The massage therapists at Massage Is Healing Touch strive to make each client feel perfectly at ease from the moment they step through the studio's door. They tailor massages to soothe muscles, reduce stress, and set the mind at peace, and also perform pampering spa services such as salt scrubs and mani-pedis.
Dr. Andrew Hopkins, named Chiropractic Neurologist of the Year in 2003, and his staff of certified massage therapists chase knots from earthly temples with a 30-minute full-body massage. To kick things off, Dr. Hopkins helms an introductory consultation with each client to determine his or her problem areas and danger zones, ensuring that massages are devoid of pain-induced yelps or spasmodic break dances. Afterward, a seasoned staffer ensconces customers within a private room sporting the sounds of music or silence, depending on customer preference. Then the glissading strokes of the Swedish massage traverse the body’s surface, gelatinizing muscles into the consistency of marshmallows for deeper relaxation and greater buoyancy in hot chocolate.
Using CosMedix peels, five types of facials, and expertly applied MAC makeup, the aestheticians at Changes Day Spa revitalizes faces. They also draw from a menu of waxing services to further enhance the body's aerodynamic properties, particularly important for launching into space. The team's massage therapists specially design prenatal massages to relieve lower back pain for mothers-to-be, and use hot-stone or deep-tissue treatments to ease chronic pain.
From her perch at the G.O.A.L Center Spa & Wellness, Jillian F. Fail, LMT, soothes bodies with a combination of massages, facials, and spa services. She treats each service like a work of art, extracting dirt from pores, kneading aches from muscles, and arranging features as Picasso would have them arranged. Ever devoted to her patients’ well-being, Jillian links to issues of Body Sense magazine on her website. Patrons can peruse the magazine for tips on getting the most out of massage therapy and staying healthy.
Car accidents, invasive surgery, athletic training, a viewing of Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle—all of these can cause lower-back pain. Riverside Ergogenics Medical Massage’s licensed therapist Leslie Saxton wrangles with these problematic muscular structures by using intensive clinical-massage techniques. Before she begins exercising her massage prowess, she consults with the client to pinpoint the root of insistent aches. Leslie also advises clients on how to avoid pain in the future, such as the polite way to decline a back-breaking bear hug.