I was sold. And with a grand-opening special that takes 50 percent off a full-body spray tan, I was on my home to exfoliate! I know—how “metrosexual” of me, but whatever works.
Healthy Glow Studio is located at 307 Manufacturers Road. For more information, call (423) 486-1700 or visit healthyglowstudio.com.
Before returning home and exfoliating, I decided to make a quick stop at Massage Envy on Frazier Avenue to visit with Christine Helms and her staff. I did very much envy a massage, perhaps even a facial while I was at this metrosexual thing.
I was, of course, well aware of Massage Envy’s relaxing allure and needed to book a massage—my first of the new year—to go ease the pain from my journey (if not actual exercise, so far) before hitting the home stretch of my tour.
Because it’s near Valentine’s Day, Massage Envy is offering a couples massage for $78. Food for thought in the upcoming weeks, but I needed relief prior to my big V-Day date.
Because I had not yet availed myself of the services it offers, I took advantage of Massage Envy’s introductory one-hour massage session and it’s companion introductory healthy skin facial treatment. Two full hours of pampered bliss for $39 and $49, respectively—a bargain any way you cut it.
The treatment is relaxing, performed in a soothing environment by professional therapists and estheticians, who customize massages, Murad facials and other body-centric treats to complement a healthy lifestyle. In my case, it was pure indulgence—which is reason enough.
Massage Envy is located at 345 Frazier Ave. Call (423) 757-2900 or visit massageenvy.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.
My penultimate visit was piqued more by a voyeuristic interest than personal needs. I’ve been tattoo-free all my life and while I consider it an artform if done well, no lover—or even my mother—was so influential that I wanted to “brand” myself with their names. It’s a personal thing, but plenty of people have tattoos they’d rather forget. And if they don’t exactly want to erase the memory, ridding themselves of the indelible ink would be nice.
Enter Jerry Manning and New Image Laser, whose website, erasemytattoo.com, says it all.
Manning is a certified laser operator, having mentored in the technique with Lorenzo Kunze Jr., whose father founded the world-renowned Rocky Mountain Laser College and spent 35 years developing and teaching laser technology.
Turns out lasers are the perfect antidote to removing the permanent pigments used by tattoo artists. Today, lasers are the standard treatment for tattoo removal, Manning said, and offer an effective, low-risk procedure with minimal side effects.
“Most tattoos can be removed completely,” Manning said, but results vary. “Some colors are harder to remove than others. Darker colors are the easiest, but we’ve had great success with many clients.”
The size of the tattoo determines the cost per treatment, Manning said, but most cost between $125 and $200 per treatment, generally the equivalent of having them applied in the first place. But if you’ve got an embarrassing or increasingly irrelevant tattoo—say, “I Heart Ruby,” and you’re now married to Jane—well worth the price.
New Image Laser is located at 6250 Ringgold Road, but call (423) 463-9547 for a consultation appointment first or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit erasemytattoo.com for more information.
Educated, enlightened and inspired, I finished my day with a fresh new look by way of a haircut. After all, what else offers such instant gratification—if done professionally—so quickly and has the added bonus of boosting one’s self-esteem?
“I think one great way to stay inspired is to look good while you’re doing it,” Elizabeth Tate, owner of Hair a Go-Go on the North Shore, said. “Looking good helps keep you motivated, it’s a cool reward and a finishing touch for all the hard work you put in at the gym.”