With more than a decade of experience, certified massage therapist Carol Ann Holcombe assuages muscular stress with massages in a variety of soothing modalities. Holcombe's nimble fingertips dance across problem areas during massage types including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and prenatal. With specialties that include eradicating headaches and quelling neck pain, Carol works with clients to provide targeted treatment or lull entire bodies into a tranquil trance. After a massage, patrons receive tips on maintaining healthy living through stretches, lifestyle practices, and transmogrifying candy into vegetables.
Helmed by Dr. Jonathan Dehors, a graduate of the New York Chiropractic College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Upper Hand Chiropractic targets chronic pain with research-based spine-adjustment methods and soft-tissue manipulation techniques. Instead of resetting bones with a bowling-pin machine, Dr. Dehors applies a gentle force to a specific joint or vertebra, which can relieve pressure on the surrounding nerves and increase the area’s range of motion. Massage therapy incorporates deep-tissue strokes and myofascial-release techniques, which ease inflammation even as they boost circulation. To melt muscle knots and snowmen hitching piggyback rides, Dr. Dehors may employ soothing hot and cold packs or Soft Tissue Tech, a special instrument he invented to treat soft tissue dysfunction.
Galina Shapiro of Body Tuning Massage Studio lets her hands do the healing with multiple massage modalities performed in private treatment rooms. Galina begins with a consultation to tailor care to the client's specific aches, problem areas, and number of vestigial wings. After finalizing a plan for peace, she goes to work, utilizing techniques ranging from lighter Swedish strokes to the holistic healing of traditional lomi lomi massage. Galina is also well versed in Russian medical massage, an integrative approach that blends relaxing strokes with deep-tissue kneads to make muscles soften like a rock monster who just had his first kiss.
Treating tense muscles is like bargain hunting—it can conserve a lot of money in the long run but shouldn’t be done with the aid of a shady character in a dark alley. Amid soothing décor featuring earthy tones and violet hues, clients of Massage Envy begin their session with an initial consultation that determines which customized massage will provide the best results. For example, a sports massage provides treatment specific to the athlete’s sport, reflexology targets points on the extremities to balance the nervous system, and deep-tissue massage unties knots while relieving chronic muscle tension. Trigger-point therapy alleviates tight areas within muscle tissue through cycles of isolated pressure and release, while a Swedish massage relaxes the whole body with long, gliding strokes. The professional massage therapists at Massage Envy will apply the necessary muscle treatment with pinpoint precision and buttery smoothness during convenient hours, including evenings and weekends.
Skincare and styling come naturally to the staff at Jay Andrews Salon & Spa Aveda. This is true in the most literal sense of nature, as the Aveda Lifestyle salon features Aveda products formulated with 97% plant-derived ingredients. These natural products form the basis for an extensive menu of salon and spa treatments that address different parts of the body but share one thing in common: a customized approach. The stylists can quickly devise a cut or coloring treatment to suit any look—a talent made all the more remarkable by the fact that they spruce up men, women, and children of diverse preferences on a daily basis. The spa’s aestheticians keep busy removing hair with warm wax and moisturizing skin with Aveda custom facials. Their specialty services include chemical peels that trigger rapid cell renewal and a botanical skin-resurfacing treatment that reduces fine lines and gently tends to the aftermath of dressing up as a glue stick for Halloween.
While volunteering with charities such as Meals on Wheels, Sean Stogner realized he craved a career based around helping people. So he enrolled at the Body Therapy Institute, and soon became a licensed and certified massage therapist.
At Airmeith Massage & Oils, he begins each session with a 5- to 10-minute consultation, during which clients describe their massage needs, including discussing injuries and chronic pain, over chocolates and coffee or tea. Then, as guests recline on a heated table, Sean uses a blend of massage styles including Swedish, sports, and myofascial release to soothe achy muscles and increase the body's range of motion, helping speed recovery after an injury or recurring pain, such as neck or back pain.
To enhance his sessions, which last at least an hour, Sean incorporates organic medicinal lotions and an organic essential oil blend of your choice. Besides customized treatments, Sean specializes in prenatal massage massage.