Signature Service: Deep-tissue, couples or duo, chair massage
Brands Used: Biotone and Biofreeze, as well as plant therapy, bamboo sticks, and hot stones
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Wear comfy clothes, remove your jewelry, and turn your cell phone off.
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
Deep-tissue and bamboo massage really gets into the tissues and relieves tension. Hot stone massage is also popular because of how warm the stones are?and how cold it is in Wisconsin. It's a great way to heat the body up again and escape the chilly weather.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
My studio also houses many hairstylists and beauty professionals, which means my clients can have a whole day of pampering, if they like.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
It happened when I was 21. I just enjoyed massage, because doing what you love doesn't feel like work.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I think healthy living is the best way to go. Get a regular massage and be good to your body.
Ashley Hessom, the owner and head massage therapist at Sacred Heart Bodywork, began her career on the other side of the massage table. Ashley was hit by a car while riding her bicycle and afterwards suffered from chronic pain and migraines, conditions that conventional medicine proved inadequate to treat. She eventually discovered alternative medicine, which helped her find relief from pain and inspired her to learn how to give others the same gift of healing.
And that's just what she strives for at Sacred Heart. With a mixture of empathy, compassion, and technique, Ashley works with each client to relieve their individual afflictions. One notable treatment is transformational bodywork, a treatment completely tailored to each individual, and one that draws from many different modalities to re-align the body and facilitate relief from chronic pain and tension. Raindrop therapy is another of Ashley's specialties, during which, she applies nine different essential oils to the feet and spine, helping to lengthen the spine and flush out dormant viruses and bacteria. For those looking for more traditional relief, Ashley also offers Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot stone massage, the latter of which uses oil lava stones to help melt tension and keep newly lightened spirits from floating off the table.
Working as a CPA, Alicia Doerr slowly began to realize that life behind a desk was not for her. So rather than crunching numbers, she decided to crunch pain and calories by returning to school to become a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. Today, Alicia helms her own massage and weight-management clinic, Naturally Balanced Body, where she helps clients find and maintain healthy lifestyles through massage therapy, diet, and exercise.
Alicia doles out deep-tissue and relaxation massages to alleviate aches and pains and boost circulation, and calls upon therapy massage to calm specific injuries and muscles with daddy issues. Under Alicia’s dotFit program, clients receive access to an online weight-management forum, where they can manage their caloric intake and expenditure and try out personalized recipes and exercise plans. Alicia also gets clients back on the exercise track with 30- and 50-minute personal-training sessions.
Lara Kistenmacher began focusing on skin when her own bout of rosacea caused her to become frustrated with prescriptions and pills. Now located inside Wholistic Health, she turns to the technological advances in the aesthetics industry to help her clients tend to a variety of skin woes, including signs of aging, damage, acne, and third nostrils. Her treatments range from four types of facial peels to those that use light therapy to create radiant, youthful glows.
Though licensed massage therapist Mike Forrest specializes in medical massage, his repertoire includes a number of different modalities. A member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Forrest employs deep-tissue, hot-stone, or sports techniques at his private studio. He also performs reiki energy sessions that can promote physical healing and a feeling of inner harmony comparable to sorting a box of Lucky Charms into color-coded marshmallow piles.
Kaylie Sampson was driven into the massage field by a profound aspiration to help others. After graduating from the Blue Sky School of Professional Massage in 2010, she became a licensed massage therapist, specializing in neuromuscular therapy. Now, amid the twinkling string lights of her own Massage Mission studio, Kaylie can ease long-held tension with flowing Swedish stokes, craniosacral and lymphatic therapy, or soothing hot stone bodywork.