Danielle Rivera, owner of Tru Massage Therapy, did not set out to become a massage therapist. "I like helping people," she says, and she did so for many years as a CNA in nursing homes. When she began to transition to a medical-assistant program, Rivera discovered her passion for massage. She got her massage license in 2008 and never looked back. Now, Rivera and a team of therapists provide 10 massage modalities and myriad spa services.
In addition to botanical body wraps and waxing services, Rivera's talent for clinical massage has improved her patients' lives and her ability to open industrial-size jars of pickles. "I had a client that could only lift his arm 90 degrees, and after working on him. . . he could go up to 160 degrees." She has also provided relief for migraine sufferers. Clients who "were taking prescription pain meds. . . were able to cut down their prescriptions significantly" or repurpose them altogether into beaded necklaces.
The stylists at Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa have beautified Cincinnati-area clients for the past 30 years. During that time, the staff has grown to more than 400 employees across five locations. They've also garnered several press mentions, including their most recent victory in The Knot's Best of Weddings 2013. These accolades are all possible because of the meticulous care that the salon pours into both its posh ambiance and soothing treatments. Stylists perfect 'dos with haircuts and smoothing keratin treatments, and aestheticians perform antioxidant facials, which make the skin more resilient against hazards such as environmental damage and cheek-pinching aunts.
Since originally opening in 2005 as Angi's, Artist Hair Studio has put together a team of stylists with national and international experience. Clients—women, men, and children alike—schedule appointments or walk in for haircare services including haircuts, beard trims, and double-process color treatments. The studio's staff can also pamper guests with relaxing spa services, remove unwanted hair with wax, and apply permanent makeup to define facial features or conceal third nostrils. Artist Hair Studio carries an assortment of products from brands including Redken, Pureology, and S Factor.
The dedicated cosmetologists at Absolute Bliss help clients choose from a full spa menu of skin, hair, and nail treatments to transform tired exteriors into vibrant veneers. Like fashion-forward math teachers, stylists snip tresses to geometrical perfection, relax unruly curls, or apply artful streaks of flattering color. Formaldehyde-free Shellac layers onto nails by the hand of a talented manicurist for a high-gloss sheen that can endure without chipping for 14 days. The salon also deforests epidermises with sugaring treatments, and improves visages with facials, microdermabrasion, and airbrush spray tanning.
At Complete Nutrition, certified personal trainers, strength coaches, and other fitness professionals steer customers toward leaner pastures with proper supplements and vitamins such as Rebuild, CTS360, and Complete Woman. Rather than simply handing off bottles of pills, staff members help customers understand what makes a regimen effective as well as what types of meals and supplements pair well with their plan. Complete Nutrition also works with health-care providers, nutritionists, and chemists to develop its own exclusive line of formulas and supplements.
Nails are Sheila Amrhien's canvases. She specializes in intricate nail-art creations and hypoallergenic gel nail enhancements, as well as shellac. With Brisa Lite removable gel she can add length, strength, and color to nails for up to three weeks without filing or damaging the natural nail. Her clients also come in for pedicures and many types of body-hair removal, including Brazilian waxes, but excluding calling the governor and asking him to abolish hair.