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.
Asphalt Jungle, 3-Car Collision, and Wrecking Ball. Those words may seem more familiar to a construction site, but they're actually some of the eclectic names that Studio S Salon gives to its selection of hair, skin, and makeup services. Their unusual naming conventions aren't the only way that Sierra and her staff stand apart from cookie-cutter haircut salons?their stylists' diverse backgrounds help them create one-of-a-kind styles for clients. Whether a head needs a classic bob, highlighted bangs, or hair extensions made of thin, delicious noodles, one of the stylists at Studio S can handle it.
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.
The personality of each barber and hairstylist at imagine. A Barbershop and Hair Studio certainly shines through during each hair treatment. They showcase their artistic styles while striking a balance between modern and old-fashioned; though they stress creativity and cutting edge artistry, their service menu takes its cue from barbershops of old.
The space was founded to counter what the owners saw as 'cookie cutter' salons that lacked personality of their own. Gentlemen enjoy classic haircuts, beard design, and hot towel shaves. For women, they offer cutting and styling, along with color treatments, relaxers, weaving, and braiding. Other services, such as lash and brow tinting, are administered with the same zest and creativity as the rest. Massage therapy and children's hair services are also on the docket.