Signature Service: Deep-tissue and sports massage
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Come prepared to relax, find relief and take some time for yourself in this busy world.
The staff at Healing Arts Institute instructs aspiring therapists in body work that aims to eliminate pain from the center of the body. Anatomy and physiology classes, classrooms with full-length mirrors, and more than 1,600 square feet of space help interns learn body mechanics. A vast understanding of the body’s inner workings help them as they move from classroom study to the school’s onsite spa, where clients can schedule massages with them or with the school’s experts. Student interns complete over 200 hours of training, and while beginning interns perform gentle Swedish-style massages, more advanced practitioners can quell injuries with their handiwork. Regardless of style, all of Healing Arts Institute’s clients depart from the massage clinic feeling more relaxed than a sloth traveling through a speed trap.
Healing Arts Institute also has a community-acupuncture clinic where a licensed acupuncturist, not a student, inserts needles into several clients at once. Clients lie back in recliners and rest while the needles go to work. Because the acupuncturist can treat multiple people at a time and no private treatment rooms are used, community acupuncture costs less than private acupuncture. It is also the type of acupuncture commonly used in Asia.
When she's trying to make someone relax, massage therapist Jenny Henderson doesn't stop at a simple Swedish, sports, or hot-stone massage. She supplements most of these treatments with sweet-smelling aromatherapy, plus optional add-ons. Two of these—a scented foot bath and reflexology treatments—pamper the feet. The remaining treatment, cupping, can stimulate circulation and the flow of lymph fluid using suction. For clients who prefer a less firm sports massage, Jenny also leads stretching-only sessions, which help them to become flexible enough to snap a football to themselves.
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