As a teenager, Brad Hogle suffered from many health problems?from pounding headaches and chronic vertigo to weak ligaments, he was rarely comfortable. After visiting numerous doctors' offices and seeing little improvement, his lifelong interest in martial arts led him to research Eastern therapies. With this knowledge, he developed a set of daily stretches and exercises that helped him overcome his ailments. A new believer in the potency of alternative healing practices, Brad then went on to become a licensed massage therapist and open Vibe Shiatsu in 2011.
All of his treatments begin with an assessment that involves closely examining each client. By noticing the way a person breathes, as well as their arm, leg and spine movements, Hogle is able to predict the best way to release large amounts of tension. Alternatively, an assessment may also show him where to direct his focus, so that he may help heal an overlooked area. To complement Hogle's massage therapy, Vibe Shiatsu's decor exudes a professional-yet-peaceful aura, where sleek off-white walls bear photography by one of Brad's friends and finger paintings by big-name CEOs.
In the sumptuous confines of Glamour! Beauty. Body. Boutique., chandeliers glimmer above pink-and-white-striped walls, plump black sofas, and rose-colored armchairs. Marie Antoinette and her courtiers would look at home amid the salon’s ornate black scrollwork and pink satin.
From the salon walls, the framed visages of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe watch deft stylists wield Paul Mitchell products as they snip and color clients’ locks to reflect classical dos or avant-garde trends. The team can also lengthen locks with hair or feather extensions and craft updos for formal occasions. In addition, the salon offers facials that use Bioelements products, waxing services, and eyelash extensions.
Renee Keopadapsy took over This One's 4 You Salon Boutique in 2011 and expanded it into the larger, full-service salon it is today. As a working mother of five boys, Renee wanted to empower fellow moms and working professionals to take a break and indulge in beauty treatments. Along with stylists, nail technicians, and massage therapists, Renee provides classic salon and spa treatments. Thanks to a 650-square-foot expansion, the space also houses beauty and boutique products as well as a tanning room with a high-performance bed that can darken skin tone to virtually any bread color.
The Healing Den of Salem is a haven of holistic health therapies that rely on the power of light and sound. The studio's New Aura LED bed is like a tanning bed that allows the body to bask in green, amber, red, and infrared rays. These hues are thought to target ailments such as inflammation, frazzled nerves, and fear of darkrooms. Supplementing this light therapy is sound vibration therapy, which uses specific frequencies to promote calming or pamper the chakras.
Physiq Fitness is a shining new workout center—almost as shiny as the silver medal it won for Best Fitness Center and the bronze medal it won for Best New Business in the Statesman Journal's Best of Salem 2012 awards. Inside the modern facility, strength machines, cardio machines, and free weights stay at their posts 24 hours a day, waiting for members looking to boost muscle mass or crack stubborn walnuts. Certified personal trainers hang out, too, calling upon their years of schooling in science and human biology and their expertise in strength and cardio training to lead clients through tailored workouts and nutrition programs. Strength-training and sports-training sessions tackle sport-specific workouts that help increase power, stamina, and agility. Additionally, Physiq's boot-camp sessions challenge groups with a slew of conditioning exercises, calisthenics, obstacle courses, and drills designed to help boost performance levels during sports and full-contact spelling bees. Clients can replenish incinerated calories with healthy shakes from the in-house juice bar.
Amy Fagin knows that every client has specific needs, whether it’s to loosen up tight muscles or boost weak blood circulation. Armed with more than 13 years of experience and her knowledge of numerous massage modalities, she addresses these distinctive needs by designing personalized treatments that work to rejuvenate both body and mind. Amy uses Swedish massage to relax overstressed musculature and can also rely on deep-tissue work, trigger-point therapy, or heated volcanic stones to treat the underlying causes that contribute to chronic pains. For an added boost, the center performs facials and seaweed gel wraps, which work to nourish the skin and attract the attention of wealthy merman suitors.