Relaxation reigns supreme at Elements Hot Tub Spa, where reprieve from the daily grind awaits in the form of bubbling hot tubs and the masterful hands of fully licensed massage therapists. Behind the doors of five themed areas, the crystal-clear tubs send toasty tides surging across limbs from up to 108 hydrotherapy jets. Inside the Fire room, visitors sink into 104-degree tubs amid warm tones of burnished slate, whereas out in the Air garden, breezes move tree boughs across stucco walls, replicating the gentle rustling synonymous with nature or book-themed scavenger hunts in a library. Stress sapping is also available through trips to the facility's infrared sauna and steam rooms, and through services such as deep-tissue massages, hot-stone treatments, and chocolate facials.
Providing table and Traditional Thai massage. Table massage includes hot stone and deep tissue work. Thai massage is a system of passive, yoga-like stretches combined with gentle massage and acupressure.
Extensive experience with dancers, yogis, and martial artists.
Specializing in the treatment of TMJD.
Bodies in Balance's muscle mender, Michael Millner, soothes tightened stress knots with a slew of revitalizing techniques. After a consultation, during which clients can call out specific problem areas or their favorite colors, bodies recline for a 60-minute custom mollycoddling, which targets specific aches and pains. Based in the Swedish circulatory style, each human tenderizing session blends elements of deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and hydrotherapy into a rejuvenating treatment that helps restore battered meat suits to their former glory. Meanwhile, athletes can reap the healing benefits of a sports massage to promote speedier regeneration from back injuries caused from doing improper handstands instead of defending themselves during boxing matches.
Voted by readers of the Valley Advocate as the Best of the Valley for 2011 for therapeutic massage, the team of massage therapists at The Healing Zone Therapeutic Massage banish bodily stress with dexterous-handed massage techniques. During the Swedish massage, the skilled muscle menders assuage anxious anteriors with long, gliding strokes, working out muscle knots, increasing blood flow, and expelling stress caused by sleeping upside down to increase blood flow. The deep-tissue massage sends the therapists’ hands delving further into soft tissue, delivering firm, cross-grain pressures to coax out muscle soreness and break apart gluey fibers that grow between tissues. Massages leave patrons with a sense of calmness not experienced since the last time they were serenaded by a pile of clean laundry.
Born and raised on a farm in Hadley, massage therapist Heather Barstow uses the same hands that once worked the fields to plow away clumps of tension, pain, and anxiety with massages in various modalities. Skilled in Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques, Heather tailors each session to her clients’ individual health issues; simply tell her what ails you during a pre-massage consultation, and she will make sure to focus her attention on areas with the highest concentration of tension or “Kick Me” signs.
Nationally licensed massage therapist Sheri Rademacher doles out artful rubdowns and stress-shattering chops to alleviate pain, ease motion, and engender relaxation. Like most slug races, the massage journey commences with a sit-down session, during which you'll be able to express your needs and co-determine an effective course of action with Sheri. Choose from a panoply of massage flavors, including acupressure, deep tissue, and Swedish treatments. Tight ends with constricted glutes can benefit from a sports massage that relies on compression, cross-fiber friction, and cryotherapy to loosen limbs and prevent injury; mothers-to-be may opt for a pregnancy massage to address aching feet, legs, lower backs, and tangled mobile strings. Renew Massage Therapy operates Monday–Wednesday and on Friday and Saturday.