OCT 2018

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S p a G r e g o r i e ' s S t e v e H i g h t o w e r H a i r S a l o n & D a y S p a [ 46 ] • # dayspamagazine • october 2018 a healing touch Salon owner and hair stylist Steve Hightower has specialized in thinning hair and regrowth since 2003, so it made perfect sense to start off ering oncology services three years ago. "We've all known someone with cancer, and our goal is to bring those who are suff ering from the disease some joy and relief from their pain—and help them feel pretty when they look in the mirror," says Hightower. With the help of three skilled staff members—oncology certifi ed massage therapist David Whaley, oncology licensed esthetician Tamara Townsend, and medical wig and hair piece expert Rebecca Walden—the spa's cancer care menu now includes Oncology Massage (60 min./$80) and a Décolleté Facial (60 min./$75). Whaley is a Reiki master and polarity practitioner as well, so he uses those modalities along with light pressure and oils during the massage to relieve fatigue and soothe dry skin. Meanwhile, Townsend modifi es skincare therapies based on the client's specifi c cancer and treatment side eff ects, and will often off er lighter cleansing and nutrient-rich, seaweed-based products that are gentle and healing. Medical wigs, made with either synthetic or human hair, are also available. When it comes to hair services, Hightower tries to start early. "If they've just been diagnosed, we like to have them come in before they lose their hair," he says, explaining that this makes it easier to create the most natural-looking piece. TOP: COURTESY STEVE HIGHTOWER HAIR SALON & DAY SPA; BOTTOM: COURTESY SPA GREGORIE'S Scott Duncan, president of Spa Gregorie's, had his fi rst experience working with a client with cancer nearly 25 years ago. "He was a gentleman with stage IV cancer, and formal oncology training didn't exist at that time, so I just modifi ed the massage to adjust to his comfort level," recalls Duncan. "I remember that experience like it was yesterday, and I'll hold it in my heart forever." In 2003, Spa Gregorie's added services by oncology trained massage therapists and estheticians to its menu, including Oncology Massage (30-90 min./$69-$165) and Oncology Facials (60 min./$119; 75 min./$139). The same year, Duncan founded Greet the Day, which off ers complimentary spa services and half-day retreats for cancer patients. "I wanted to develop a charitable program that would allow our therapists the opportunity to give back to the cancer community through the art of touch within our space," explains Duncan. The nonprofi t also provides professionally accredited continuing education classes, which include Oncology Skin Care and Facial Treatments ($495 for a three-day course); Oncology Massage ($495 for a three-day course); and Aromatherapy in Health Care ($120 for a two-day course). "The third tier of our mission statement is to 'make a signifi cant contribution to the community,'" says Duncan. "It's rewarding to know that this organization has served thousands of people aff ected by cancer, and has nurtured and trained countless service providers." Spa Gregorie's Newport Beach, California Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa Atlanta

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