From more than 80 locations nationwide, the therapists of Elements Therapeutic Massage performed more than 400,000 massages in 2011. The deft team continues their pursuit of pampering by performing comprehensive consultations before every service. Once health concerns have been highlighted, therapists ameliorate stress by applying the client's desired level of pressure and avoiding any and all knock-knock-joke attempts. Though all of the therapists are well-versed in Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, some are also familiar with prenatal, sports, hot-stone, or trigger-point modalities.
At Crazy Beautiful Hair Lounge, a team of completely sane and utterly talented tress masters transforms mopey mops into magnificent manes. Skilled stylists will cut and comb coifs ($46 for women, $24 for men, $19 for kids) in the latest styles, or restore lost lock luster with highlights ($75) or permanent color ($75). Clients can also treat tired talon tips with a manicure ($17) or pedicure ($35+), shape brows into attractive arches with a brow waxing ($12), or purge piggies of impurities with a foot detox ($26).
As you might deduce from its name, Color Correction Salon's specialty lies in setting strands right after botched home dye jobs or summers spent touring with Jem and the Holograms. Owner Tom Sollock has taken his tinting talents to hair competitions around the world, picking up numerous awards and medals for his vibrant, cutting-edge designs. While color re-touch is a house specialty, its not uncommon to find clients leaving with shocking streaks of neon pink or electric blue, which the stylists create with top-quality pigments or clip-in extensions that offer all the pop without the permanence. In addition to cuts and color treatments, the salon welcomes the opportunity to makeover heads and faces for weddings and other special events, and frequently hosts kids parties complete with mini manicures, facials, and colored extensions for each pintsize guest.
Naming her business after an ancient Egyptian word that symbolizes both inner and outer beauty, Dayna McDowell focuses on the latter with her signature aesthetic services. She can exile body hair via both waxing and threading, create bronze glows with spray tans, and hydrate skin with one of three facials, all of which finish with moisturizer and toner.
More than a dozen hair and beauty experts ply their trade at Alley Cats Salon, and among them is Reanon Casillo, manager of the aesthetics department. Well versed in theories of skincare and facial harmony, Reanon's skills are not just limited to pore cleansing and brow shaping—she also deftly unties knots in tense muscles during relaxing massage sessions and unblocks energy pathways that have become stricken with logjams during holistic acupuncture sessions.
When it comes to helping others relax, Shaunte D. Strong pulls double duty. When she’s not unwinding kinked muscles at Massage Envy, the nationally certified licensed massage therapist also takes on clients through her own business, Indulgence. No matter the venue, Shaunte alleviates discomfort associated with everyday stress through Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal modalities. Her rehabilitative massage reduces scar tissue after surgery or trauma, and her sports-massage techniques help to improve range of motion and heal athletic injuries incurred during particularly involved victory dances. Clients looking for further indulgence may purchase Shaunte's staycation package: a two-hour treatment—performed in patrons' homes or at the studio—that includes a facial, exfoliating foot treatment, massage, and light refreshments.
The licensed massage therapists at New Beginnings Massage Therapy soothe stressed physiques with a full menu of massage modalities. Therapists calibrate the amount of pressure to please each back, working over muscles with the techniques of standard Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone treatments or specialized prenatal, reflexology, and cranial massages. The staff also promotes healthy skin with paraffin-wax dips for the hands and feet, sugar scrubs, and seaweed body wraps for homesick mermaids.
In addition to enlivening bodies with a sense of well-being, New Beginnings Massage Therapy also inspires joy by raising support for the Down Syndrome Association.