The stylists and aestheticians at the full-service Salon West and Body Works Spa aim to make clients feel beautiful, empowered, and worthy of every minute of pampering. They perform a variety of services to help purge minds and bodies of impurities, from microcurrent facials to acne-clearing scrubs. The salon’s master stylists shampoo and blow-dry hair before sculpting it into busts of George Washington, and steady-handed nail technicians tend to hands and feet with luxurious manicures and pedicures.
From the comforts of a private room inside Amazon Tan and Fitness, Brookfield Massage gently alleviates pain and coaxes muscles out of their tense shells using eight massage techniques from deep-tissue to the use of hot stones. Brookfield Massage effectively communicates with a variety of clients to achieve the most beneficial massage experience.
Muscle knots. Chronic aches. Deep-seated reservoirs of stress and anxiety. These and other ailments bring clients to Elements Therapeutic Massage, where they find relief courtesy of professional therapists who customize their treatments to match individual needs. The studio’s unique, level-based system gives clients an idea of what to expect during the session; they can request a low level for a gentler experience or opt for a higher level to eliminate any soreness remaining from the previous day’s jousting tournament. Each massage therapist has his or her own specialties, and treatments may draw on relaxing Swedish and hot-stone techniques or firmer deep-tissue and trigger-point strokes.
From the deep stretching of sports massage to the precise pressure of shiatsu treatments, licensed massage therapists Aimee Wood, Josh Berndt, and Jesse Walters work to find the modality best suited to relieving their clients' pain and tension at BodyWorks Massage. Besides massage services, the trio can treat ailments throughout the body using holistic treatments such as reflexology and ear candling. Rather than hiding their secrets on the back of the Declaration of Independence, the three pass on their knowledge through classes on topics such as infant massage and core conditioning.
Since 1999, licensed massage therapist Shannon Lebal has fine-tuned her loving touch in a home health agency, a chiropractic office, and as a proud mother of two. Now all can benefit from Shannon's practiced bodywork technique at her own Fireside Therapeutic Massage studio. She slackens achy sinews beneath her flowing Swedish strokes, firm deep-tissue pressure, and relaxing hot-stone therapy. She also renders sport massages to improve flexibility in stiff limbs and giant foam fingers.
Aquarium maintenance might seem like a strange background for an expert in neuromuscular therapy and deep-tissue massage, but that's exactly how massage therapist Lynne Luckow got her start. She decided to change careers after reading about the health benefits of massage and went on to study anatomy, physiology, and medical massage at Aesthetics University. She opened Healing Hands Therapy Center in 1993 and continued her training with renowned professionals in the field of alternative medicine. Eventually, she grew her practice to the point where she was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, roughly the amount of time it takes to give a full-body massage to a really big whale. Luckow knew it was time to expand: the center is now home to eight highly trained massage therapists, who earned it nominations in CityVoter's Best Massage category in 2011.
In addition to performing massages, Luckow promotes physical and emotional healing with Ayurvedic counseling and meditation. She has further rounded out her team with licensed acupuncturist Brenda Sherman, who holds a Master of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine.