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.
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.
Dr. Joseph Ripepi, the podiatrist behind Ripepi Foot & Ankle Clinics, Inc., has the clinical expertise to treat a variety of lower-limb maladies. After graduating from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Ripepi earned certification from the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and became a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. For close to two decades, the caring doctor has operated a solo practice and maintained medical privileges at several area hospitals. Dr. Ripepi also has completed specialty training in lasers, which he uses to dissolve nail fungus or remove shoes that are knotted too tight.
The staff at Custom Relaxation takes healing seriously: before each massage, a staff member assesses sensitivities and areas of pain to find their causes, and offers clients advice so they can extend relief between appointments. Each massage is customized to treat individual issues, whether that means working out stubborn knots or soothing the muscles and the mind with relaxing strokes. Hypnotherapy can help clients train their subconscious in breaking habits or changing behaviors.
Though originally developed for professional athletes, Athletes4Life, LLC?s massage programs aren?t just for those scoring touchdowns or putt-putting about town. Rather, the center?s licensed massage therapists fuse a range of modalities?including Swedish, Thai Yoga, and Hawaiian lomilomi?to inspire holistic health while quelling everyday stresses, aches, and pains. Of course, owner Jim does have a few specialties: obliterating migraine headaches and healing pain caused by neck, shoulder, and rotator-cuff problems.
Five-massage therapy packages are designed to compound the overall health benefits of massage over time, and ? la carte treatments can get the body prepped for a physically trying event, such as a 5K or Law & Order marathon. Jim also aims to boost immune systems with quick, 10-minute immune-system massages, and his specially formulated Caribbean Spice seasonings spice up everyday meals while promoting metabolism.