Tammy Dean knows a little bit about the demands we put on our bodies. Before opening Massage by Tammy, she served in the US Navy for 20 years. Upon reentering civilian life she enrolled in massage school, earned her massage therapist's license, and continues to contribute to the welfare of the general population. But instead of serving the country she now serves the muscles. Tammy tailors each session to the needs of her clients, and may incorporates techniques from trigger-point therapy and advanced stretching.?She offers relaxation massage for those with frayed nerves and stress, and deep-tissue massage to allay physical issues such as tension, chronic pain, or knots in the muscles that are tighter than a tightrope walker's shoelaces.
Licensed massage therapist Keri Mills honed her deep-tissue skills working with sports-related massage at a tennis ranch and now targets clients' chronic aches, stiffness, and specific problem spots in the musculature with one-hour deep-tissue massages. Using moderate to stern pressure, Keri deftly manipulates the underlying tissues to encourage circulation, dismantle knots, and relieve chronic pain associated with stiffness and repressed muscle memories. Body parts not tied up in complicated stress-braids benefit from relaxing strokes and soothing flattery. These muscle-mollifying techniques are especially helpful for clients with chronic pain, athletes, and people who have accidentally swallowed an entire kleenex box.
Experienced massage therapist Angie Strickland addresses each client's personal problem spots with Swedish, deep-tissue, or medical massages, selecting the best type to optimize back bliss or ameliorate recurring issues. Swedish massages are customized based on pressure preferences ranging from deep kneading to the same soft strokes commonly practiced on sleeping marshmallows. The firm pressure of deep-tissue massage coddles damaged tissue and targets pain locked inside frames to help heal sore spots and relieve pain. A range of other therapeutic techniques—including neuromuscular, myofascial, and cupping—cosset frames during medical massages. These targeted strokes help soothe aching necks and melt shoulders frozen during sparring matches with snowmen. Hot towels keep massaged muscles warm, loose, and reveling in the afterglow of prolonged relaxation.
BoHo Skincare Boutique & Spa owner Pilar Anderson makes sure her dedication to earth-friendly practices is transparent at her comfortably luxurious spa. The licensed para-medical aesthetician, nationally certified massage therapist, and yoga practitioner wields a slew of eco-conscious products from lines such as Farmaesthetics and local company Farmhouse Fresh, the latter of which boasts many paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan products carefully packaged by the farm's amiable chickens. During soothing spa appointments, Anderson treats skin to vitamin-packed formulas that rejuvenate and hydrate while eschewing chemicals and harmful toxins.
For more than a decade, Dr. Chris Tupper has dispatched a team of experienced therapists to tend to disgruntled sinews with Swedish- and therapeutic-massage techniques. During each 60-minute Swedish massage session, specialists permeate nostrils with ambrosial aromatherapy treatments featuring Young Living essential oils. Warm towels swaddle spines to encourage relaxation before therapists employ kneading motions, long strokes, deep circular motions, and gentle tapping to soften stressed muscles, calm anxious souls, and jostle lackadaisical skeletons out of their power naps. Alternatively, 55-minute therapeutic massage sessions apply firmer pressure and myofascial-release techniques, which alleviate muscle pain, spasms, and inflammation and give tendons and ligaments a place to vent their grievances.