A graduate of Aveda Institute, a licensed massage therapist, and a stylist/aesthetician who’s done work for a fashion magazine, films, and fashion shows constitute the skilled team at Envy Salon & Spa. With their impressive experience guiding them, they go out of their way to make their customers feel comfortable while augmenting the natural splendor of their hair, skin, and eyelashes. Their diverse slate of services covers all aspects of salon and spa work; they give men and women modern hairdos, fight stress with massages, and wax out unwanted hairs from the body or excess shag from rugs. To accomplish these various prettifying tasks, the team employs products such as Redken, Pureology, and Pink Up by Kaaral.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Couture go above and beyond when performing Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. They customize each session to their clients? desires, including extra pillows, hot towels, music.
In honor of Women?s History Month, Groupon is celebrating an inspiring group of women: business leaders whose companies and brands enrich their communities. Thanks to the dedication and ingenuity of these leaders, local communities across the country are stronger and more diverse.
Shop the Women in Business collection.
In the flickering light of pillar candles, Gifted Hands Massage Therapy's Chris Thorpe reveals his specialty in health through relaxation. Thorpe trained in 12 modalities that include medical and infant massage, which enables him to deftly respond to stress trauma from chronic anxiety or the shock of causing a Hot Wheels car accident. Through the studio's décor he has distilled the serene balance of Japanese design. On the far wall of one of two private chambers, a tall wooden console exhibits a paper lantern, a flowering orchid, and a stone Buddha statue among a collection of simple artistic objects, all quietly inviting patrons to enjoy peaceful contemplation.
Ornate chandeliers illuminate an explosion of color inside Henri Girl Boutique, a fashion-forward boutique dotted with modern wares from an array of well-priced designers. Within the airy boutique, a prismatic display of this season's holiday dresses, patterned sweaters, and assorted jewels hang on mannequins who tote leather clutches filled with plastic packs of gum. The boutique also houses a variety of boots, light-weight knit tops, and jeans of every color. Stylish sales associates weave past these fashionable figures to help customers pick out a look, and fuchsia-colored benches cushion backsides as shoppers try on gold-hued flats or peep toe wedges.
Before Thomasena Keith uncovered her passion for massage therapy, she was a secondary schoolteacher struggling to help teenage mothers balance education and motherhood. In 1984, she made a life-changing discovery at a yoga class, where she met a licensed massage therapist who specialized in infant massage. Thomasena asked her to teach some techniques to her students and eventually incorporated infant massage into her curriculum. Not satisfied to stand on the sidelines of this field, she enrolled in a training class taught by Vimala McClure—one of the first therapists to introduce infant massage—and went on to earn full certification from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville.
Ten years later, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Thomasena to the Florida Board of Massage for two terms. In addition to facilitating numerous presentations and workshops, she has also worked with Al Drake, a licensed massage therapist who came to Tallahassee in 1946 to knead Governor Fuller Warren's venerable muscles. Today, Thomasena is retired from teaching after 30 years of dedicated service, though she's filled the gap by becoming the first massage instructor at the Lively Technical Center. When she isn't instructing her students or teaching couples-massage classes, she cossets her clients with reflexology, hot-stone, and Hawaiian therapeutic massage techniques.
Shea Atkin knew from a very early age that she had a soothing touch. After high school, she followed a common path to college but soon realized that she wanted to develop her gift. So she immersed herself in the art of massage at Core Institute School of Massage Therapy & Structural Bodywork, where her partner in healing, Matthew Hourigan, also developed his talent for allaying pain and stress. The two have each been practicing massage for more than a decade now, and Hourigan’s stints at chiropractic clinics have buttressed his therapeutic techniques. Today, the pair works together, presiding over Somatic Massage's white-shuttered brick home, where a private room sets the stage for relaxation. Using intense pressure akin to deep-tissue massage, coupled with tension-soothing effleurage strokes, they ease the back pain that results from long office days and long tumbles down the stairs while trying to impersonate a slinky.