Inside InEssence Salon & Spa, guests are welcomed by a comforting cup of herbal tea in the hopes that it will help spirit them away from the stresses they left outside. Once the refreshments have had time to take effect, willing bodies are led to the massage table, where therapists ease out remaining aches and pains with techniques such as hot-stone or trigger-point therapy, or to the styling chair, where split ends are swiftly shed to gift shoulders a newfound lightness of being. Facials address every type of skin—from sensitive and dry to mature and pie-covered⎯while mani-pedis keep appendages looking fresh with essential oils, custom-blended scrubs, and anti-aging ingredients.
A nationally certified massage therapist, LaVonne Ayoub tackles and subdues everyday aches with warm, flowing fingers. At Hands of Mercy Massage, LaVonne checks in with clients before each session to see where they're at physically as well as the style of depth of pressure they'd prefer. LaVonne creates a safe and calm space for patients while using sessions to help reduce stress and increase personal awareness within her clients.
As a child, Mary Ann Barefield watched her mother apply moisturizers and nourishing compounds during daily skincare routines. She quickly realized that these rituals not only enhanced her mother's self-esteem, but also the overall health of her skin. Inspired by this and her mother's graceful aging over the years, she opened bareSkin Esthetics. Today, Mary Ann and her staff offer services such as LED light therapy that saturates skin at a cellular level to provide a smoother, healthier complexion. Aside from nourishing facials and waxing services, staff members also use crystal-free, ultrasonic microdermabrasion wands to exfoliate the outermost layer of epidermis with ultrasonic vibrations. This, like most of their treatments, is a gentle procedure that aims to diminish blemishes while fighting the effects of aging more efficiently than turning one’s corner office into a giant ball pit.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.
Jennifer Stephens massages muscles and pampers skin with homemade products blended from fresh produce, local honey, and therapeutic clays. The products she uses are important to her, because her goal is to help clients escape from stress without having to rely on drugs or create their own sprawling fantasy universe. She is trained in an array of bodywork modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology.
Jesse and Meli Brock are the husband-and-wife duo behind Healing Hands Massage & Bodywork. With more than eight different approaches, these licensed massage therapists target muscular ailments that can cause postural imbalances and pain. Their modalities range from relaxing Swedish massages to trigger-point myofascial-release therapies. Their acupressure and reflexology techniques draw on ancient healing practices, and their chair massages grant hard-working office chairs much-needed breaks.