Lava Massage Studio owner Laura Pacanin helms a team of licensed massage therapists, all of whom share her belief in massage’s unique ability to relieve stress and stimulate the body's natural healing processes. At sessions held in your home or in one of the studio’s private rooms, the therapists draw on their knowledge of Eastern and Western healing modalities to dissipate buildups of tension. Their signature Thai massages incorporate elements of yoga and acupuncture to balance the body’s out-of-whack energies; hot-stone massages take it a step further, combining Thai strokes with the soothing warmth of heated basalt stones. Among the modalities more commonly seen in a Western spa, sports massages help the body recover from injuries incurred while slam-dunking or arm-wrestling with the opposing team’s mascot.
Laura and her crew supplement their bodywork treatments with add-ons such as exfoliating foot scrubs and migraine therapy. After your appointment, visit the studio’s shop to stock up on unconventional beauty products such as goat's-milk soap and housemade sugar scrubs.
The owners of Lava Tanning & Massage stock their storefront with premium UV beds, as well as offer UV-free spray tanning procedures, earning their Salem location a spot on Looking Fit magazine's list of the Top 250 tanning salons in 2009. During visits, staffers help guests fight cellulite with a botanically based body wrap, combat stress with a massage, or work to diminish wrinkles and ill-mannered comparisons to shar-peis with a red-light therapy session.
Bliss Healing Center's owner believes that relaxation and health go hand in hand. Helping their patrons attain both, the center offers treatments that banish stress and fill bodies with good vibes using 100% organic coconut oil, essential oils, and sprays. Reflexology opens energetic pathways with stimulation of the feet, hands, and head, and relaxation massage uses broad, gentle strokes to lull minds into peaceful reveries. Based on the idea of healing life energy in every body, reiki aims to recharge guests' internal batteries in a more laid-back way than gnawing on power cables. Those seeking even greater levels of relaxation can trick out their massages with hot stones and deep-tissue strokes that unlock kinked-up muscles with concentrated pressure.
After 20 years in the medical-records business, Cathy Mlady decided to step out from behind the clipboard and put her understanding of medical conditions to better use. Now with massage license in hand, Cathy helps people directly, combining myofascial release and triggerpoint therapy with energy-based techniques to soothe lower-layer hurts and ease muscular aches. In addition to offering holistic services such as a foot-bath detoxification or lifeforce cleansing reiki, Cathy aims to improve range of motion in struggling limbs, and range of emotion in struggling actors with the long, flowing stokes of a Swedish massage.
You won't find much in the way of chemicals and surgical implements at Richfield Natural Health Center, whose therapists believe that natural and preventative healthcare is the answer to most afflictions. Given their results, it's difficult to argue. They work closely with clients and their physicians, developing custom plans to help tackle issues ranging from stress to chronic pain. Through treatments such as reflexology and elemental aromatherapy, they help clients relax more effectively than squeezing a pillow or screaming into a stress ball.
The technicians at Extasis Salon & Spa draw from years of experience and training—with such major brands as Bioelements, Matrix, Sexy Hair, and most recently their own organic skin care lines—to create a place where every client feels unique. A member of the guest service staff pairs each guest with the beauty professional best suited to bring the client's vision to life. During an initial consultation, beauty professionals discuss their specialized skills and the client's desired service. This personalized care fulfills the salon's promise to make sure no client feels like a number, not even the series of ones and zeros that androids process to understand human love. The technicians work separately from the aestheticians and massage therapists in Extasis's 5,000-square-foot hair studio and private spa, named one of Cleveland's top 15 day spas by the Fox 8 Hotlist. Technicians design and color hair in the airy studio, and aestheticians and massage therapists perform body therapies inside treatment areas that are kept private and are decorated with gentle soothing tones to create a more serene experience.