Since 1996, Adrienne Mohn has provided pain relief and relaxation as a certified massage therapist. Her specialties range from traditional deep tissue, Swedish, and head-and-face massages, to less pervasive modalities, including French aromatherapy and energy bodywork to balance chakras drawn from Native American and Hawaiian culture. As for the benefits of her treatments, there are many, including decreased anxiety, boosted energy levels, reduced fatigue, and improved joint flexibility.
Licensed massage therapist Jessica Kline can apply six types of massage modalities, including relaxation, deep-tissue, and hot stone. Jessica, who is a parent of three, admits on her website that she specializes in helping ease the tension of expectant mothers or post-thanksgiving eaters with prenatal massage. Kline can also tack on a moisturizing body-wrap treatment.
“My back is killing me!” Steve Corson regularly heard complaints like this while working in the restaurant biz. The desire to quell backaches and workplace stress is what eventually drove him to become a licensed massage therapist. He set up shop in Full Throttle Ink tattoo parlor, where he dissolves tension with long, gliding Swedish strokes and concentrated deep-tissue kneads. Steve also tends to sports-related injuries, and he tackles painful knots built up over time or after pro games of Twister using trigger-point therapy.
Kimberley Robinson's education didn't stop when she graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage. She went on to study myofascial-release with expert John Barnes and completed an internship at the Myofascial Release Treatment Center. Robinson carries her expertise into the treatment room at Trancendental Bodywork, where she uses myofascial-release to address a range of ailments, including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and TMJ.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Serenity Salon & Spa is a full service salon and spa that envelopes the body in relaxation from scalp to toe-tip with Eminence products for facial services and Mirabella products for make-up services. A skilled aesthetician can tackle the T-zone with a facial, or nix unflattering fuzz during a specialty wax, while a licensed stylist can engineer flattering layers and color highlights. Guests may also retreat to a private room for deep-tissue or soothing Swedish massage from the spa's licensed massage therapist.