At Dowdy Chiropractic & Massage, located within the Mélange gallery of salons, chiropractor David Dowdy addresses discomfort from both a skeletal and muscular perspective. He performs thorough chiropractic exams to evaluate which vertebrae may be conga-lining out of alignment, and softens taut muscles with therapeutic massages informed by his spine-centric training.
Most Popular Service: Swedish Massage
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes early to fill out paper work.
Kaitlyn Confer, a massage therapist at Family Rehab and Medical Massage, says that she loves helping her clients relax and forget about their day-to-day problems for a while. And she does so with the aid of her talented thumbs, which skillfully employ multiple modalities of massage ranging from the more intense deep-tissue massage to Swedish massage to gentle chair massage, which is ideal for tense office workers and their tense office chairs. She says that the best compliment she's ever received from a client is one that comes up again and again—a repeat visit. "It tells me that I've done a good job and provided excellent service," she says.
In addition to massage, she and her fellow staffers also provide spa services, including fat-melting body wraps and mind-soothing aromatherapy.
Aches and pains evaporate as the hands of licensed massage therapist LeAnn McDonald sweep over muscles for Swedish or firm-pressure massages. While noses drink in aromatherapy through their nostril-mouths, LeAnn's targeted kneading unravels the knots in torsos that form when the topsail attached to the spine gets tangled in the rigging near the ribs. Clients may also request LeAnne's mobile spray-tanning services for off-site bronzing.
Because of licensed massage therapist Jalaine Hunter, it’s possible some astronaut felt more relaxed, calm, and collected during a stressful re-entry. That’s because two out of her five years of experience has been spent administering massages for NASA. Today, she draws from that experience and six types of massage, such as Swedish, hot stone, and trigger-point therapy, to pamper clients and untie their painful muscle knots.
You might not be able to tell by looking at her now, but Natalie Bocard once suffered from hormonal acne and oily skin. For a lifelong fashionista, this was simply unacceptable. Natalie tirelessly researched methods to help her achieve the clear skin she dreamed about, and her eventual success inspired her to help others with similar concerns.
Today, Natalie is a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist with certifications in both microdermabrasion and airbrush makeup. At Natalie’s Notable Beauty, she helps her clients achieve healthy and youthful skin with services that include facials, body treatments, and spa parties. Her past experience has prepared her well for this current venture; aside from her aesthetic expertise, she spent 23 years as a NASA contractor, working with astronauts and researchers to treat the moon's perennially pockmarked façade.
At Portal Bodyworks, each massage begins with a predetermined modality, such as Swedish or deep-tissue massage. But from there, the licensed therapists fine tune each treatment, adapting the style to address particular areas of discomfort or tension. In this way, they're able to build a custom session for each client, instead of sticking to a one-size-fits-all style of massage. That's just one of the many things that sets Portal Bodyworks apart from other massage studios. Another: its stretching sessions. During this unique treatment, therapists use minimal pressure to guide clients into stretches that increase flexibility and improve range of motion, so they don't need a partner to help them finish a drum solo.