Everyone knows pain, but few understand it like Megan Crookshanks. A severe car accident caused fractures in her wrist and spine and led to three years of physical therapy in order to effectively restore function and motion. Massage and structural treatments were key in her lengthy recovery process. Afterwards, she was inspired to forward her healing experience to others in need, whether they're seeking relief from day-to-day stress or a debilitating injury.
In addition to training at the Professional Massage Training Center, Megan is also a licensed therapist and a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. During her sessions—which take place within Essential Yoga—Megan massages feet with acupressure techniques, dissembles tension with Swedish massage and myofascial release, and leads clients in soothing breathing patterns. When she isn't kneading sinews or dissolving gummy worms in 2-liter bottles of Fresca, Megan also practices Reiki, a technique that bolsters healing and optimizes the body's energy pathways.
Inside its serene studio, Essential Yoga guides groups toward health and wellness with more than 10 different yoga classes, including multiple threads of Vinyasa and an intro to Ashtanga. The facility's roster of passionate instructors acts as a source of constant encouragement, and a flexible schedule of daily classes bends to accomodate students of all experience levels. To kick workout routines up a notch, Essential Yoga also offers energized sessions of Zumba.
The licensed massage therapists at Soul Shine Spa & Wellness mend muscles with flowing Swedish strokes, reflexology, and Thai stretch bodywork. Clients can also request undulgent add-ons such as hot stones and lavender aromatherapy. The environmentally-conscious spa uses petroleum-free eco-fin products and biodegradable plastics.
At Aura Face + Body, beer isn’t just for drinking—the beauty pros use the enzyme-laden beverage to refresh faces during special home-brew express facials. It is just one of the many eclectic and organic products used during the spa's facial, makeup, massage, and waxing services. Coconut and hazelnut oils create a skin cream, and dried herbs combine with aromatic oils during custom facials. The pros use 100% plant-extract wax to remove unwanted facial and body hair, and they incorporate shea butter and essential oils into massages. The altruistic staff also donates 5% of every purchase to charity.
Jamie Fleetwood liked working as an esthetician at Art Salon & Spa so much that she bought the beautifying business in 2010. Along with her staff of fellow estheticians, stylists, makeup artists, and massage therapists, Fleetwood pampers her clients inside the newly renovated, sun-drenched space. Her aesthetic touch might only be matched by that space’s decor: it’s accented with sleek hardwood floors, verdant plants, and earth tones as warm as a made-for-TV movie about dogs that adopt other dogs. Among these scenic fixtures, the team renders a slate of services in the form of facials, Shellac manicures, therapeutic massages, and highlights.