At His and Hers Elegant Edge Hair Salon, expertly trained hairdressers cut and style clients’ hair using Redken and Paul Mitchell products and make tresses soft and shiny with conditioning treatments. Other services include updos, waxing, gel nails, pedicures, and shellac manicures. This laid-back salon takes its energy from the bubbling sound of friendly stylist consultations and decor that includes brightly colored walls, pop-art prints of celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, and an in-house pup named Faye, who wanders around inspecting the latest hairstyles.
Licensed naturopathic physician Dr. Myriah Hinchey strives to restore vitality and promote longevity through a bevy of spa services and preventive medicines. The one-hour Swedish massage sees a licensed massage therapist mollycoddling sinews with deep, firm strokes designed to improve circulation and release pent-up tension. Toxins are lured out of lymph nodes and muscular lairs with nothing more than the therapist's dexterous digits and a candy bar dangling from a fishing line.
At Colchester Massage LLC, licensed massage therapists banish pesky pains with tension-relieving Swedish massages. Muscle kneaders begin each session by answering questions and uncovering any muscle woes caused by stress or challenging an octopus at Twister. Using the Swedish technique, the massage therapist then incorporates five different types of long, flowing strokes to soothe tense musculature and reduce stiffness. The treatment may be beneficial for those suffering from chronic back pain, arthritis, and achy fatigue caused by bending over backwards to please an upside-down boss. For a $15 fee, patrons can upgrade their sessions to deep-tissue or hot-stone, or for $5 add aromatherapy.
The professionals at Heads Up and Body Works beautify and pamper clients with salon and spa services ranging from haircuts to rose mud body wraps. And with spa packages such as All Dolled Up or the Dog House Special, they spend anywhere from two to four hours readying clients for special events or an evening of smiling gleefully at their reflection in the mirror.
Jeff Haskins understands stress. In addition to playing college football, he worked in a prosecutor's office, as a stockbroker, and as a stock market regulatory investigator before deciding to pursue a more tranquil path that allowed him to ease the stress in others. He established Relaxation Station Massage & Bodywork in 2006, where he continues to calm overly talkative nerves with an array of specialized massage modalities.
Since virtually every treatment is customized to his client's needs, Jeff begins each massage with a brief consultation to understand how they hope to feel by the end. Using this information, he targets knotted muscles with a combination of flowing strokes, rocking motions, and focused pressure intended to ease physical and mental tension. These techniques reinvigorate recipients by boosting circulation to the treated areas, increasing joint flexibility, and helping the body naturally heal any damaged tissue.
Licensed massage therapist Marsha Egerton, owner of The Oasis for Healing at The Center for Progressive Therapies, specializes in soothing muscle pain with Swedish, therapeutic, and aromatherapy massage. Inside her leaf-green and white massage room, Egerton fills the air with fragrances from scented candles and Young Living essential oils to further soothe her clients.