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.
Upon opening Touch of Healing, Marie created a simple logo, two hands gently surrounding a red heart, which neatly captures the spirit of the massage studio. 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. Services also include waxing, facials, and yoga.
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.
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.
As the owner of SpaMassage For You, Neal Kirsch leads a team of skilled spa technicians who subdue pain and grant a much-needed sanctuary from daily stress. His licensed massage therapists mend aching sinews with techniques that span Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and sports modalities. While they are busy tending to the body’s insides, their aesthetician counterparts focus on clearing away hair and glued-on moustaches with waxes and facials. Their specialty eye treatments reduce puffiness and smooth out wrinkles with a circulation-boosting cocktail of peptides and seaweed.
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.
In addition to being an advanced structural integrator, a licensed massage therapist, and an aesthetician, Peggy Richards takes part in continuing-education programs, including training from the Guild for Structural Integration. An Arizona native, Peggy has been providing wellness therapy since 1987, has worked with NFL athletes, and also serves as a make-up artist for the film industry.