Massage therapist Nikki Insley knows all about stiff backs. As a former truck driver, she regularly logged long hours of sitting behind the wheel and often found herself unable to move at the end of hauls. She began to rely on massage therapy to extinguish the stiffness and pain that had settled into her lower back, and eventually chose to hang up her keys and become a therapist herself.
Drawing on years of hands-on experience in spas and chiropractic offices, Nikki unties muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages. She believes that a great massage allows patients to trust the therapist and relax completely, letting go of stressful thoughts and persistent fears that someday, cows will want their milk back.
Although her studio remains as clean as it was in the days when it served as a doctor's office, it has replaced the cold, clinical feel with soothing creams, greens, and browns. A burbling fountain greets clients in the reception area, its gurgling blending with the sound of soothing music as guests enter the blue and green private treatment room.
Dedicated massotherapist Jean Rowe deftly kneads aching muscles in modalities ranging from the fluid, gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the more intense, targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Rowe enhances her kneadings with aromatherapeutic oils and calming music and raids pet-rock zoos for basalt stones to use during hot-stone massages. A Quiet Spirit Massotherapy’s ionic-spa foot detoxes draw out impurities with negative ions, and herbal wraps cocoon bodies with green clay and heated blankets to break up cellulite.
Having garnered certifications from NSCA and AFAA to complement her degree in exercise science, the founder of Armstrong Health & Fitness, Randi Armstrong, pushes clients toward fitter physiques with 17 years' worth of personal-training know-how. Randi rounds out an experienced staff of health experts who captain specialized classes, boot-camp programs, and nutrition seminars. Armstrong's Basic Training Gym permits visitors to fight through lifts in an intimate setting patrolled by professionals, all of whom will readily dispense advice on proper technique and the magic number of reps needed to turn biceps into actual pythons. With a roster of programs that accommodates all ages, athletic endeavors, and results-based goals, the staff strives to remodel figures according to each patron's physical aims.
At the full-service spa, licensed massage therapist and proprietor Mary Daniels emphasizes the importance of all-natural and non-invasive stress-relief methods that range from yoga to reiki to reflexology. All of Mary Therapy's therapeutic massages include a calming foot soak sprinkled with sea salt. Her Swedish massage can help stimulate blood circulation and distribute oxygen throughout the body with the help of soothing oils or lotions. The hot-stone version uses smooth instruments to enhance the effect of the massage. Two Yelpers testify that Mary's methods have a proven success record in reducing pain and speeding up the injury recovery process and that the studio provides a quiet environment perfect for complete relaxation. Appointments are required at the mini-spa, which is open Tuesday through Saturday.
Licensed massage therapist Ken Bowersox Jr. relies on his own expertise as well as the body's reflexes to ease the pain of injury. During his neuromuscular-therapy sessions, he often utilizes ortho-bionomy—the art of further contracting a muscle that is causing imbalance within the bones of a joint. This method prompts the muscle to complete its contraction and undergo release. Though he specializes in this type of trigger-point work, he also administers massages designed for relaxation, such as Swedish and hot-stone modalities. Additionally, he performs reiki, which aims to regulate the flow of energy throughout the body with the light laying on of hands.
Bred as half salon, half spa, Scott Talbot Salonspa overhauls men's and women's stale looks with a menu of hair, nail, and skin treatments. Armed with products by Redken, Pureology, and Moroccanoil, stylists enhance hair color with highlights and gray blending or break into a cutting frenzy by snipping off split ends or transforming floor-length hair into chic bobs to ward off overly aggressive princes. Cushy pedicure chairs line the nail area, where technicians push back encroaching cuticles and embellish fingers and toes with polish and acrylic fills. Aestheticians and massage therapists guide guests into a quiet spa room for one of five specialty facials or a Swedish massage.