Guests visit A Salon and Spa to be pampered from the inside out. Massage therapists relieve stress and tension as aestheticians use facials to reveal glowing complexions. Nail and waxing services free cuticles of outdated mustaches, and a diverse haircare menu includes treatments such as cutting and assembling updos, texturizing strands, highlights, lowlights, and deep conditioning that leaves locks smooth.
It’s rare for licensed massage therapist Benjamin Anderson to come across a muscular knot he can’t untangle. Using his nimble fingers to roll, knead, and glide across the shoulders and back, Anderson tends to knotted tissues during massages that may also incorporate heated stones to promote circulation and enhance relaxation. His more intensive jobs might include deep pressures and manipulations that target injuries from playing sports or tossing referees across the field when they make the wrong call. When Western modalities prove insufficient, he calls upon Japanese reiki to balance the body’s energies and promote a sense of spiritual wellness.
During the years that Lara Chilton worked for an insurance corporation, she experienced firsthand the havoc that stress wreaks on the body. The health challenges that she faced are what initially led her to research alternative ways to stay fit. Now a full-time wellness practitioner, Lara treats others with the same alternative therapies through which she found balance. Among her specialties are massage therapy and reflexology, during which she stimulates points on the hands and feet to control systems throughout the body. Raindrop massage therapy employs essential oils that are known to strengthen the immune system. Lara's focus turns to energy during reiki treatments, which, like removing mimes pretending to be surgeons, can promote relaxation and relief from emotional pain.
When massage therapist with more than 30 years of experience Lolita Knight traveled to Fiji looking to soak up the sun and native culture, she wasn’t expecting to discover what would become the signature tool in her therapeutic arsenal. While living in a remote village on one of the nation’s smaller islands, however, Lolita had the good fortune of running into Simonis, a village doctor who had been healing sore muscles since the age of 7. A consummate giver, Simonis happily instructed Lolita in the methods that had been handed down to him across generations—methods that center on the feet and were unlike anything she had seen in her career.
Though her journey as a therapist has taken her to locales as far-flung as New Zealand, Lolita now devotes herself to the art of Fijian massage within the relaxing, tropical-themed confines of Islands Massage, which she founded in 2007. Fijian sarongs hanging from the walls and seashells scattered about evoke a distinctive island vibe as eclectic music wafts through the air. The soundtrack ranges "from Led Zeppelin to ocean sounds," says Lolita, who can find a kernel of relaxation in almost anything.
Aside from her specialty Fijian massage, in which she uses the pads of her feet and gravity to drive out tension, Lolita and her staff perform traditional table massages and healing sessions that utilize touch, such as Chinese acupressure facials and Indian head massage. To aid in relaxation, the therapists sometimes employ island-themed tools such as aqua heating pads or hurl coconuts at backs to break up clumps of tension.
A Natural Way to Recovery's owner, Lori Holbrook, works diligently alongside fellow massage therapist Karen Mullins to ease pain, tension, and discomfort from the muscles and joints of their clients. In addition to Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, and sports massage, the duo offer specialized services such as prenatal massage, raindrop therapy, and myoskeletal alignment therapy, which treats chronic pain.
Licensed aesthetician Rachel Cusack has been pampering complexions for more than 17 years. Her healing facials and masks blend antioxidants with extracts of pumpkin and pomegranate to reduce the signs of aging and rehab dry skin. Rachel can also foster emotional wellness with custom bodywork, soothing aromatherapy, or by helping remove your hand from an incriminating cookie jar.
While working as a nurse, Barb Kelley hurt her back. A doctor suggested that she seek treatment from a massage and acupressure therapist, and her subsequent introduction to holistic therapy changed her life. Inspired by her own healing experience, Barb earned her license in massage therapy and soon opened Barb’s Relaxation Massage in a corner of her friend’s spa.
More than a decade after receiving her license, Barb has filled out her repertoire with modalities that include hot-stone therapy, deep-tissue massage, and Swedish massage. She supplements her massages with lessons about human anatomy, often referencing the posters of lymphatic and muscular systems that line the walls of her treatment room. Barb’s knowledge isn’t limited to humans, though. She also earned a certification in pet massage to help her 14-year-old arthritic dog, who grew so enamored with her techniques that he learned to walk toward her backwards in anticipation.