The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
In music, the term adagio means "slow tempo." Likewise, Salon Adagio serves as an oasis amid the hectic bustle of daily life, commanding clients to relax with a variety of spa and salon treatments. The spa's aestheticians erase blemishes with chemical peels or use noninvasive ultrasonic technology to jump-start collagen production and firm skin tone, and massage therapists relieve muscle tension with relaxing or therapeutic modalities. Along with painting nails with chip-resistant Shellac polish, technicians round out mani-pedis with soothing paraffin treatments and scented scrubs. At the salon, stylists shape tresses into trendy new looks, and sunless and airbrush tanning bronzes skin evenly without exposing it to the harmful UV rays emitted by tanning beds and solar-powered calculators.
With 15 years of professional experience under her belt, Amber Johnson has become more than capable at performing most any salon service. Her specialty, however, is color, which she deftly applies at Xtreme Salon & Spa. Here, she uses Redken hues to help clients come up with a style that suits their personality. The seasoned stylist also loves installing extensions and working with clients seeking elegant updos for special occasions.
Philosophers call your face "the window to your head," although they would never say it to your head-window. Today's Groupon freshens faces after boostering backs with an hour-long customized massage and a 30-minute facial at Mango Bay Spa and Salon for $45 (a $130 value). Mango Bay is a tropical-themed retreat that CityVoters voted one of the best Indy day spas in 2008 and in 2007. You can either spread the bliss over two separate visits, or get your facial and back rub back-to-back.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? Seeing our customers leave happy and well
What do you love most about your job? That I can be a tool [used in] someone's healing process.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? That they came in with pain and left without pain.
Students should bring: Yoga mat, towel, bottle of water, props if desired.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Let go.