Since she’s not the sore one, licensed massage therapist Victoria Laursen doesn’t always make her clients come to her. From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on most days, she packs up her massage oils and travels to homes and offices to administer relaxing chair massages designed to ease tension from all-day sitting or general stress. Holding more than 500 hours of training, she also assuages aches with six other massage modalities, including trigger-point therapy, sports massage, and reflexology.
Just because licensed massage therapist Karoline Eubank Marks has worked on the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t mean you need to be a famous athlete or a mathematically automorphic number to indulge in her services. At Austin ReVital Massage, Karoline performs customized Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages on all manner of clients, whether they’re seven-foot tall rebounding machines or white-collar office dwellers. In addition to easing chronic backaches, tension, and headaches with traditional massage services, Karoline can put her deft hands to use during more technical treatments. She holds a certificate in advanced neuromuscular massage, which allows her to help clients suffering from nerve compression and postural issues, as well as infant massage, which she is also certified to teach.
The best way to learn a new skill is to do it. And at the Austin Institute for Massage & Spa Therapies, professional therapists—who work in the field every day—inspire students during the massage mastery program. Students explore massage techniques alongside lessons in anatomy as a part of an extensive, comprehensive curriculum that culminates in official licensing from the state of Texas.
The institute's director and co-founder, Raul Flores, has worked tirelessly in the field since 1991—in practice, consulting, and education. He and his team have created a spa-like atmosphere within a 3,500-square-foot space where students get hands-on experience in real-life scenarios, such as in one of nine massage rooms, near an aromatherapy bath, or in the drawing room with the candelabra.
At MFC Spine & Sports, Doctor of Chiropractic Eric Murphy and his staff have more than a few pain-relief tricks up their sleeves. Their chiropractic techniques include the Diversified method, trigger-point therapy, and spinal decompression, just to name a few. For patients who want a second helping of holistic treatment, MFC's team also performs massage therapy.
The aestheticians at Healthcare 4 Her combine medical know-how with classic relaxation techniques in a tranquil spa environment, beautifying clients from head to toe using technologically enhanced and traditional spa treatments. Licensed laser technicians stop fuzzies in their tracks and prevent future hair growth with laser hair removal. Professional skin pamperers dole out five types of facials to exfoliate visages with microdermabrasion, clear complexions with fruit enzymes, and purge pores with menacing eviction notices. Massage therapists relax clients with four different massage styles, taking cues from venerated massage traditions and modern aromatherapy and kneading techniques to melt away muscle tension.
A licensed massage therapist and ACE fitness certified personal trainer, Jennifer Shaw is well versed in the inner workings of the human body. She funnels her multifaceted training into helping her clients overcome pain and stress through treatments such as Swedish, hot stone, and Thai-shiatsu massage. But the natural healing doesn't stop there. Bodywork in Austin also offers one-on-one yoga therapy sessions that allow each client the personal attention they need to experience the full benefits of yoga. In the promethean spirit of giving folks their own healing tools, the therapists also lead classes in couples massage, four-hand massage, and parent-child massage.