wrap to perform the service at home. Additionally, therapists slather backs with detoxifying mud, target dry skin and arthritis with vitamin-rich paraffin wax, and erase scowl lines with comedic pieing.