At Hands N Harmony, owner and licensed massage therapist Nancy Brewington leverages her knowledge as a registered nurse to tailor every massage to best alleviate each client's specific discomfort. Her services aren't merely clinical, however. Her study of alternative health practices support her belief that each person is composed of equal parts mind, body, and spirit. Therefore she augments her Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages with services such as chakra-opening healing touch and ends each massage by taking the time to share treatment advice, stretching exercises, and favorite massage-themed knock-knock jokes with her clients. As a partner of the Hands for Heroes program, she also volunteers her time to perform free bodywork for veterans and offers discounted massages to their spouses.
Dr. Tamyra Rogers could not have predicted how spending time on a Navajo reservation would shape her multifaceted approach to weight loss. After spending a year as chief resident at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Rogers directed the metabolic clinic at the Tuba City Indian Medical Center in Arizona. She helped build a wellness center for the Navajo Nation and chaired a program to fight the growing diabetes epidemic. During her time there, she gained an appreciation of the community's holistic health-care philosophy.
Today, Dr. Rogers combines her background in traditional Western medicine with weight-loss strategies that address each person as a whole rather than two children in disguise. Dr. Rogers's team of personal trainers and group fitness instructors complement her own fitness knowledge, which stems from playing college basketball.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Little girls swaddled in hot-pink bathrobes, their heads cradled by matching neck pillows, lay in repose, their faces coated in moisturizer and their eyes covered by cucumber slices. They're celebrating a birthday party in style from Love & Joy Parties and Event Planning, a mobile party service that coordinates pampered parties. Kids can get pedicures to prepare their feet for the flip-flops they'll decorate at the party or primp their skin with berry facials to look their best for a fashion show. Teens can celebrate sweet 16s or graduations with a candy bar and personalized water bottles, and moms-to-be can let Love & Joy handle the stress of matching tablecloths to the new baby's hair color.
As an education ambassador for CND, Salon Bellezza owner Ann knows way more than a thing or two about nails. In fact, when she is not painting tips in vibrant hues at her salon, she travels around Texas teaching other professionals about manicures and proper patty-cake moves. Her stylists tackle all the hair-related services, from simple cuts to total transformations with highlights or all-over color.