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.
Developed by biochemist Ida P. Rolf, the practice of Rolfing sets out to restore balance to misaligned bodies. As a certified Rolfer, Ryu Koyama works on bringing about this balance through the hands-on manipulation of connective tissues. Ryu often performs these treatments in series of 10, working strategically from the surface layer of connective tissues on to the deeper core layers. The end goal is to improve the range of motion and to have all parts of the body working together as a whole, just like all the tiny people working inside a Swiss watch.
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.
Greek-born master aesthetician Marianna Ali draws upon 50 years of experience to lead her amiable staff in basting bodies with a slew of soothing medi-spa services. Reward respectful mugs with the Express LED Light Therapy facial ($75 value), which peppers pelts with beams of photons in specific wavelengths, designed to help alleviate acne and the effects of aging such as sun damage, pigmentation problems, and collagen depletion. Mottled countenances also glean the Skin Scan, a UV light that illuminates problem areas and crime scene Kool-Aid spills ($25 value).
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.
Registered nurse, certified midwife, and certified laser specialist Michelle Hartman helms You Living Younger—but for all her mainstream credentials, she embraces alternative treatments. Rather than relying on pharmaceuticals, Hartman’s wellness center focuses on remedies that range from natural supplements to body-balancing technology, in an attempt to create of community of individuals who want to change the status quo in healthcare and take control of their own health and well being. Regardless of whether she’s overseeing detoxifying infrared sauna sessions or ionic footbaths, Hartman focuses on prevention and custom care, a style far preferable to just prescribing either crutches or Band-Aids to everyone.