Licensed massage therapist Tom Coates knows something about sore muscles. As a dedicated marathon runner, he engages his entire body in endurance contests that grind away at legs and torsos for extended periods of time—that’s where a soothing massage swoops in like a half-falcon medicine man. With 15 years of experience under his palms and elbows, Tom shares the muscle-mending techniques that have kept him active and running.
An expert in a range of massage modalities, Tom can customize massages to accommodate each client’s individual issues by blending strokes from Swedish, deep-tissue, and other styles. Whereas localized soreness may require elements of focused or deep-tissue massage, general tension can abate under the far-ranging strokes of Swedish massage, or if clients lay in a body-length box full of whale songs.
At Chaney's Natural, revitalizing the body is about more than muscle manipulation. Of course, the massage team commands an array of hands-on modalities designed to ease pain and promote relaxation, including Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and even energy-based reiki sessions. But the studio goes beyond outer relaxation by offering nutritional counseling services and mind-centering activities such as yoga classes, drum circles, and posing really hard riddles. Chaney's spans two locations and its Monongahela office is completely handicap-accessible, down to its wheelchair-friendly hydraulic massage bed.
Synergy Fitness and Spa's attentive staff pampers the feet of client duos in side-by-side pedicures that leave pavement pounders buffed, moisturized, and artfully adorned with fresh coats of polish. The spa allows guests to bring their own bottles of wine from which to sip during the service, during which friends, couples, or rival cola-company executives sit back and relax for 45–60 minutes of feet-beautifying attention. Technicians spruce up nails and tidy cuticles before administering a sugar-scrub exfoliation and relaxing massage. After a moisturizing paraffin treatment, digit decorators then polish nails in the patrons' desired hues to match favorite colors or tie-dyed wedding gowns. Patrons receive these ministrations while perched on comfy, side-by-side European Touch thrones.
All About Massage and Wellness's licensed therapists unburden weary physiques and consciences with a slate of soothing rubdowns performed with eco-friendly products. Six kinds of massages and an online inventory of bath products and lotions help clients experience spa-grade treatments in their own bathtubs as well as the center's two locations. Four types of aromatherapy can compliment massages or infuse lotions with ingredients such as ylang-ylang or eucalyptus; these blends help unwind tense muscles or boost immune systems without having to disguise vitamins in a plate of orzo pasta.
Dr. Ted Steliotes and his friendly staff assuage dental anxiety with general and cosmetic dentistry performed in a luxurious spa. Lit by brilliant chandeliers, a soothing fountain quietly laps as patients sink into plush, marshmallow-lined chairs in Steliotes Dental Spa's relaxing waiting room. During the comprehensive dental exam, tooth technicians investigate oral interiors, gently poking with sanitized instruments to detect dental distress and to tickle laughing devices. A full series of intraoral x-rays helps pinpoint problems lurking beneath the smile's surface, uncovering cavities and screening for signs of oral cancer. A hand massage pampers tired paws during the thorough cleaning, as Dr. Steliotes and his team floss between teeth and scrub and rinse enamel to purge popcorn kernels, plaque, tartar, and residual orange peels from childhood soccer-game halftimes. Steliotes Dental Spa's mouth menders also consult patients on the spa's Botox and Invisalign treatments for no additional charge and welcome each visitor to soak up the indulgent ambience while sipping a beverage from the coffee and juice bar.
Tricia Gilbert understands relaxation. A nationally certified massage therapist, she relieves aches and tension with modalities ranging from soothing Swedish to more therapeutic neuromuscular techniques. But she also promotes wellness with less common styles, such as reflexology, Chinese cupping, and even cellulite-smoothing skinny massage. For evidence of Tricia's knot-untangling skills, look no further than the football field—she attended the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp to provide rejuvenating sports massages.