A Navy veteran, graduate of Arizona State University?s kinesiology program, ACE-certified personal trainer, and master massage therapist, Jerry Coy knows a thing or two about the body. The fruits of Jerry?s achievements come to a head at Jerry Coy Massage & Healing Arts Spa, where the 10-year massage therapist tends to the mind and body in as many ways as his vast experiences permit. He treats his clients to massages that run the gamut from custom treatments?which include aromatherapeutic blends of Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology techniques?to LaStone Therapy, a geothermal treatment that alternates between applications of hot and cold stones.
But just as Jerry?s prior studies and certifications go well beyond the field of massage, so do the services he provides. During his salt-glow exfoliating scrubs, he uses blends of mineral-rich salt, pure jojoba oil, and medical-grade essential oils that he mixes himself on the day of each session. He also offers far infrared body wraps to encourage cellulite reduction as well as nutrition counseling to help clients squeeze back into the bucket seat of their first car.
Both of The Healing Arts Day Spa?s two locations enhance the transporting effects of their services with decor that evokes a Tuscan-style villa. Vines crawl across shelves and along the backs of chairs, walls are painted to resemble lightly weathered stucco, and stone tiles create the feel of an airy courtyard. In softly lit rooms, the hands of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians deliver relaxation through massage, body wraps, and skin and hair treatments. Customers can even learn to pamper themselves: owner Terrell Lynn teaches a course in couples? massage that helps forge closer bonds between spouses or strangers on a long bus ride.
Marie Neugent?s all-inclusive approach to becoming a licensed massage therapist is echoed in her treatments. The reiki master, certified mind-and-body wellness practitioner, and neuromuscular-massage instructor combines modalities so that each of her clients receives the suitable strokes for healing the mind, body, and spirit. That's all reflected in the name Touch of Healing, Marie's studio, which took third place in Massage/Reflexology for the 2014 East Valley Tribune Best of Mesa competition. It can also be seen in Touch of Healing's simple logo, two hands gently surrounding a red heart, which neatly captures the spirit of the massage studio.
Part of the studio's success might come from a customized approach to eliminating stress, muscle tension, and pain. It also might stem from the diverse staff; Marie is a certified Mu-Xing therapy instructor and is assisted by a reiki master, certified reflexologist and shiatsu therapist. In addition to traditional massages, which include prenatal and deep-tissues sessions, Touch of Healing also offers Ashiatsu sessions, in which practitioners move their feet along clients' bodies, using overhead bars to distribute their weight as needed to delve deep into muscles. All massages are backed by education about home care and routines. Services also include waxing, facials, and yoga.
The instructors at Aesthetics Institute & Laser Sciences train their students primarily for paramedical aesthetics practice. It’s an advanced skincare and body-care specialty that emphasizes healing techniques, including some services that can otherwise only be offered by doctors. At the institute’s day spa, these students get valuable hands-on experience delivering soothing and rejuvenating massages while working side by side with licensed instructors—most of who have worked in the industry for more than 10 years.
Situated in a vintage home that pays homage to years past with its baroque mirrors and antique furnishings, Vanity on Mill Hair Gallery & Spa seems like a strange place to seek out youth. The salon’s charmingly out-of-date decor, however, belies a mission to promote wrinkle-free complexions and hairstyles that radiate hipness.
It’s one thing to be in tune with the times, but Vanity on Mill’s stylists go a step further. They begin all of their cuts with informal consultations, during which they gauge each client’s personality before devising a style to match. The aestheticians and massage therapists share this concern for custom treatments, drawing from an extensive menu to find the right fit for acne-prone skin or strained muscles. The salon also infuses skin with bronze hues courtesy of UV-free spray tans, eliminating the need to awkwardly hug one of the Sun Devils attending classes across the street.
Pink- and salmon-colored walls, saffron accents, and verdant plants contribute to the Southwest and Latin atmosphere that pervades The Saguaro Spa. Amid regional wood and leather furniture, candles in tin holders, and folk art, therapists lead guests into partitioned or private treatment rooms to perform spa services inspired by the healing traditions and history of the desert. They stroke guests' backs using pressure-point and relaxation-massage techniques, often adding heated stones or wild-desert-herb compresses to melt tension. During body-wrap treatments, aestheticians swaddle bodies in organic, Southwest-inspired botanicals such as lime and aloe or chilis and chocolate.
Aestheticians also rejuvenate busy patrons with 30-minute mini treatments such as a prickly-pear sugar scrub and an orange-blossom neck massage. When they?re not soothing skin and faces, staffers can be found leading guests and gnomes in open-air yoga classes that take place amid cool breezes in an adjacent garden.