"I gained 60 pounds when I had my son," Ashley, Parakletos Wellness's co-owner, says—but there's triumph in her voice. She credits body wraps for helping to shed those pounds, and now performs these services for others. Ashley, a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician, and her husband and personal trainer Stephen operate Parakletos, whose name translates fittingly to “called to help.”
The couple is happy in the facility, with its sand-hued walls and pulsing ocean soundtrack. Having only a single treatment room allows them to help clients one at a time. "If someone comes in with acne or rosacea, we don't want you to have to interact. We want you to be able to leave insecurities at door." In addition to an oxygen cucumber facial, Parakletos can slacken shoulders with river stones during private massage sessions, but, due to her personal experiences, it's weight-loss wraps that Ashley holds in the highest regard.
"Folks come in and we ask a lot of questions. How much water do you drink? How much do you workout? It's not about vanity for us, it's about the lifestyle change." The body wraps, which are designed to help motivate and shed weight, are composed of 12 different herbal ingredients. All of the products and supplements employed by Parakletos are forged from herbs and flora, much like Robinson Crusoe's Gameboy. Even when she is far from the studio's brimming shelves, Ashley says that she tries to let her passion for what she does thrive. "I give one pro-bono massage a week. If I'm at church and someone mentions a pulled hamstring, I'll pass them a note. I like to be a blessing for anyone I can."
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
In July 2012, I started school for aesthetics and I realized when I got my first job how much I could impact a woman's self-image and self-esteem just through something as simple as an eyebrow wax. It's very empowering to me to be able to share my tricks and advice during waxing or facials to make women see that they can feel beautiful every day.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
Complimentary coffee, tea, and water. With an eyebrow wax, I fill and highlight brows for no extra charge. With eyelash extensions I seal the lashes for free.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I provide a clean environment. None of my cleaning supplies are in a back room or storage closet. I always make sure my aesthetics room smells great and that pillows and a warm blanket are provided for longer treatments. My door is frosted glass as well, and a lot of clients have expressed that they are thankful for the privacy.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Eyebrow wax
Brands Used: None
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Lavender sugar foot scrub. I start by wrapping your feet in warm towels and applying compression. Next, I exfoliate and freshen your feet with the lavender sugar scrub and wrap them in warm towels again. After removing the scrub, I lavish each foot with an incredible massage using reflexology techniques with a luxurious body butter.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
Warm, calming colors with neutral decorations. The bed is equipped with a table warmer. I also keep soft and warm blankets and play soft, relaxing music, along with a nature sound machine. I have LED candles and dimmed lighting.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I am a relaxation specialist. I give off a very comforting and soothing energy. My clients always feel safe and relaxed with me. I also specialize in neuromuscular neck treatments. This is a very popular treatment in which my clients achieve a dramatic relief from neck pain.
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Service: Massage
As Paula Cole grew up, money was a little tight. She decided to do her part for the neighborhood by picking up a pair of shears and becoming the neighborhood hair dresser. Her experience led to expertise, and her expertise earned her the title of Master Educator. Today, she styles hair at Locks And Strands Beauty Salon, helping men, women, and children look their best. While she snips hair, her coworkers relax clients with massages, paint intricate nail art, or weave extensions into existing dos.
Paula and company conduct all services within Locks And Strands Beauty Salon's intimate studio. As they paint nails, apply facial masks, or trim hair, clients relax in leather-upholstered chairs or admire the flowing locks of the woman featured in the shop's full-floor mural, whose well-styled hair remains pristine no matter how many people step on it.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Relaxers, Braids
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell, Design Essentials
Aromatherapy: Enjoying Ancient Scents
The power of pleasant scents is timeless. Learn about aromatherapy's history with Groupon's introduction.
Aromatherapy sessions take place on a spectrum that stretches from relaxing to extremely relaxing. Practitioners extract the all-important essential oils and aromatic compounds from flowers, bark, roots, resins, and other natural sources. During the actual session, clients simply relax and take deep breaths, triggering olfactory signals connected to the brain and traveling into the lungs where the particles can quickly enter the bloodstream. At many spas and massage studios, therapists dilute these essential oils and apply them directly to the skin with massage lotions or in warm baths.
Though there is a lack of clinical evidence supporting the medical benefits of these plant-derived oils, their therapeutic application can be traced back as far as the era of the Old Testament. Sealed urns of aromatic resins have been unearthed in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, and recorded uses of essential oils can be found in ancient cultures across the Middle East and in India and China. Scent sciences were brought into the modern era by French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937, when he published a book detailing an explosion that resulted in severe burns all over his hands and the seemingly miraculous recovery he made after treating them with lavender oil.
From facials to massages, Tulsa's Ihloff Salon and Day Spa offers specialized spa services to meet all of your personal needs.
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