The skilled stylists at the full-service Haute Society Hair Studio shape new 'dos under the gleaming lights of a chic, modern studio. Stylists revamp locks with a fresh cut and blow-dry, leaving patrons with sleeker, healthier hair and a lighter head for less labored neck movement. Additionally, customers may further their fringe transformations with a coloring service, infusing looks with a new all-over hue. Hair services last an average of 90 minutes, and once they are through, customers can collect their discarded hair to knit into sweaters as keepsakes for friends and family.
Each of Hydro Zen’s heated Aqua Massage beds harnesses the power of the tides to relieve sore muscles, targeting areas of chronic tension with rolling waves and vibrating jet streams. Personalized controls allow each guest to dial up specialized sequences from 36 water jets that send ebbing and flowing currents of water pulsating across the full body. Unlike a traditional massage, the therapeutic aqua massage does not require clients to disrobe, sparing them the awkwardness of explaining away a past therapist’s tattooed signature.
Stylists, aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists assemble under the roof of Salon 554, a downtown day spa and salon that relies on name-brand products. Hair caretakers spritz clients with products from Pureology, a brand that eschews the alcohol found in other hair products, and skin specialists unleash the topical creams of Bioelements, a line of products developed by the country’s first licensed aesthetician. Massage therapists vanquish stress with the strokes of nine modalities while sprinkling skin with soothing essential oils. Powder-blue walls and dark hardwood floors spread before guests, stretching through a salon whose branching spaces house marble washrooms, abundant plant life, and private treatment areas where clients find refuge from the outside world and the flesh-covered cyborgs who constantly pester them for hugs.
Shiatsu is a Japanese term that means simply “finger pressure”, which is exactly how this massage modality releases tension from muscular tissue. Licensed massage therapist Robert Ellestad opened his practice to bring the relaxing, therapeutic qualities of Shiatsu massage to bodies of all shapes and sizes. In addition to this pressure-point-focused style, he soothes bodies with the gentle series of Swedish massage strokes. His Thai massage sessions incorporate a series of facilitated yoga-like stretches that work out stiff muscles and joints while the client lies on a mat or hovers slightly on a flying carpet.
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.
As a former athlete, Dr. John-Paul D. Whitmire of Whitmire Chiropractic knows something about soreness. His early exposure to sports medicine primed his later chiropractic training, where he built on an already solid knowledge of functional movement. Today he draws on more than 19 years of experience to vanquish pain in children, adults, and athletes. In his rehab-equipped office, he deploys a variety of techniques, which are safe for every patient because they're noninvasive and free of drugs.