What would be the point of treating pain if the cause of discomfort is allowed to continue? That's the central question behind the method at LaFrance Wellness, where most courses of treatment begin with a thorough assessment to reveal underlying habits or problems with posture. Only then will the team begin to use a variety of techniques—which include lymphatic drainage, Swedish massage, and alignments—to treat the ailment.
Derek Ramsey's interest in kinesiology and anatomy—as well as his desire to help others find freedom from pain and stress—nudged him toward a career in massage therapy. After graduating from the Southeastern Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy, he opened Allay Massage, where he cossets muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue techniques amid lime-green and yellow walls. Upon arrival, clients sip on complimentary water and then spend 10 minutes talking with Derek, coming to an agreement about the goals for the session. When the massage concludes, Derek spends another 10 minutes reviewing the session and offering clients tips for better posture and health. Clients can also opt to become a member to help keep costs down, postures up, and unionized vertebrae happy.
The philosophy of the Physician's Plan staff maintains that obesity, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or disco fever, is a disease rather than a failure of willpower. They take a multifaceted approach to weight loss, assigning each patient a personal counselor to provide support in the areas of behavior modification and nutrition. Custom plans might also incorporate tools such as lipotropic injections or medications. As a reward for their successes, patients can also schedule spa services including exfoliating HydraFacials, chemical peels, and massages, or ensure faces match their trim, youthful bodies with Juvéderm, Botox, or Radiesse.
After being laid off from his engineering job, Nelson Berry decided to open Stonehaven Massage & Spa. Now, more than two years later, Berry presides over a Stonehaven location that is as luxurious to lounge in as a private jet parked in a giant jacuzzi. In the stonework lobby, flowers cluster around mirrors and pitchers of lemon water. Murals of waterfalls and oceans signal the themes of each treatment room, where clients can relax during massage modalities ranging from traditional Swedish to deep tissue massage. From there, aestheticians can take over with facials or waxing services.
At Body Work Therapeutic Massage, located inside Strandz Salon & Spa, licensed massage therapist Mark Lechtner turns tense muscles buttery soft with four different types of massages. A private room protects Mark and his clients from noise, distractions, and aggressive encyclopedia salesmen during the consultation and the 30- to 120-minute massages. In addition to classic styles such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, Mark is proficient in mu-xing therapy—a treatment that uses heated tools made of rosewood and bamboo to help heal deeper muscle layers–and offers other services such as postural assessments and orthopedic assessments.