Skinsations Health & Wellness Spa owner and licensed aesthetician Michelle Merrix-Gowens has assembled a team of experts to provide advanced anti-aging and wellness services. She performs organic microdermabrasions and seven types of facials with a botanical skincare line whose ingredients nourish skin and enhance the face's ability to yodel. Physicians administer wrinkle-diminishing Botox injections, a massage therapist performs hot-stone treatments or reflexology sessions, and certified thermographer and two-time breast-cancer survivor Jeanne Wilson aims to detect early signs of disease with a digital infrared thermal imaging technique.
The staff at Shannon Michael Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, are not ones to learn through trial and error. Rather, they go through purposeful monthly training to stay apace of the latest trends and techniques. Haircuts and coloring from pro- and master-level stylists testify to the success of their mission, with results both elegant and cutting edge. The staff also deliver elaborate nail services, such as hot-stone manicures and peppermint foot masks with warm towels and hand and foot massages.
Massage therapist Nikki Insley knows all about stiff backs. As a former truck driver, she regularly logged long hours of sitting behind the wheel and often found herself unable to move at the end of hauls. She began to rely on massage therapy to extinguish the stiffness and pain that had settled into her lower back, and eventually chose to hang up her keys and become a therapist herself.
Drawing on years of hands-on experience in spas and chiropractic offices, Nikki unties muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages. She believes that a great massage allows patients to trust the therapist and relax completely, letting go of stressful thoughts and persistent fears that someday, cows will want their milk back.
Although her studio remains as clean as it was in the days when it served as a doctor's office, it has replaced the cold, clinical feel with soothing creams, greens, and browns. A burbling fountain greets clients in the reception area, its gurgling blending with the sound of soothing music as guests enter the blue and green private treatment room.
As the name implies, Silverfox Massage & Crafts has not one but two raisons d'etre. Primarily, muscles are assuaged of their aches and tension with seven types of massages, ranging from Swedish to myofascial release massage with optional hand paraffin dips. But it's more than just untying knotted muscles and retying them into decorative bows; Silverfox also offers goodies such as genuine handmade, hand-sewn leather bags and hand-painted notebooks, whose ring- or cord-bound covers guard journal entries and Game Boy cheat codes in more than 30 designs.
Dedicated massotherapist Jean Rowe deftly kneads aching muscles in modalities ranging from the fluid, gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the more intense, targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Rowe enhances her kneadings with aromatherapeutic oils and calming music and raids pet-rock zoos for basalt stones to use during hot-stone massages. A Quiet Spirit Massotherapy?s ionic-spa foot detoxes draw out impurities with negative ions, and herbal wraps cocoon bodies with green clay and heated blankets to break up cellulite.
A cozy massage table. Dim lights. And, most importantly, a therapist that tailors her massages to needs of each client. Sarah J. Long's treatments range from relaxing to deep-tissue, allowing her to accommodate both emotional and physical tension. Each kneading lasts a full 60 minutes, meaning she doesn't count the 10 minutes it takes to get comfortable beforehand as part of her hour-long service.