Auburn Massage Centre was established in 2007 by co-founders Laura Buchs-Hall and Sarah Lapadot in an effort to share the healing powers of massage therapy and bodywork. During the past five years, AMC's staff has continued to bloom alongside its selection of services, which now range from standard massages to skincare treatments with Lara Teague, who uses Image skincare products.
In nature, stones are usually treaded on by the masses as they lie forgotten on the ground. But inside The Wellness Center, stones take center stage during massage sessions. They are heated with care and gently slid along body canvases, lulling tense muscles into relaxation. The massage therapists also incorporate essential oils and salt scrubs into their kneading sessions and slather mud masks over faces for added relaxation.
Using organic massage lotions and essential oils, owner and massage therapist Melanie Herendeen aims to provide pain relief to clients suffering from a variety of ailments. Her specialized treatments aim to address pain caused by migraines, carpal-tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, rotator-cuff injuries, and sciatica syndrome. In addition, she offers services to increase her clients’ level of relaxation, such as reflexology and volcanic hot-stone massages.
Licensed massage therapist Val Kobelja unearths the silver linings in achy muscle clouds with her therapeutic massage techniques. Clients may also solicit Val for an integrated massage package with indulgent add-ons such as hot-stone therapy and sugar-scrub treatments to cleanse and exfoliate.
First Impressions is an Aveda spa and salon offering a potpourri of hair services, body-care treatments, and spa therapy. Embark on a journey to noodle-nest stylishness with a haircut ($32 and up for women, $22 and up for men) or a special-occasion updo ($60 and up). All hair services are accompanied by a consultation, an Aveda stress-relieving treatment, and an herbal shampoo. If you’d rather not have hair, First Impressions can take it away with sugaring or Aveda plant wax ($35 and up for legs, $10 and up for chins). Sad sections of skin can be rejuvenated with an eye-zone wrap ($25) or a 30-minute pure-focus facial ($25), complete with makeup application. A manicure ($24) or pedicure ($42 and up) will curb uncontrolled nail growth before your hands and feet tie themselves into a hopelessly twisted knot of keratin. To calm anxious muscles, opt for an hour-long relaxation massage ($50) or hot-stone therapy ($80).
After graduating from Fort Wayne’s own Center for Vital Living, Vicki Salzbrun opened her massage-therapy practice at the stunning Lotus Yoga, Wellness, & Gallery. With her 800 hours of massage study and 200 hours of training as a yoga instructor, Vicki fit right in with the center’s cooperative of wellness professionals, all of whom specialize in fields such as personal training, chiropractic care, yoga, and massage.
The huge, airy studio—whose walls hold numerous pieces of eclectic contemporary art—continues to serve as the home of Vicki’s massage-therapy business, Full Circle Wellness. Balancing this business with full-time studies at IPFW has taught her to attend to her own wellness as she shoos away stressors that arise from work and school. She imparts these stress-management skills to clients in wellness assessments that analyze the body and mind to help develop achievable lifestyle goals. To further demonstrate her breadth of knowledge, Vicki also heals energies with Japanese reiki therapy, guides students down meditative pathways during private yoga sessions, and periodically challenges her fellow yogis to interminable games of Twister.