Tamera P. Larson pummels the roots of pain and stress with articulated massage techniques. The 60-minute therapeutic massage meddles in muscles’ business using advanced methods, helping to activate self-healing by addressing pain, chronic health issues, and discomfort from arm wrestling easy chairs. Alternately, flat heated stones placed on key points of the body soothe during the one-hour hot-stone massage, where warmth emanates throughout the back as focused kneading paves the path for heat to traverse. Customers unwind as the experienced tension-tamer unties pesky kinks and knots, employing blissful bodywork in an attempt to alleviate aches, improve circulation, and usher relaxation toward the spine’s reserved orchestra seats.
With more than 10 years of body-beautifying experience, Courtney's Place Salon’s Courtney Bradley leads her fellow stylists into battle against errant flyaways and sneaky stressors. During the Girls’ Night Out spa package, hair tamers shape mopey mops into flattering ‘dos, nail specialists file away ragged edges and slather talons in chromatic shades from OPI and Essie, and makeup artists prep features for nights on the town or mornings at kabuki auditions.
Certified kneading therapist Tori Martin, who believes that massages play a significant role in improving overall well-being, works on the attachments of the muscles—not just the muscle itself—to help heal bodies during custom medical massages. Before beginning each treatment, Tori examines relaxation-seekers' problem areas, taking into account their medical history, tissue features, and whether or not they’re allergic to hands. She then launches into her eight-step protocol, wielding focused and deep strokes and stretches to alleviate aches and strengthen connective tissue inside a private treatment room with soft lighting and gentle music. Tori’s sessions, which have a wide range of health and wellness benefits, have been known to reduce inflamation, alleviate chronic joint issues, and prepare knees for Russian folk dancing.
Kami Woodbury, an alum of the Douglas J Aveda Institute, keeps her passion for beauty burning at the recently renovated Modern Concepts Salon & Spa. She first opened in 2002 and moved in 2011 to a new space, where she surrounds herself with a staff of equally dedicated stylists, nail techs, and massage therapists. They foster a tranquil and upbeat environment in which they snip new ‘dos, pamper extremities with Shellac mani-pedis, and banish unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments. Luxuriating guests with complete makeovers, the skincare experts nourish expression palettes with facials and peels and render muscles free of stress with a variety of massage modalities and sweetly cooed lullabies.
As the owner of Bridge Street Hair Company, Lindsey Buckner doesn’t just sit back and let her staff have all the fun. A stylist in her own right, Buckner cuts, colors, and treats strands alongside a skilled team who also keeps busy with facials, massages, and nail treatments. To aid in these treatments and transform salon capes into impromptu slip ’n’ slides, they stock a range of products from top brands such as Bed Head, Dermalogica, Redken, and OPI.
Massage therapists use a well-rounded arsenal of massage techniques to oust troublesome aches and unload guests’ stresses. Modalities such as Swedish massage and reflexology bring balance and renewal to the body and catapult clients onto cloud nine with the help of add-ons such as hot stones or aromatherapy oils. The gifted mitten-fillers perform deep-tissue, trigger-point, and sports massages to foster well being and relieve pain caused by strenuous physical activity, such as lifting heavy boxes or uprooting traffic lights that take too long to turn green. Geriatric, pregnancy, and infant massages ensure that clients in all stages of life can find relaxation.