It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
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With two medical degrees—botanical and naturopathic medicine— and 300 hours of acupuncture practice under his lab coat, Dr. Tommy Ray Thompson, DC takes down a slew of maladies and disorders using the holistic healing powers of detoxifying footbaths and acupuncture sessions. Guests can indulge in ancient acupuncture therapy, in which the steady-handed doc carefully places hair-thin needles along specific corporeal points or “channels.” Keen to the subtle pricks, these bodily highways transform into intravenous postmen, sending signals to internal organs via the body’s system of carrier pigeons. Each 20-minute session sends tidal waves of relaxation from head to toe while targeting chronic pain and stress.
Just as no two bodies are alike, no two massages at Village Healing Touch are the same. Nationally and state-certified massage therapist Denise Craven sees to this by approaching each client with tailored treatments best suited to his or her aches, pains, and comfort levels. Massages here run the gamut from therapeutic to relaxing—Denise offers deep-tissue massages to disable pain and hot-stone massages to provide a warm, soothing reprieve from gridlocked muscles. À la carte treatments such as cold-stone facials, seaweed body treatments, and craniosacral work add another layer to Village Healing Touch’s missive, but for a complete getaway from work-related stress and stress-related pen-pal abuse, clients can settle down with the Pamper Me package. This sojourn into total relaxation includes a 90-minute massage, cooling marine foot mask, and a paraffin hand dip.
Salon Concepts connects talented stylists with private suites where they can tend to tresses and soothe skin in a peaceful environment. Services and pricing vary by location, with an array of beautifying treatments abounding across the network like bunnies on a verdant spring catwalk. Seventeen participating aestheticians are armed with a pack of prettification options such as cut-and-color combos from experienced colorist Brent Bauer at Salon Concepts Oakley ($60–$175) or body waxing ($10+) under the gentle hands of Randy Jackson at Salon Concepts Florence. Check in for a noninvasive frown-removal procedure with a facial expert ($35+) or a stress-melting massage ($35+) from Erlinda Griffin at Salon Concepts Montgomery.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry ($29–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($55–$70), highlights ($75–$90), or a perm ($55–$70). Prices vary by location.