Even at a young age, Sharon L. Henry felt that she possessed a profound gift for helping others. Though her intuitive ability to sense pain was first confined to animals, in her teens she became aware of her capacity to help humans through massage and meditative work. Now a licensed massage therapist and the senior staff member at Harmony LMT, Sharon continues to use her gift to craft custom bodywork treatments. She is joined by the studio's other therapists, who ease ailing backs with warm oils and Swedish or deep-tissue strokes. When they aren’t beating back tension and ravenous pandas with warm bamboo sticks, Sharon and her team draw on ancient Chinese knowledge to combat cellulite with cupping treatments. Beyond the realm of human healing, Sharon also offers canine therapy for animals battling ailments such as hip dysplasia.
At Solar Tan & Spa in Miamisburg, experienced staff match clients with appropriate UV-tanning beds, available in traditional, high-pressure, or standup models oft favored by cows for naptime bronzing. Tanning experts also explain the subtle differences among three sunless options, including a booth with organic, paraben-free solutions and a custom-airbrushing session. The salon-and-spa side of the menu delves into other options, such as the detoxifying Fit infrared body wrap system or teeth-whitening treatments capable of brightening smiles up to 10 shades. Staff members are dedicated to clients' comfort and safety, and the salon itself is as clean as an unused whistle and open seven of the eight days each week.
Karina's Euro Style cossets customers with an all-inclusive register of beauty services for hair, nails, skin, and more. Owner Karina Yarve honed her technique in the U.S. and around Europe, even training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. Guests can reap the opulence of Karina's style métier in an earthy salon garnished with tree branches and botanical accents. The follicle-minded can receive one of many hair services such as a classic cut and style for women ($40), a men's haircut ($28), or permanent color treatment ($50-$65). Alternately do away with hair altogether thanks to waxing in 12 different areas ($10-$65).
Board-certified physician Michelle Russell, D.O. leads the friendly and highly trained team of skin-smoothing and anti-aging specialists at Enduring Youth Skin and Laser Center, who help patients turn back the years without surgery. Professional-grade products from brands such as SkinMedica and ZO Skin Health allow staffers to tend to a wide range of aesthetic ailments, creating a clear, unblemished canvas for the application of glominerals makeup.
On the cosmic end of the beauty spectrum, FDA-approved lasers banish unappreciated hair from all skin types, and the infrared light of the Titan collagen-stimulating system shines down upon faces, abs, and thighs to help create smooth, supple skin.
Some grandfathers teach their grandkids checkers or how to cut the beetroot for the perfect borscht. Amy’s taught her how to give a proper shoulder massage. Those moments left her with a passion for helping people and sent her on a course that led her to massage and hypnotherapy school. There she developed her repertoire, mastering the different bodywork modalities that she uses to relax clients. Along the way, she began incorporating energy work into her practice, becoming a level-three reiki practitioner and a level-four power plant operator.
Inside Holten Wellness Center, a spacious fitness area bustles with trainers, wellness coaches, massage staff, and clients of weight loss services. Nutrition experts guide clients of all ages through the Weightloss to Wellness program with nutritional, physical, and laser-pointer-chasing exercises. While exercise has its place, the center also acknowledges the role of relaxation in holistic health. Massage therapists offer seven massage modalities whose goals range from spa-like pampering to therapy during serious illness or surgery.
After working in the stressful, intense field of criminal justice, Tabitha Honaker-West turned to a more serene lifestyle by training to become a massage therapist. After graduating from the Dayton School of Medical Massage, she opened Ease, where she practices soothing Swedish massages. She also offers children’s massages, which help combat growing pains and ease the tension caused by strenuous games of hide and seek.
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