Plum Tree Salon & Spa sits on a former plum tree orchard. In the same spot where workers once toiled picking and carrying produce through the fields, massage therapists and aestheticians now stand by ready to provide a relaxing getaway with Swedish massages and European facials. The spa also staffs eight licensed stylists, who are on call to help spur personal transformations. Using products by Moroccanoil and Pureology, they sculpt haircuts, embellished with color and texture that make hair look as healthy and refreshed as a vitamin that just returned from Hawaii.
Just as Zenergize's name balances the words zen and energize, the spa's massage therapists work to balance their clients' feelings of relaxation and invigoration. The stable of bodyworkers is proficient in a rainbow of massage techniques, which they pick and choose from to address the individual needs of their clients regardless of age, gender, or phase of life. During deep-tissue massages, therapists can focus on relieving chronic pain or helping athletes to heal after a debilitating injury. Lymphatic-drainage therapy helps to facilitate the body's natural detoxification processes with strokes tailored to clients' individual bodies and natural rhythms. Classic Swedish massages also bring profound relief from the stresses of everyday life. Though the center specializes in massage, the staff also performs a few carefully chosen aesthetic services including the Timeless Skin photofacial, which uses infrared light to stimulate new cell growth and repair sun-damaged or mature skin.
At Got Pain Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Roxanna Williamson customizes her therapeutic massage sessions to suit the needs of each client. Her one- to two-hour sessions moisturize the skin while releasing muscular tension with gentle strokes that glide over raw, organic coconut-oil massage lotion. Reflexology for the hands and feet is also included with each treatment.
Most days upon leaving class at the International School of Skin and Nailcare, Kristen Axton headed straight to her job at Kiehl's. This combination of formal training and on-the-job experience helped develop her aesthetic expertise, which she further refined while working at several med spas throughout Atlanta. Today, as owner of Kristen's Skin Care & Massage, she commands a team of massage therapists and aestheticians dedicated to beautifying and de-stressing clients. Their signature Atlanta facial restores vim and vigor to lagging faces with a multi-step regimen that includes peels derived from herbal enzymes or therapeutic acids. Aestheticians also slough away dead skin cells with microdermabrasion sessions designed to lessen scarring from acne, sun damage, and general wear and tear. Elsewhere in the shop, massage therapists unravel kinked muscles with techniques borrowed from Swedish and neuromuscular specialties.
Within a tranquil, private room, a massage therapist lightly sets smooth, heated stones along a client’s back. Nearby, a professional athlete discusses her chronic pain or injury-related soreness with a therapist, who tailors the pressure accordingly. These represent just a snippet of the day-to-day activities at Mercy's Touch Massage Clinic, where staffers reenergize bodies and minds with an array of massage modalities—including prenatal, Swedish, and deep tissue—as well as other calming services such as body wraps, aromatherapy, and advanced sheep-counting techniques.
At Art Hair Salon & Spa, a team of stylists orchestrates salon treatments with specialized cutting techniques, Aveda products, and Wella hair-coloring systems. Alongside a suite of hair services, the team soothes away stress with hot-stone massage or smoothes skinscapes with waxing treatments. Airbrush tanning bronzes skin and microdermabrasion rejuvenates facial façades under the mellow glow of candles in private treatment areas.
Cappuccino walls surround guests at styling stations accented with blossoming orchids. Throughout hair and nail services, clients watch personal television screens to catch up on world news or groundbreaking peace treaties between cartoon animals.
Atlanta Bodytherapy Center's certified Rolfing practitioner, Mike Waefler, targets fasciae—tissues surrounding bones and muscles—as he attempts to restore clients' posture and health. The Rolfing treatment begins with a consultation, in which Waefler observes the body's movement while standing, walking, and reacting to a loss in Scrabble. Over the course of the Rolfing session, Mike stretches the fasciae with his fingers or knuckles as clients perform breathing exercises or stretches while lying, sitting, or standing. Untangling the fasciae aims to relieve chronic pain, increase range of motion, and improve the effectiveness of karate chops in everyday situations. For sessions, clients should wear minimal clothing; a bathing suit or underwear is best.
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