Head & Sole revitalizes the entire body, top to bottom, through services ranging from microdermabrasion facials to foot massages. Within a relaxing environment, aestheticians treat skin ailments such as wrinkles, acne, or rosacea, though the spa's specialty lies in treating our first point of contact to the earth—the feet. During reflexology treatments, massage therapists help ease tension in the body by focusing on specific points on the soles that correspond with specific organs, tissue, and body parts. Other times, they simply focus on reducing pain and tension in the foot itself, such as when athletes strain their heels after running a marathon or standing on a bed of coals.
A license in cosmetology isn't enough for a stylist to hit the floor at T'nT Concept Salon—they also have to go through the salon's own training program. After that, they have all of the skills necessary to perform the services on the salon's menu, which include haircuts, conditioning treatments, beard trims, extensions, updos, permanent waves, and smoothing keratin treatments. The salon also houses a color bar, where the staff mixes hues for highlights and all-over color treatments and where many Crayola crayons mistakenly go for a drink.
Over the last 10 years, Skin Essentials Med Spa & Hair Salon owner Kelly Davis has prettified more than 1,000 faces with the SofTap permanent-makeup technique. She sidesteps the racket and pain of traditional tattoo-machine methods to gently apply the pigment with a hand tool, giving her absolute control to craft a subtle lip shape or a seductively arched brow. Guests can find similar attention to detail in the spa's repertoire of other beautifying services, from simple mani-pedis to advanced exfoliation peels that obscure signs of aging. Injections of Botox or Restylane keep skin surfaces as smooth as a pancake, and full-body scrubs and masks treat the whole physique to ensure that even your Achilles' heel embodies a beauty that belies its vulnerability.
Aches and pains evaporate as the hands of licensed massage therapist LeAnn McDonald sweep over muscles for Swedish or firm-pressure massages. While noses drink in aromatherapy through their nostril-mouths, LeAnn's targeted kneading unravels the knots in torsos that form when the topsail attached to the spine gets tangled in the rigging near the ribs. Clients may also request LeAnne's mobile spray-tanning services for off-site bronzing.
Spa owner, aesthetician, and massage therapist Karen Randon strives to restore her clients’ natural radiance with a combination of relaxing and cosmetic treatments developed throughout her more than decadelong career. The spa's massage selection includes gentle Swedish sessions, pain-relieving deep tissue therapy, and hot-stone treatments, which ease aching backs by channeling their past lives as lava. Aloe-herbal body wraps coax bodily toxins out of their pores, leaving patrons with a feeling of well-being, and LED teeth-whitening treatments use bleaching gels and light energy to transform pearly-white smiles into alabaster grins.
The five licensed massage therapists at Portal Bodyworks include a certified personal trainer, a Zumba instructor, a qi-gong specialist, a newspaper health-section editor, and an Ayurvedic practitioner. Members of the well-rounded team each bring their own flourishes to the massage table, where custom treatments begin with a predetermined modality—Swedish, pregnancy are adapted to best relieve a client's discomfort or tension. Aside from private-room table massages, Portal Bodyworks also offers walk-in chair massages in 15-minute increments, allowing clients to slip beneath a pair of soothing hands during lunch or while they are waiting for their drummer to finish a solo.