A massage can already be a vulnerable experience, so the question of how much pressure for the therapist to apply can be tough to answer, especially given that everyone experiences pressure differently. Fortunately, there are basically three possible responses—light, medium, or firm—and considering the following factors may help you decide:
Pain Tolerance: If you find yourself extremely sensitive to touch, request light pressure. Likewise, people who can tolerate rigorous—possibly even uncomfortable—pressure should choose firm to get the most out of the muscle manipulation. Always trust your body; if firm pressure feels too intense, ask the therapist to ease up.
Why Are You Here?: If your top priority is relaxation, then light or medium pressure is for you. If you want to work out knots, relieve concentrated tension, or pop the balloon animal you swallowed, then firm pressure may be required. If you're looking for a mix of outcomes, explain them in detail, pointing out specific areas and desired results. For instance, you might say, "I want to loosen my back muscles but break up knots in my shoulders," each of which requires a different amount of pressure.
Don't Sweat It: Massage therapy is designed to improve the body's overall function, whether by promoting relaxation or relieving aches and pains. So even if you choose a pressure level at the start of a massage, you're not locked into it—you can request lighter or firmer pressure at any point during treatment. A good massage therapist appreciates and responds to feedback, which helps them develop a personalized session that feels good and fulfills your expectations.
Everywhere you look inside DD Style, you'll find a stylist or an aesthetician doing what she's best at. Over in the salon chairs, clients dictate how they want their new hairdos to look and watch as their dreams are cut and shaped into reality. On the other side of the salon, technicians paint nails with vivid color and aestheticians lead their clients into private rooms for waxing treatments.
When it comes to hair, there isn't much that stylist Christine can't do. She cuts, colors, and styles hair with an expert's touch, and even offers a full menu of texturizing services that includes perms, keratin hair-smoothing treatments, and folding hair into origami swans. Christine works out of Cyd and Friends Salon, a contemporary space on a quiet, tree-lined street.
Salon Fusion’s team of six stylists tends to tresses with luxurious products from Brazilian Blowout, Moroccan Oil, and Aquage. Deft scissor hands shape unruly locks into custom ’dos, lengthen tresses with Babe extensions, and smooth strands with advanced Brazilian blowouts, which boost shine more subtly than a teaspoon of mirror shavings. To complement head-hair services, seasoned techs can also wax away unwanted stubble throughout the body, bronze physiques with Fake Bake spray tans, and enhance facial features with expertly applied makeup.
You won't find the stylists at Blast Blow Dry Bar wielding scissors. Instead, they take manes from frazzled to polished using only blow-dryers and hot tools. Inside one of the Bar's three locations, blow-dry recipients choose from a list of seven style options ranging from sleek and super straight (The Skinny) to full, flowing, voluminous curls (The Glam). Each blowout includes a shampoo and conditioning treatment so that finished locks look and feel healthy and strong, and the staff can even add-on a hair treatment shot to help repair scalps suffering from dryness or seasonal allergies.
Beyond blowouts, Blast Blow Dry Bar also offers services such as up-dos, facial waxing, and professional makeup applications. And, for those looking for a makeover that lasts longer, the staff can administer a Brazilian blowout, which smooths frizz and conditions hair, leaving it shinier and straighter for up to 12 weeks.
When a stylish hairdo walks out of Blowdry! Blowdry Bar, witnesses might be surprised to know that it was fashioned without scissors or dyes. Instead, the salon’s stylists use round brushes, curlers, irons, and gentle bursts from blow dryers to beautify manes. Their styling techniques have earned the salon many honors, including a mention in Minnesota Monthly's Best of the Cities 2012. After lathering of shampoo and soothing scalp massages, coiffures undergo a choice of six blow-out services, such as the Boho, which imbues hair with loose curls, or the Boudoir, which emulates the styles of old Hollywood with soft waves and a sidewalk star for each glamorous strand. The salon’s multitalented team also removes unneeded bodily fleece with face and body waxing, applies alluring makeup, and tints brows and lashes.