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.
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.
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.
Majestic Medical Touch Spa owners Jimmy Little and Malea Moore met while attending the International School of Skin, Nailcare & Massage Therapy. Like a mouse that scratches behind an elephant’s ear in exchange for protection, the two decided to join forces, lending their specialized talents to provide clients with a full range of skin and bodycare treatments.
Jimmy, a professional aesthetician, specializes in advanced bodywork techniques and corrective skincare such as advanced custom peels for different skin types. Likewise, as a licensed aesthetician, Malea specializes in corrective skincare and participates in ongoing studies of reflexology and advanced machines. Her treatments are developed to relax, renew, and detoxify the skin.
Atlanta Serenity Massage’s fleet of trained massage therapists lavishes attention on aching musculature using a plethora of muscle-maneuvering techniques. One of eight experienced massage maestros learned in the arts and ionic columns of dorsal architecture realigns under-the-surface fibers with a deep-tissue massage, relieving persistent pains and reworking muscles into cohesive structures. In a one-hour Swedish or therapeutic massage, soothing hands rigorously knead sinews to erase stresses and minimize pain epicenters with long strokes and pinpointed kneading. Toes and feet act as liaisons between reflexologists and tense bodily regions as Morse code eviction notices—delivered via pressure points—chase away aches and pains elsewhere. Client duos can receive their dermal kneadings side by side during a couples massage in the style of their choice. The spa’s low-lit treatment rooms cater to all the senses with aromatic scents, a smattering of soothing candles, and a feng shui layout designed to maximize relaxation and divert circus parade routes to other thoroughfares.
Spa Sydell traces its roots back to 1982, when its flagship spa opened under the moniker of Sydell Skin Care Salon. A spike in popularity led the spa to change its name to the leaner Spa Sydell and expand to seven locations. Today, the spa’s experts form a team of licensed skincare professionals and massage therapists, all of whom must pass intense training processes in the spa's signature techniques. Dr. Tara Margarella and Dr. Herb Kollinger are skilled in advanced injection techniques and work alongside nurse Cheryl Gillis to help perfect the latest aesthetic and cosmetic treatments, using only US FDA approved products.