Massages and hot tubs are two of humankind's favorite ways to unwind, and Inman Oasis offers both. Voted "Best Massage" by The Phoenix readers for six years running, the business is home to a team of licensed massage therapists that delight in hearing their clients sigh under their capable hands. The staff specializes in more than 10 types of massage covering everything from basic relaxation to Shiatsu, Tui Na, and cranio-sacral therapy. Down the hall of the feng shui studio lies the hot tub area, where clients retreat to enjoy the relaxing and joint-restoring benefits of hydrotherapy. Those looking for serenity can soak in one of two private tubs: a seven-foot fiberglass tub boasts hydraulic jets for arthritis therapy, while a Japanese-style wooden hot tub is ideal for those in search of a more serene soak. Also made of wood, a community tub comfortably fits up to seven people or seventy escaped lobsters, and massage customers can call ahead to reserve a spot for a pre- or post- kneading soak.
After earning a dual bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Latoya Lewis graduated from the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy. Today, she specializes in reflexology, deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massage, in which a cushion-footed baseball mascot walks on the client's back. Latoya prides herself on her level of empathy and intuition, always making the effort to understand clients' problems and constantly tailoring her services to the individual in her care. She often incorporates elements of trigger-point therapy and reflexology, as well as stretching and breathing exercises, into her massages. Past clients have included oncology patients and senior citizens, for whom she's developed ongoing therapy plans that she hopes will translate into broader, life-related changes.
Jazmine C. Fox-Stern's academic pursuits included neurology, physiology, anatomy, and philosophy. And though she earned her psychology degree in 2002, it was in structural integration that she found a conduit in which she could combine those fields?along with her passion for healing?into a single dynamic practice that fosters physical and emotional wellness. So Jazmine moved to Boulder, CO, became certified in structural integration, and opened Boston Body Balance.
The treatment views the body in terms of relationships?up and down, in and out, front and back?and aims to balance the body through slow, deep pressure and guided movements, like a circus clown balances his checkbook. The goal is "functional mobility." This means that Jazmine helps her clients not just align their bodies, but develop new habits and patterns of movement. So in addition to relieving pain, structural integration can improve coordination and flexibilty. And because it frees restrictions in the fascial network, it can lead to feelings of liberation from the body's old habits, giving clients a renewed sense of balance and an emotional boost.
Dr. Steven Bromberg originally specialized in sports medicine, but after dedicating 22 years to treating injuries from a private practice in Cambridge, he felt compelled to make a change. Citing the rise of both stressors and environmental toxins in everyday life, he broadened the scope of his wellness approach and transitioned his practice into a natural, corrective chiropractic-care center called Bromberg Chiropractic. Dr. Bromberg's commitment to whole-body health manifests in myriad ways, from the diversified and mirror-imaging drop-table techniques he uses to restore spinal health to the weight machines and treadmills he stocks his office with in order to help patients through rehab. Another important component is the work of the office's licensed massage therapists, whose Swedish and deep-tissue massages can soothe muscles that are sore from constantly flexing in front of security cameras.
With a diverse menu of therapeutic massage techniques, Natural Healing Center offers a respite from the daily shuffle of work, family, and snorkeling for change at the mall fountain. As a private room flickers with candlelight, the licensed massage therapist can melt muscles with soothing hot stones, or access lower-layer aches with firmer trigger-point pressure. Guests may also request a custom sports massage to improve range of motion and athletic performance. Drivers can park four-wheeled friends for free after 1:30 p.m. behind the spa, and train travelers can hike the short distance from Porter Square. Wifi is also available within the building.
Licensed aesthetician and massage therapist BZ refreshes mugs with Dermalogica products from inside Novita Salon and Spa. She also cleans up bodies during waxing services and evaporates stress using Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massage techniques.