At Back Health Care, massage therapist Gigi Lee treats ailments that range from common back pain to isolated incidents of whiplash. Depending on the patient's condition, she'll dole out the most appropriate massage, such as a Swedish massage for stress or a deep-tissue massage for pent-up tension. And though Gigi can manage just fine with her hands alone, hot stones from middle Earth are available to amplify the therapy.
Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.
Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.
Hong Kong Style Bodywork strives to balance the body’s chi through massages from modalities such as deep tissue, Thai pressure, and hot stone. Additional treatments include acupressure healing touch and reflexology, and to further spur harmony and wellness, they incorporate Chinese herbs, moxibustion, and cupping treatments.
Over the past 17 years, David Cobb has added a host of clinical bodywork certifications to his massage therapy diploma. That's why, in addition to relaxation massages, clients also rely on him for deep-tissue, sports, and myofascial therapy. Cobb is also an expert at The Rolf Method of Structural Integration—a form of deep bodywork that improves alignment and function by releasing restrictions within the body's connective tissue system. Structural Integration sessions also rely on gravity to help achieve results, just like a billionaire who’s trying to get his pet monkey off a chandelier.
Licensed massage therapist Lucy Lu Allen trained with experts in Chinese Tui-Na, Qi Gong, and Thai bodywork to learn their techniques firsthand. She employs those skills, along with therapeutic massages such as deep-tissue or trigger point therapy, to help sweep away tension and aches. Her acupressure therapy sessions also help alleviate fatigue and purge the body of toxins and old homework papers.
The massage practice of Life Energy Massage's Joe Chan and his staff is rooted in the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. During acupressure massage, their nimble hands focus on points that can reopen energy channels, prompting the body to release toxins, stimulate circulation, and come back into balance. These sessions can range from fostering relaxation with soothing pressure to more intense therapy to relieve chronic pain. Though trained in Eastern techniques, the therapists are also well-versed in Western modalities, and will perform a deep-tissue massage or reflexology if requested or a sports massage if you're bored in right field.