After earning her massage-therapist license in the state of New York, Erica Lawatsch, LMT, continued to hone her craft beside massage tables in gyms, spas, and medical offices. Having mastered the principles of muscle manipulation, Erica sought other techniques with which to expand her therapeutic-knowledge arsenal. Her thirst finally led to certifications in personal training and Thai massage, and her desire to share her talents with as many clients as possible led her to open her own office in 2011. Today, Erica weaves the many strands of her experience and expertise into custom massages that blend an array of bodywork techniques to best mend individual aches and pains. She alternates flowing strokes and deep, concentrated pressure to loosen up tight muscles and soothe backs sore from subbing for the net during tennis matches.
Though Mary Coan and Kathy Lightner, the doctor and nurse practitioner behind Integrative Family Care at the Springs do prescribe pharmaceuticals to optimize their clients’ health, they also believe in the power that changes to diet, exercise, and environment can bring. It’s with this mindset at heart that they work closely with massage therapists, chiropractors, and naturopaths in minimizing the chance of disease and relieving pain. With the help of Cynosure Elite and PinPointe lasers, they also administer facial, vein, toenail-fungus-removal, and hair-removal treatments.
Licensed massage therapist Ken Samarra owns Samarra Massage, a private massage and relaxation studio on University Ave. Here, he offers customized spa bodywork, ranging from The Bliss—a one-hour full-body relaxation massage—to shiatsu, a Japanese acupressure massage designed to relieve chronic stress and tension. Have a deep-tissue massage, a hot-stone treatment, or unwind during a couples massage at this calming, quiet studio.
Nikki Shay earned her massage-therapy license at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, where she beat out classmates for awards such as Best Shiatsu Massage. Visitors to TsunHara Massage can experience her top-of-the-class talent in the form of relaxing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, and calming treatments that incorporate hot stones. In addition to physical relaxation, the treatments can have benefits that range from relieving depression and anxiety to improving clients' concentration levels so they can finally bend a spoon with brainpower alone.
Like a diamond cutter, which changes an uncut stone into a beautiful gem, Diamonds Salon's stylists attempt to turn clients into beauties via great haircuts. As a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, Diamonds Salon uses products and techniques from the famed king of hair, including the popular Awapuhi Wild Ginger line. Stylists also add sun-kissed highlights and bold pops of pink, purple, red, and blue color for those who want to look a little more rock 'n' roll without hiring a pyrotechnics crew to follow them around.