At the age of 17, Aleshia Wilson suffered severe injuries in a car crash. She followed doctor's orders, but never shook the pain until she was 20 and had her first professional massage. Aleshia instantly realized how much more effective the therapist’s kneads were than the treatments she had previously tried and decided to earn her own degree in massage therapy at Georgia Medical Institute.
Now, she brings clients the same relief at Hopeful Heart Therapeutic Massage. Myofascial release is her specialty; during sessions, she applies pressure to stretch out compressed muscles, soothing pain and tension all over the body. Swedish massages sooth mental stress from long hours of work or grueling games of Battleship, and pampering details such as aromatherapy and heated foot-booties complete the spa experience.
When it comes to elongating ‘dos with extensions, the styling team at Michel's Salon & Day Spa know that there are no substitutes for real hair. That’s why they use Great Lengths extensions, all of which are made entirely from human hair, and result in cascading tresses. But extensions only skim the surface of the salon’s hair care, which range from brightening strands with single-process color to smoothing locks with formaldehyde-free keratin treatments.
And hair care, in turn, only skims the surface of services Michel Njem and his team of expert aestheticians have offered since 1998. Heated basalt stones help soothe achy muscles during massages, while marine botanical masques enrich skin during seaweed facials, a more accessible option than finding a mermaid to nuzzle. Michel’s even piles pampering upon pampering by concluding relaxing pedicures with a dip in the private pedicure room’s Jacuzzi foot bath.
BLC Massage’s team of licensed massage therapists draws on massage techniques from around the world to knead muscles into blissful repose. Especially apropos for athletes or intensely stressed physiques, deep-tissue massage targets aches and pains with slow strokes, loosening fascia for deeper relief more effectively than allowing a troupe of girl scouts to tap dance along your spine. Gentler Swedish massage helps improve circulation in superficial tissue, and Thai techniques, stationed on a mat instead of a table, combine the centering properties of yogic exercises with calming massage. Therapists place heated rocks along strategic locations of the body during the hot-stone massage, constructing a miniature Stonehenge to slough off stress and becalm frazzled nerves.
From acupressure and Thai massages to Chinese smoke therapy, the staff at Jun's Health & Day Spa makes sure each client leaves feeling renewed and energized. Massage therapy includes everything from Swedish and deep-tissue modalities to traditional Chinese massage. The staff also refreshes guests with beautifying body wraps and skincare services.
Some people come back from Europe with a passport full of stamps and the autographs of world leaders. During her frequent trips, owner of Mandana Salon, Mandana Zeimaran, brings back a repertoire full of international hair, skin, and makeup techniques. Since the ‘90s, she’s pulled pages from that extensive international playbook of styling secrets to beautify her clients, offering creative hair designs and makeup applications, threading and waxing, and lash or brow tints. She also enlists the help of top-shelf products, including Moroccanoil and Pureology.
The team at Medprime Clinic has an eclectic set of skills. The health experts are not only able to speak languages from English and Spanish to Russian and Chinese, but also to tend to physiques with an equally diverse set of Western and alternative remedies. With physical therapy, spine rehab, and massage, they attack aches whose sources range from stress to recent car accidents. With acupuncture and oriental medicine, Dr. Yan utilizes 15-plus years of experience with ultrafine needles to catalyze the body’s self-healing processes. To prevent ailments in their early stages, the team can also screen physiques with x-rays, range of motion testing, and food-sensitivity testing.