Aloha Healing Spa's director, Deborah Frazier, has seen the beauty industry from a variety of angles. As an international model, she knows the value of confidence and having a successful glamour team, insights she further combined with technical know-how by becoming a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist. Her time spent as a dancer gave her experience in maintaining her poise and grace, and practicing healing arts equipped her to help herself and others find peace and recuperation through alternative means. With this wealth of experience, she repairs and rejuvenates clients by exfoliating skin with chemical peels, unknotting muscles during raindrop therapy massages, and instilling calm through healing arts sessions. She also spends a portion of her time passing her skills onto future professionals at Polished by Deborah, a finishing school that focuses on career development, personal presentation, etiquette and ethics.
Within his studio, Gary Remes, a second generation massage therapist, works to restore balance to bodies using a unique technique he created called Neuro-Fascial Re-Education. Remes perfected this technique over the years by drawing on his 25 years of massage experience. Taught at the Namti School of Massage and in Sedona, Arizona, the technique combines acupressure, myofascial release, and other healing methods, tailored to soothe a wide range of emotional and mental stressors, including carpel tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, postural problems, and TMJ. A graduate of the St. Jude Medical Center’s Chronic Pain program, he draws on extensive work and training experience with John Barnes PT; Dr. Gustave Suffin MD,DO; Dr. Karen Lee, OMD; Reggie Griffin and Danielle Boyer, Doctors of Chiropractic; as well as his grandfather and uncle to assess or treat chronic pain.
The massage therapists of Boulder Massage & NeuroMuscular Therapy possess different skills and backgrounds, but work toward a single goal: to relieve stress and chronic pain. Jason Summers specializes in treatment-oriented massage, while Zeona McIntyre excels in combining orthopedic work and Swedish massage. Lauren McWilliams also has a knack for rooting out pain, exercising her talents with myoskeletal therapy to gently realign the spine.
The practitioners respect each client's investment by devoting the entire session to massage, with time only deducted for undressing or sharing knock-knock jokes. Additionally, they support the community by volunteering at nonprofit organizations and hosting interns from local schools.
To secure its position as the best massage clinic of 2010, Massage Specialist presented Boulder Weekly with a suite of services that went beyond the basics. The clinic's therapists practice more than 10 massage styles including classic modalities (e.g., Swedish, deep tissue, and sports) as well as uncommon therapies (e.g., manual lymphatic drainage, infant massage, and shiatsu). Most treatments incorporate the clinic's signature water-dispersible oils and lotions that do not stain clothing but may dissolve witches. They prep for appointments by draping treatment beds with fresh, clean linens, and educating guests on therapies that suit their personal ailments. Aside from massage therapy, the clinic offers spinal adjustments, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and herbal consultations.
The massages that take place at A Mindful Body unite a wide range of healing techniques. Tailoring each session to the client's unique needs, the massage therapists might use the soothing kneads of Swedish massage or locally purchased, therapeutic-grade essential oils. They focus on using techniques that use the body's own healing potential, whether the goal of the session is to ease tension, a backache, or a migraine. The center's experienced bodywork expert brings with her a special interest in pre- and postpartum massage, having founded a postnatal program at Aspen Valley Hospital and attended massage school while in her mother's womb.
Jackie Bernhardt first started looking at her life differently when she attended an Access Consciousness seminar. The foundational principle of this new way of looking at the world is to think of your attitudes, beliefs, and decisions as bars of energy that can be interpreted and ultimately changed. Jackie introduces these ideas to others with her classes.