Over the past 10 years, massage therapist Marli Benedict has honed and perfected her knot-banishing skills through a bevy of continuing-education courses in the United States and in Costa Rica. Her arsenal of techniques includes Swedish massage, hot-stone, acupressure, and Thai massage, ensuring that she has the tools to ease discomfort in nearly every client. To thoroughly manipulate tense muscles, Marli keeps her own sinews strong by exercising regularly and practicing massage on anxious mounds of pie dough.
Experienced massage therapist Angie Strickland addresses each client's personal problem spots with Swedish, deep-tissue, or medical massages, selecting the best type to optimize back bliss or ameliorate recurring issues. Swedish massages are customized based on pressure preferences ranging from deep kneading to the same soft strokes commonly practiced on sleeping marshmallows. The firm pressure of deep-tissue massage coddles damaged tissue and targets pain locked inside frames to help heal sore spots and relieve pain. A range of other therapeutic techniques—including neuromuscular, myofascial, and cupping—cosset frames during medical massages. These targeted strokes help soothe aching necks and melt shoulders frozen during sparring matches with snowmen. Hot towels keep massaged muscles warm, loose, and reveling in the afterglow of prolonged relaxation.
Together Drs. Ho and Q boast more than 25 years of experience as practicing chiropractors. During this time, they have come to understand the importance of fusing their expertise with a friendly staff and gentle treatments to maximize their patients’ experiences. With these tenets at heart, they administer spinal and postural screenings and adjustments along with corrective exercise classes, lifestyle workshops, and nutritional counseling to provide a holistic approach to wellness.
After graduating from the Sananda Holistic Health program—an intensive training regimen that demands more than 500 hours of hands-on practice—therapist Christina M. Rios was anxious to put her hard-earned skills into practice. Between earning additional certifications in pain management, pregnancy massage, and elder-care massage, she founded Advanced Massage Concepts, where today she helms a staff of experienced therapists with a combined 20 years of experienced and more than 2,000 hours of instruction.
Accumulated stresses dissolve in the center’s private treatment rooms, where music, dimmed lights, and fresh robes conspire to create a relaxing experience. Though anxieties stand no chance against their nimble hands, the therapists specialize in healing specific injuries. The focused pressures of deep-tissue massage or the all-around techniques of Swedish massage—to name only a few—help clients recover from automobile crashes and workplace accidents that commonly result from arm-wrestling peers for promotions.
Intrigue’s hosts a staff of trained aestheticians who feed famished facades hydrating facials to prevent them from crumbling under the weight of their coiffures. The facial first cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes so that faces can share the youthful exuberance of a bibbed hatchling, followed by a knot-zapping neck and shoulder massage and a gentle mask. The ultimate facial offers mugs the same mollycoddling as its younger sibling, but extends the massage to the lower legs, feet, arms, and mitten fillers. Body kneading is also combined with lavender aromatherapy to create a sweet-smelling, soothing experience akin to swimming with Swedish Fish. Lavish skin services are bolstered by Intrigue's chic cocoon of relaxation, where dusty wine-colored walls complement modish leather seating as handsomely as a top hat complements a runaway rabbit. Groupon holders looking to extend their sit in the lap of luxury can receive 25% off any hair service scheduled on the same day as their facial.
Tucked inside the colonial-Spanish-style façade of The Oasis Salon Suites and Spa, Tranquil Touch Therapeutic Massage strives to be an oasis of relaxation. Owner Nelda N. Mar, LMT, takes a holistic approach to wellness, enhancing her therapeutic, Swedish, deep-tissue, and other specialized massage services with stress-relieving aromatherapy.