Terri Oviedo grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she cultivated a passion for holistic healing—a pastime that helped her get through cancer and helps her manage her diabetes. Massage aided her recovery, and so upon moving to Colorado she studied sports and deep-tissue massage at the Denver School of Massage Therapy. Now as a licensed massage therapist, Terri wields more than 10 modalities in her tool belt, such as hydrotherapy and shiatsu. She offers Brazilian toe massage, which soothes six meridians that connect organs like the invisible strings that still connect us to our mothers. Terri also helps veterans find relaxation and peace by offering her services to them at a reduced rate.
Before she became a licensed therapist, Jaime Castillo heard over and over again about the healing powers of massage. Seeing the results for herself compelled her to pursue a career in massage therapy, and today she helps clients get balanced with massage sessions instead of suggesting they sleep on tightropes. Each massage is tailored to the client's individual needs and Jaime draws from experience in a variety of modalities including myofascial release and trigger point therapy.
Although RockSalt Spa offers various types of massage including Thai and LeStone, its signature and unique treatment is salt therapy. Also known as halotherapy, salt therapy creates an anti-inflammatory environment that is beneficial to those suffering from allergies and other respiratory problems. During 45-minute sessions in a salt-therapy room, clients simply breathe in the micronized salt air which helps clear out bacteria, excess mucus, and any Legos they may have inhaled as a child. The therapy has been credited for relieving various ailments of the lungs; it may even help treat bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections.
Traditional Chinese medicine is built on the belief that healing begins when the two forces at work within the body settle into equilibrium. The practitioners at Berkeley Community Acupuncture and Massage trust this holistic principle will overcome their modern patients’ afflictions just like it did for those who practiced it before “ouch” was even assigned a petroglyph. Their acupuncture and massage treatments cure pain and disease from the inside out, and whereas acupuncture enlists thin needles to rebalance the flow of energy through the body, massage does the same thing using gentle kneading motions. Clients can combine the techniques or select just one in order to help ease digestive and respiratory disorders or simply diminish the stress of daily life.
Though they tap into nearly 20 combined years of experience, aesthetician Ashley Lybarger and reflexologist Lonnie Fletcher are students of their own crafts. Ashley stays abreast of beauty trends and products while expanding her menu of gel manicures and pedicures and deep-cleansing facials. Lonnie testifies to the effectiveness of reflexology by receiving it regularly. Through a relaxing pressure-point massage, he attempts to harmonize the body by manipulating the nerve endings in the hands and feet that correspond to various areas.
The massage therapists at A Healing Touch provide full-body massages, customizing each one so that they can focus on their clients’ specific areas of stress and pain. Whether they’re doling out Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone massages, they pay attention to problem areas and apply careful pressure that soothes tense muscles and creates relaxing experiences.