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Keeping clients and technicians safe and healthy is paramount at Taylor's Simply Natural Nail Spa. That's why owner Taylor Manuel only uses five-free polish from OPI?which are devoid of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and dibutyl phthalate?and natural products from Bella Lucce. And to keep feet free of infections, Taylor and her technicians line the non-jetted pedicure tubs with disposable liners.

But natural products don't mean the mani-pedis lack luxuriousness. Nails can be adorned with gel polish, which can last up to four weeks, or Vinylux polish, which lasts up to two weeks and gets stronger under natural light. During these decadent treatments, clients can use the salon's free WiFi to look up the proper way to open a can or scratch a turtle's back without chipping a nail.

4300 Pouncey Tract, Suite H4
Glen Allen,
Virginia
US

The licensed technicians and aestheticians at Indulgence Salon and Boutique are ready to pamper guests from head to toe. Hair stylists enhance their cuts and colors with CHI and Redken products, nail technicians are fully stocked with OPI and CND products, and massage therapists melt away tension using Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology techniques. Meanwhile, aestheticians amp up facials and microdermabrasion treatments with their exclusive line of Van Lou products or bask in their luxurious tanning rooms featuring many special amenities for their clients. After an indulging day of salon services, guest may browse their boutique’s shelves displaying handmade jewelry, handbags, and customized clogs and other whimsical footwear such as Switch Flops or a Tervis Tumbler.

211 England St
Ashland,
VA
US

Sabine Sanderson gained experience as a nail technician on two continents: North America and Europe. After about a decade working as a medical pedicurist in Germany—where she participated in many nail-art shows—she has spent more than a decade working in the U.S. Here, Sabine is both a nail technician and an educator. She runs Nailqueen Sabine within Cut Ups and Company. Her services are fit for a queen, as with the aptly named Queens manicures and pedicures that incorporate sugar scrubs, nail trimming, and polish applications.

9215 Midlothian Turnpike
North Cesterfield,
VA
US

At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.

Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.

8413 Patterson Ave
Richmond,
VA
US

Deep-Tissue Massage: Like Untying Knots Buried in the Sand

Not simply focused on relaxation, deep-tissue massage seeks to relieve muscle pain through intense, deliberate strokes. Check out our guide to know what to expect.

Some entanglements have simple solutions: a wrinkled tablecloth can be smoothed out in minutes with an iron, and an unruly mess of hair needs only a tube of superglue to be set straight forever. But when the fascia?the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body?s muscles and bones?gets tied up in knots, it?s time to call in an expert.

?What deep-tissue massage purports to do a lot of the time is mild fascial release, which is kind of warming up the fascia and releasing lactic acid and any other toxins that have built up there,? says Katie O?Reilly, associate editor for DaySpa magazine. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers and relieve pain and tension. More intense than Swedish massage, deep-tissue sessions can last up to 90 minutes, ensuring the therapist has enough time to devote to particularly troublesome trigger points.

Conventional wisdom states that a proper deep-tissue massage should be at least a little painful. This ?no pain, no gain? mentality, however, doesn't totally apply?a massage, no matter how intense, should still be relaxing, and O'Reilly notes, "If you?re getting beat up during the massage, you should probably tell the therapist to rein it in a little bit." Maintaining an open line of communication with your therapist is important for other reasons as well. He or she needs to know about your health history before administering the treatment, as the intensity of deep-tissue strokes may exacerbate certain medical conditions.

601 E. Southside Plaza
Richmond,
VA
US

Each session at Hands on Massage Therapies incorporates several types of massage to suit each client?s individual needs. Therapists blend services ranging from sports and pregnancy massage to trigger-point therapy and wax treatments, which encase the hand in a thin layer of paraffin to sooth the skin and protect the fingers as they juggle fireballs.

6366 Mechanicsville Tpke
Mechanicsville,
VA
US