Since graduating from the ACE School of Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Adriene Marcos has focused her sights on eliminating muscle aches and helping clients achieve deeper levels of relaxation. At her independent practice, Adriene cultivates blood circulation with long, flowing Swedish strokes, and accesses deeply rooted hurts with trigger-point deactivation techniques. After tight sinews soften beneath the polished heat of a hot-stone massage, clients can request deep-tissue kneading to remove tension from muscles or free a pet genie from the confines of its cramped bottle.
David Rabson at Therapeutic Massage Techniques choreographs slow waltzes with his fingers?strengthened by years of piano playing?his hands kneading sinews to bolster health and elicit relaxed sighs. At the clinic, Rabson aids spines with muscle-melting massage sessions and Swedish techniques. Therapeutic Massage Techniques also offers facial lifts, which stimulate collagen production, boost circulation, and make complexions glow more radiantly than a baby polar bear at a laser-light show.
Betty Rios, the skilled beauty professional at Bare Necessities, boasts years of experience in services that ranges from aesthetics to skincare. She adds a dash of relaxation to makeovers by seating clients in massage chairs surrounded by earth-toned walls, floral accents, and Technicolor geometric designs that double as instructions for making flightless paper airplanes.
American Laser Center's certified technicians use an FDA-approved laser that uses high-intensity light to quickly and painlessly reduce unwanted whiskers. Appropriate for men and women of most skin types, the laser zeros in on the hair follicle itself without harming the surrounding skin, like a Soviet submarine ordered to locate and eradicate rogue sea monkeys without damaging the delicate ecosystem. Depending on the degree of hairiness, many clients need around six treatments to permanently keep hair at bay, making today's Groupon an excellent foundation toward a super-slick skin surface.
The slimming pros at Amarillo Laser Like Lipo use the power of light to help clients shrink their silhouettes without going under the knife. They target trouble spots, such as tummies, love handles, and thighs, with a body-contouring technology that goes by the name of UltraSlim. The UltraSlim machine emits specific fat-busting frequencies of light energy that can help trim inches from waistlines.
When a person loses one sense, the need to compensate for its loss can actually increase the acuity of the four others. Such is the case with Aaron Reed, whose lack of eyesight has allowed him to develop other talents—most notably, his ability to listen. After spending six years as a motivational speaker and discovering a passion for working with and helping others, Reed began practicing massage therapy. Today, he continues to draw on his uniquely perceptive sense of touch to unwind muscular tension and soothe bodily aches.
Reed has mastered Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Thai massage and blends these modalities in custom massages geared toward his client’s specific needs. To get to know these needs a little better, he begins each visit with a 15-minute consultation. Then, he invites clients to relax in a private room suffused with the aromas of scented candles. Clients can request to play music of their own or simply relax to a soundtrack of birds chirping, trees rustling in the wind, and sore muscles howling at the moon.