Ever since she can remember, Kathy Sisk was drawn to the healing arts. But it was the loss of both of her parents as a young adult that fast-tracked her desire to find ways to counterbalance stress. In 1992, she set out to turn her hands into therapeutic harbingers of physical and emotional relief so that she could help others learn to live healthier, more relaxed lives, and now, 20 years later, her resumé speaks to the success of her journey.
Harnessing her training in hot-stone and craniosacral therapy, as well as her status as a reiki master, Kathy has brought relief to clients suffering from Bell's palsy, ADHD, and emotional stress by augmenting massage with breath work in order to bring the nervous system to a calmer state. Driven to constantly expand her toolbox with different modes of healing, she recently added exotic bamboo-fusion massage to her repertoire, a modality that helps energize the mind while soothing the body, and makes massage more accessible to stressed pandas.
Owner Angie Briggs may be a native to Louisville, but her products come from some of the world’s most trusted producers. In that vein, the aesthetician of more than 16 years not only shares her passion and knowledge for skincare, she also aims to “expose [her] customers to the most innovative skin care lines in the spa industry.” She does this during facial treatments that hydrate and lift and during detoxifying body wraps that restore elasticity and quell off-season yearnings to wrap Christmas presents. Her innovative treatments include ultrasonic peeling and microcurrent treatments and brightening services that use crushed pearl powder to delay the aging process. She is also able to calm and refine skin through various masks including a hydrating oxygen mask, a lifting bi-phasic mask, and a nourishing vitamin-C mask with aloe and calming licorice extract.
The Executive Retreat's massage therapists work to lower clients’ blood pressure and increase their flexibility during customized 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages. The six massage styles range from the mild, muscle-loosening pressure of Swedish massage to the deeper, faster kneads and stretches of sports massage. Twenty-minute foot scrubs and massages pamper the lower appendages, whereas aromatherapy in a customized blend of essential oils adds a sweet note to any session. Along with in-studio appointments, The Executive Retreat’s team can perform chair-massage services at special events and offices, where massage reduces stress more effectively than tearing the water cooler open with your bare hands.
For 23 years, Carol Overton has funneled her passion for learning and healing into massage therapy. Having worked with doctors and day spas in the past, she picked out holistic massage styles that fit her personality and founded Massageologist to help others. A lifelong learner, Carol regularly adds new styles of massage to her services, giving patrons new choices for relaxation and pain reduction. Drawing from a menu of body services, facials, and massages, Carol can conduct Thai massages, sacred Lomi Lomi massages, face-lift massages, and body polishes. Her techniques incorporate Eastern techniques such as using fluid, unpredictable motions, body positioning, and shouting ?RELAX!? into a pillow.
At Eden Therapeutic Solutions, staffers specialize in massage therapy, highly individualized skincare treatments, and professional waxing services. Massage therapists soothe weary muscles with several modalities, ranging from relaxing aromatherapy sessions with fragrant essential oils to prescribed medical massages that counteract the pain and inflammation of an injury.
Skincare experts combat specific issues such as acne or signs of aging with more than a dozen facials and procedures that use custom-blended organic botanicals and other ingredients found in Bioelements formulas. They can slough away dulling cells and address fine lines with a pumice-peel manual microdermabrasion or soothe the effects of ingrown hairs or a pre-duel glove to the cheek with a gentleman's facial.
Pretty pampering pros at Knockouts Haircuts for Men, which is now under new ownership, spruce up scalps and cosset weary bodies in a sports-theme men?s salon that has been featured on the Today show and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch on CNBC. As guests sip ice-cold beers or other beverages and watch a game on flat-screen TVs, stylists sculpt sleek, fashionable looks with the salon?s signature six-step Heavyweight haircut. While the stylists shampoo hair or untie chin-strap beards, aestheticians wax backs and chests or refurbish rugged skin with facials and hand treatments. Stationed in private treatment rooms, the salon?s massage therapists promote further relaxation with modalities designed to melt residual tension from gentlemanly handshaking contests.