As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand and Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand and Stone Massage Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand and Stone has expanded to more than 20 states. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Before Dr. Jason Winseck became a doctor of chiropractic medicine, he was a high school student with a debilitating sports injury. After waiting for his lower back pain to resolve itself, he went to a local chiropractor and received both an accurate diagnosis and fast relief. This experience inspired him to learn more about how chiropractic techniques worked, so he spent weeks shadowing his doctor after school and observing the physician's attentiveness with each patient. After high school, Jason enrolled in New York Chiropractic College and graduated in 2002 after enduring a challenging curriculum. He later opened Cascades Chiropractic, where he assuages bodily aches with adjustments and massages and clears out cellular waste with detoxifying treatments. When he isn't helping his patients achieve health, he maintains an active lifestyle by golfing, fishing, and running with his chocolate lab, which he bought at a candy store.
Originally opened in 1987, Shear Power pampers the Ranson community with indulgent spa and salon services that nourish the skin and the hair with botanically-derived Aveda products. The staff includes several stylists, an aesthetician and makeup specialist, a massage therapist, and an independent nail technician who operates out of the salon. These professionals all work together to spruce up clients’ appearances by designing a flattering hairdo, pampering and revitalizing visages, or using gel polishes to perform long-lasting mani-pedis.
As an Aveda concept salon, Salon Alure stocks and uses only plant- and flower-based Aveda products, from hair color to skincare products. The staff also pamper guests with complimentary hand treatments, makeup, stress-relieving aromatherapy, and a steaming cup of Aveda comforting tea. Along with haircare services that include cuts, color, and keratin treatments, the licensed professionals also beautify visages with natural facials such as the Perfecting Plant Peel. For toes mired in envy, chakra-balancing foot treatments unite pedicures with aromatherapy and reflexology massages to lavish feet with the attention usually reserved for a tossed glob of pizza dough dangling from the chandelier.
The staff render this bounty of services within the elegant confines of a wood-floored salon. Sunlight hustles its way through the façade’s large window, and wood accents make the ceiling an exquisite complement to the green plants beneath it.
The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet’s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body’s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet also has sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and a variety of skincare services including facials and waxing.
Tthe licensed massage therapists knead achy muscles with a range of diverse massage modalities that ease aches associated with sports, everyday stress, or pregnancy. Clients can soothe the senses and nurture holistic wellness by adding aromatherapy to certain treatments, and eastern-inspired refloxology and acupressure are also available for enhanced well-being.
Meanwhile, A Refined Touch's nutrition response testing uses responses from acupressure points to help identify problem areas related to dietary insufficiencies. Then, with the help of nutrient-rich supplements derived from plants, clients can tweak their own diet to make it more healthy.