As licensed massage therapists and veterans of the U.S. military, Kris Lane and Colleen Hall decided to open a massage business that would have a positive impact on their community. Lane's massage-therapy journey began after leaving the Air Force, earning her massage-therapy diploma, and performing an internship with ob-gyn doctors in which she served women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. She also became certified as an equine sports massage therapist, which inspired her to relocate from Omaha to Louisville. Not long after moving to Kentucky, Lane was in a major car accident that led to reconstructive surgeries, a barrage of physical therapy, and three years of being unable to work. Though the accident left her with permanent nerve damage that threatened to end her career, Lane refused to let pain and numbness steal her opportunity to help others. She has worked with dancers from the Louisville ballet, Broadway performers, and athletes and uses her training and personal experiences to address discomfort caused by acute injury or sleepwalking in pointe shoes.
Lane currently passes on her knowledge as an instructor at Daymar College, where Colleen Hall—A+ Massage Pros co-owner, fellow massage therapist, and veteran of the Kentucky Air National Guard—completed her training. Lane and Hall go above and beyond alleviating physical pain with therapeutic massages. They created a Pay It Forward Program that not only helps local veterans, but also allows patrons to provide for someone in need. The caring duo reduces a participant's regular massage rate by $10 and reserves it for active-duty military personnel, disabled veterans, or any veteran who requires medical massage therapy but cannot afford treatment.
Slim silhouettes are a common sight against City Chic’s contemporary black and white decor, thanks to a team of technicians who aid in weight loss with Medi-Lift contouring treatments and body wraps. Among the studio’s most popular options, CelluSleek treatments invented by Elizabeth Harris for cellulite and loose skin, which massage the body or face, harness the various powers of cupping, vibration, and deep-tissue therapy to encourage collagen and elastin production, thereby helping to firm and smooth out the skin.
When it isn't shrinking waistlines, City Chic’s team promotes youthful appearances with nine facials—each of which relies on Alleia Skin by Elizabeth Harris products blended from botanical extracts and Italian mineral water—and five types of therapeutic massage. Airbrush tans mist skin with a safe, sunless solution that bronzes without the risks of sitting in the sun or lowering oneself in a deep fryer.
When Align Total Wellness opened in 2013, it marked the final revolution in owner Tronda Graham's career. Graham, who had always wanted to be a massage therapist but worked in finance—which has a strict no-massaging-other-people policy—decided to enroll in massage-therapy classes at Southwestern College in 2008. There, she developed a passion for oncology massage therapy. That passion continues today at her massage studio, where she specializes in bodywork and wellness services for women who have undergone or are currently undergoing cancer treatments. Her menu of services also includes restorative hand and foot treatments; cleansing back scrubs; and invigorating treatments for the face and scalp.
The Executive Retreat's massage therapists work to lower clients’ blood pressure and increase their flexibility during customized 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages. The six massage styles range from the mild, muscle-loosening pressure of Swedish massage to the deeper, faster kneads and stretches of sports massage. Twenty-minute foot scrubs and massages pamper the lower appendages, whereas aromatherapy in a customized blend of essential oils adds a sweet note to any session. Along with in-studio appointments, The Executive Retreat’s team can perform chair-massage services at special events and offices, where massage reduces stress more effectively than tearing the water cooler open with your bare hands.
The licensed massage therapists at Light Hands Therapeutic Massage East focus on medical massages to help prevent injury and foster the muscular foundation for healthier, more pliable backs. The staff's gliding effleurage and smooth strokes supplement traditional medical treatments to flush the bloodstream and muscles of toxins, tension, and miniaturized submarines manned by overly ambitious research scientists. Therapists analyze clients' everyday habits for signs of trending problems and then proceed to address individual areas of tension to boost spirits and overall range of motion.
At Everlasting Beauty Med Spa, skilled aestheticians wield Theraderm, Dermalogica, and BareMinerals products to refine pores, firm up skin, and help enhance beauty. In addition to five kinds of massage, they also perform FDA-approved VelaShape body-contouring treatments, which target cellulite with noninvasive infrared-light energy. VelaShape is said to diminish waistlines and slim thighs without the aid of a concave mirror.