The professional muscle kneaders at Effleurage Massage Therapy & Bodywork aim to ease tension and promote wellness from the outside-in. They’ve mastered a quintet of styles—Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, sports, and chair massage—that they tailor to each client’s particular aches. The company’s list of post-massage benefits rings true to many previous clients, who have experienced first-hand the boost of energy, improved joint flexibility, and limbo-contest prowess that come with each massage.
When Kimberly Schadewald won a gift certificate for a massage, she wasn’t just winning free relief from stress. She was winning relief from the chronic pain that had plagued her since a work injury when she was 16. It also led her to discover a calling to heal others in the same way. Before founding 5 Points Wellness LLC, she studied Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy at the Gentle Healing School of Massage before attending Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to study reiki. Equipped with this knowledge and experience, Schadewald helps clients alternatively manage and prevent pain through massage services with amenities such as a heated cherry stone pillow that eases areas of deep tension. She also works with children over the age of 6 to eradicate the daily stress of growing older, going to school, and cat fighting with imaginary friends.
David Marron remembers a day when he was in middle school, kneeling atop a pew during Mass and clasping his hands together in prayer. His back, already strained at a young age from participating in a number of sports, sent pulses of pain to his knees. The pain overwhelmed him and he fainted, startling the Catholic-school peers around him. David's mother, concerned for the wellbeing of her son, decided to take him to a chiropractor. The treatments quickly helped to rebuild the strength in his body, and sparked young David's desire to pursue a career in chiropractic.
Since becoming a board-certified chiropractor in 1984, Doctor of Chiropractic David Marron has completed numerous post-graduate studies, garnered several certifications, and opened a center focused on treating ailments with a combination of holistic modalities. The team at Marron Wellness Center creates personalized healing plans for patients of all ages, whose aches and pains may meet their fate with any blend of techniques from chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, and massage therapy.
The facility houses multiple treatment rooms, including three chiropractic rooms, two acupuncture rooms, and one decompression room, plus two separate waiting areas to ensure that all visitors can score a seat for themselves and their favorite cat figurine.
Upon discovering her talent for massage, Amy Richardson earned her license and set up shop in a little nook within a yoga studio. She selected this location because she believes that both yoga and massage therapy restore balance and anchor you in the present moment more effectively than steel boots. The sultry scent of nag champa permeates the space along with the soothing sounds of nature and wind chimes. Amy kneads muscles with all-natural grape-seed, jojoba, and coconut oils, and can enhance these oils with aromatherapy calibrated to individual emotional needs, physiological issues, or favorite scratch-and-sniff stickers. Though she specializes in lomilomi, reiki, and myofascial relief, Amy customizes each session to the individual. Her favorite part of the job is seeing the smiles on people’s faces after they leave her enclave—Amy particularly cherishes the memory of a beefy trucker who’d grudgingly come to a session at the behest of his girlfriend and left saying he felt “like a butterfly.”
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Kelly Lamicella has spent the past two decades in the salon industry, cultivating a loyal client base and assembling a team of experienced stylists and spa experts. While primping coiffures, her team uses products such as Redken and Keratin Complex to tint and smooth tendrils. Kelly's nail techs slather talons with CND Shellac polish, and her aestheticians use GloMinerals and Glow Skin Care products to cleanse, embellish, and tag epidermises before releasing them back into the wild. The symphony of rejuvenation culminates with a crescendo of massage played by therapists familiar with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques.