Valerie Williams began her career working in a doctor's office. She has always enjoyed helping her patients overcome health issues, but at Comfort at Fingertips, she trades prescriptions for the more natural benefits of touch therapy and manipulation. She treats patients with massage modalities such as lymphatic drainage, hot-stone therapy, and deep-tissue kneading, all of which work to dispel pain and persistent stress caused by retaking the SAT. Valerie also specializes in reflexology treatments, during which she manipulates nerves of the feet that correspond with systems throughout the body to combat stress, headaches, allergic reactions, and other ailments.
Though she found her work as a nurse fulfilling, Ruth Cassetta-Keefe wanted to do even more to help people live long and healthy lives. She found the answer to her wishes in massage therapy and took to the field with aplomb, quickly earning her license and achieving additional certifications in shiatsu and reiki therapies. The name of Ruth’s massage studio—Connections Massage—alludes to her ability to blend various modalities in each of her treatments. Though her custom massages capably address sources of stress and anxiety, her holistic approach centers on healing aches caused by poor posture, injuries, or carrying one’s boss around the office in a solid-gold sedan chair.
As the name implies, Beyond Basic Massage offers more than just typical, by-the-book massage treatments. Massage therapist Rory Adams strives to exceed even the highest of expectations while doling out full 60- and 90-minute massages. After clients slip into a relaxed state, Rory goes to work kneading and treating backs. His Swedish massage focuses on stress relief, and deep-tissue treatments zero in on hard-to-reach muscle aches. Rory is also proficient in sports massage, a technique that tackles stiff musculature, and injury massage for those who want to target painful muscle groups after recklessly attempting to put stockings on a horse.
Lisa Stock, who's been in the beauty industry for more than two decades, made her foray into the industry by attending beauty school at Pivot Point in Chicago. After graduation, she honed her skills at high-end salons and hair shows in several states before moving to Arizona. Today, Lisa molds manes alongside six other independent stylists at Hair Flair Tucson. The salon's waiting room welcomes incoming guests with complimentary coffee. Hot-pink-and-white walls support metal wainscoting and portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn—two famous actresses remembered for their great beauty and even greater bowling scores.
When a migraine threatened Kristina Olivarez's South American travels, a traditional medicine man in Belize relieved her pain, reaffirming Kristina’s belief in the power of massage. Although she received formal training in Portland and Tucson, Kristina has also practiced massage since childhood, using her intuition to scope out sore spots in her subjects' bodies. Today, Kristina sets out every morning looking to help bodies repair themselves through massage at Vital Touch. Inside the relaxing confines of Felicia's Salon, Kristina's long, slow strokes send the body into a state of relaxation previously unattainable without being hypnotized by a cheshire cat. During deep-tissue massage, her fingers delve deeper to extricate stiffness and soreness as she places hot stones strategically to dissolve lingering tension. Kristina uses only organic oils that avoid allergens, and treats each massage client to an invigorating scalp treatment.
Owner Marilynn Reis and her team of Aveda-trained stylists harness Aquage products and tone-perfecting Pravana ChromaSilk hair color to transform hairstyles. Clients nestle into leather chairs for consultations before enjoying cleansing and massage. Coloring services douse hair in solid or partial hues and can help customers beam like the sun rising over a field of slumbering chameleons. Off the salon floor, aestheticians and nail technicians dutifully perform spa services using top-notch products from GlyMed Plus and Bronze Biologic.