Intermission Massage's experienced therapist, Phillip, focuses attention on clients’ neuromuscular pathways to untangle knotted tissues and restore normal functioning to maladjusted muscles. Phillip takes a more treatment-oriented approach to massage therapy, seeking out subversive sinews and delivering trigger-point tae kwon do with precise pressure and dexterous digits. As his fingers deeply delve into knotty nodes and twitchy tissue, he weaves calming lullabies with soothing strokes to melt tension and relieve chronic pain. Over the course of 60 minutes, tidal waves of relaxation buffet bodies' stressors, eroding them away to restore appendages' range of motion, formerly restrained by overtightened tendons.
The team at Pure Wax & Tan has unlocked the secret to beauty: luxurious treatments that make clients feel good about themselves. The certified-and-licensed waxing professionals pursue their confidence-boosting mission by smoothing down hirsute bodies with waxing for a range of areas, including facial waxing, body waxing, bikini waxing, and Brazilians. They also bronze curves with two forms of tanning, neither of which involve lying under the sun or yelling at the moon until daylight arrives. The tanning staff applies custom-formulated airbrush spray tans by hand, or clients can recline in the spa’s Ultimate Envy Collection tanning beds. The beds are engineered with e3 technology and eco-friendly bulbs to infuse bodies with a deep, rich glow.
Gleaning her baking skills from her mother and grandmother, Gigi's Cupcakes' eponymous owner opened her first cupcake hub in 2008, drawing upon her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for crafting beautifully topped cupcakes. The franchised cupcakery now has 50 locations, each of which churns out 12 daily-rotating flavors that are made fresh every morning. The shop's selection of more than 40 flavors includes Canadian Maple, Southern Comfort, and Champagne—a bubbly-flavored base topped with an edible pearl. Patrons can pick out sweet treats from the daily selection or preorder them at least one day in advance online, by phone, or via singing telegram.
Licensed massage therapist Amanda Peoples draws on more than nine years of experience in the medical field to help clients escape tension, chronic pain, and joint immobility with a collection of massage modalities. In her studio, she calls on techniques from nine different massage styles that include trigger-point therapy, shiatsu, prenatal, and sports massage. Her gentle kneads and gliding strokes may help increase blood flow, and reduce stiffness, pain, and tension. After a massage, clients may be able to fight off germs with a stimulated immune system, and more flexible joints allow them to comply with the court-ordered “kick me” signs on their backs.
A nationally certified massage therapist, Tim Landingham specializes in myofascial release, a form of soft-tissue therapy. Fascia is a tissue that connects the body's muscles, organs, and skeletal structures. When stressed, the fascia forfeits its flexibility and the ability to rubberneck fender-benders between two clown cars, and it leaves tension and pain in the muscles. Myofascial-release therapy incorporates gentle kneads and facilitated stretches, which relax the body and release that built-up tension. Since the fascia is interconnected, this release has a healing effect throughout the entire body and helps to improve range of motion.
Whenever friends or family members had a sore neck or achy back, Mary Elizabeth Parkhill’s healing hands took action. She administered whatever was needed, whether that entailed gentle, flowing strokes across the shoulders or deep pressure on the back. Eventually, she followed the advice of loved ones and turned her passion into a career. Now a licensed massage therapist, she calms hordes of muscles during Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages. She can add aromatherapy and reflexology to any massage for a small charge.