Esprés Nails and Spa’s massage therapists melt away tension using Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, prenatal, shiatsu, foot-massage or reiki techniques. Spagoers who choose the first option feel smooth, flowing strokes sweep over tense feet, relaxing tendons drawn taut after too many games of beach racquetball. 20-minute detoxifying ionic foot baths then soothe feet when negative ions dive into warm water and lie in wait under the waves to drag toxins out of toes.
After graduating from college, Nicole Warner was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic pain and fatigue. Regular massages helped keep her aches at bay, and she was so impressed with the benefits of massage therapy that she went back to school to become a certified therapist. Nicole now helps others find relief from pain using such techniques as trigger-point therapy, myofascial-release therapy, and the gentle strokes of a relaxation massage. She even incorporates heated stones and retired hot potatoes to help further relax muscles. And during reflexology treatments she concentrates solely on the feet in order to stimulate different systems of the body.
Paula K. Sampson knows a thing or two about physical pain. After all, she has spent the past 30 years finding new ways to relieve it. A nationally certified therapist, Sampson has a full arsenal of massage techniques designed to ease stress and tension. One of her specialties is Doctor Vodder's manual lymph-drainage massage, which drains excess fluid from tissue to help detoxify the body. To stay at the forefront of her profession and brush up on developments in the quadratic formula, Sampson attends at least two educational seminars per year.
The stylists and technicians at Bombshell Salon & Spa believe that every person deserves to feel beautiful, and so they offer personalized services for hair, skin, and nails that use advanced salon formulas. Each hairstyle that the stylists create is approached as a custom work of art, enhanced by high-quality hair products. The salon favors Redken Chromatics hair color, with an ammonia-free formula that proves gentler than traditional color. While clients are being pampered, music swirls through the main rooms of the upbeat salon, and private treatment rooms provide seclusion for facial waxing. Romantic crystal fixtures send prisms of light across blue and violet walls, accented by inspirational messages such as "You look gorgeous" and "Your SAT score does not define you."
Licensed massage therapist Kevin Moore is skilled in the art of relaxation. At Total Body Massage, his soothing and private studio, he helps melt tight muscles and relieve chronic pain with deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone massages, which he customizes to each client. Clients can come in for a couples massage lesson or ease stress with a massage for headaches or feet. In addition, if massage recipients can't make it to the studio, Kevin is happy to come to their location.
Some spas can overwhelm their clients with massive lists of services, but massage therapist Michelle Beery takes a different approach at Divine Sensation Massage Studio. She has committed her practice to perfecting the art of kneading out aches and stiffness with hot-stone massages. The heated, contoured rocks relax muscles buried deep in the body and calm down recently thawed cavemen longing for the stony touch of their home time.