The loyal staffers at Finishing Touch Spa & Salon?many of whom have been at the salon-spa since its inception 30 years ago?beautify bodies in a soothing, tropical-theme atmosphere. On the salon floor, a consultation kicks off hair appointments before nationally certified Redken stylists shampoo strands, lop off locks, and then style them with a blow dryer or a ride in a convertible. In the spa's private treatment rooms, Finishing Touch?s Caribbean flair helps guests to leave the concrete world outside and escape to an oasis of soothing hues and tropical-island wall hangings as they prep for anti-aging facial treatments, mud wraps, body waxing, or massage-therapy services. Before treatments, guests are encouraged to sip complimentary beverages while guessing which of the spa?s ubiquitous plants have recently been shampooed.
Dr. Ida Pauline Rolf battled adversity as a woman in the field of science while striving to discover elusive solutions to chronic health problems. Her perseverance paid off, resulting in her eponymous discovery, Rolfing, which manipulates the connective tissues of the body to promote overall health and well-being. Today, The Rolfing Burds is only one of thousands of institutions to continue her legacy. Rolfers knead the soft tissues throughout the body with advanced and unique massage techniques, introducing manifold benefits to the body such as revitalizing energy, restoring lost flexibility, and alleviating pain. The benefits come from aligning the body with gravity's natural pull, which helps the body's natural healing processes work without hindrance.
At Cloud Nine Float Center, visitors experience weightlessness without having to leave the earth. They climb into the Tranquility Tank, a chamber brimming with 10 inches of warm water and 660 pounds of epsom salt. The salt’s immediate purpose is two-fold: to keep guests floating on their backs and nourish the skin without causing pruning. The combination of soothing salt and balmy water can also assuage multiple afflictions, which range from stress and insomnia to arthritis and back pain. It’s even believed to help ease anger and boost concentration and energy.
The tank attendant customizes sessions by allowing guests to opt for music or silence and open and close the hatch as they wish. Clients can also use a pillow to keep their ears and the family gems hidden within above water.
The Mindful Body’s staff of trained massage therapists and yoga teachers exhibit expertise in holistic practices, such as Ayurvedic medicine, yoga practice, massage, and hydrotherapy. This is the basis of the wide range of bodywork and lifestyle-education sessions offered at the center. Eight types of massage, including Zen shiatsu, deep tissue, and prenatal, can be enhanced with organic essential oils from Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary. Nutritional counseling sessions give clients custom menus in line with Ayurvedic principles. In keeping with the spirit of inclusivity, the center is equipped with ample wheelchair accessibility and free parking.
?What I really like about Zen Shiatsu is it combines the effectiveness of acupuncture with the feel ? of a massage, so you get the best of both worlds.? This is how Boulder Zen Shiatsu founder Dale Hicks describes his unique treatments, which he learned in part from the creator of another style of shiatsu therapy. Similar to the way needles are used in acupuncture, Dale uses his fingers to manipulate energy flow through meridians, and he uses open hands?and elbows and knees?to knead muscles, a common practice in massage. For many clients, the result is comprehensive relief not just from muscular tension, but also from ailments such as low energy, poor digestion, and migraines. Dale has been practicing zen shiatsu for nearly 20 years, and in that time has learned to incorporate the healing techniques of his other areas of expertise, including yoga, tai chi, and band-aid application.
Beams of sunlight pierce through high-raised windows in Lightbody Therapeutics’ waiting area, placing clients at ease while they wait to be led to a private massage room. After clients slide beneath sheets woven from 100% natural fibers, one of Lightbody’s trained therapists begins the muscle-melting treatment by using specific styles and works to suit each guest's comfort level. In addition to their advanced training in orthopedic massage, Lightbody’s therapists employ the eco-friendly powers of organic, hypoallergenic, and paraben-free products, including massage oils, lotions, and creams snatched from Mother Nature’s bathroom cabinet.