The licensed therapists and technicians at Creative Strands Hair & Bodyworks excavate stress and instill beauty with a wide spectrum of salon and spa services. During massages, muscle manipulators call upon therapeutic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to untie knotted muscles in shoulders, backs, and vestigial dorsal fins. Unwanted hairs succumb to swathes of warm wax, and exfoliating microdermabrasion facials leave skin as smooth as Casanova’s answering-machine greeting.
Nancy Fournier—a licensed massage therapist, member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy—uses her education and intuition to guide her hands during treatments. She specializes in Swedish and therapeutic deep massage, but Nancy recently added warm-bamboo massage to her repertoire. She also doles out pregnancy massages. These specially designed treatments alleviate the aches expectant mothers feel while carrying around a baby that might either become an elite field-goal kicker or that guy in HR who stubs his toe most days.
Voted the 2011 Auburn Chamber of Commerce's Best Salon/Day Spa, Teree Salon & Spa retains local loyalty by beautifying and calming clients within tranquil surrounds. Teree's team—lead by licensed aesthetician and registered nurse Theary Jyringi—crafts new coifs, adds color to strands, or tames curls using Ouidad products at chic styling stations that each feature a floor-length mirror. Licensed massage therapists and wax experts impart their services in private treatments rooms, and nail techs man black leather pedicure thrones to add color and shine to high-fives and thumb wars.
Licensed massage therapist Lourdes McAlexander uses light-to-deep pressure to promote healing and relaxation throughout the body. The light kneading and warm friction of the Swedish massage release muscle tension, while hot-stone therapy glides heated stones over muscles to promote blood flow and melt stress into a gooey puddle. Expectant mothers gain release from swelling and cramping during the pregnancy massage, and athletes can prevent injury through the sports massage or by wearing the most advanced helmet during tennis matches. While undergoing a body mollycoddling, clients can enjoy the sights of abundant and verdant plants inside treatment rooms, as well as grayish purple walls that can ameliorate boredom of white and taupe room dividers.
From her station amid the funky chandeliers and flowing curtains of Untamed Salon & Spa, licensed cosmetologist and aesthetician Laurie Vezina calls on more than two decades of experience to refine each face she encounters. She specializes in Xtreme Lashes lash extensions, which can give natural eyelashes length and the type of movement that rivals even the windiest of ceiling fans.
In addition to adding drama to lash lines, Laurie—who is also a skin specialist—teaches clients that a youthful complexion simply requires the right products and meticulous care. After performing an in-depth skin analysis, she buffs away fine lines and clears up blemishes with microdermabrasions, chemical peels, ultrasonic treatments, or one of her eight facial regimens.