As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and hair-removal services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
After receiving her aesthetics and massage-therapy licenses, Gloria Bach assembled a crack team of professionals and enlisted the help of Pevonia Botanica and DermaQuest skincare products to devise the well-rounded service arsenal at GT Massage & Skin Care. The in-house massage therapist, whose quest to bolster his prowess brought him to study in destinations as diverse as India and Texas, demonstrates his bodily know-how by easing sore muscles prone to overworking themselves during action-movie marathons. Meanwhile, aestheticians tackle rosacea, acne, and signs of aging with 18 assorted facials, many of which harness microdermabrasion or Purelight LED technology to rescue the face from impurities and dead skin cells.
Both a licensed massage therapist and licensed aesthetician, Keina Quinn aims to de-stress and beautify the body with various massage modalities, facials, and depilatory services. Working as an independent contractor out of Body Sense Wellness Center’s second-floor studio, Quinn draws upon her education from the Cortiva Institute and Naperville Skin Institute as she administers pampering therapies from head to fully relaxed toe. Deep-tissue, Swedish, and hot-stone massages relieve tension and improve circulation, and waxing and threading banish unwanted hairs. Quinn's expert hands customize each treatment to the client's individual needs, making the session a unique and healing experience.
For more than 20 years, Dr. George Gauthier has practiced holistic medicine and rehabilitative healing. But his experience hasn’t diminished his humility or approachability; he prefers that his patients call him "Dr. George" or, more simply, “Doc.” First intrigued by natural health and drug-free medicine as a student, Dr. George has since translated this to his work as a licensed acupuncturist and chiropractic physician. He also provides massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and ear candling, an ancient cleansing technique that improves hearing, earaches and headaches, as well as a propensity to identify with soy candles.
With a massage therapist's license and 10 years of experience in his pocket, Shawn Cassady knows his way around a back. He easily targets common complaints such as stress, muscle tension, and pain by zeroing in on each muscle and limb with practiced strokes and a fine sense for knots and kinks. His repertoire of styles ranges from the Swedish massage, which brings about a feeling of full-body relaxation with light-handed strokes and gentle pressure, to deep-tissue and sports massages, which are designed to help the bodies of athletes and overextended gym bags to recover from the rigors of an active lifestyle. Shawn's empathy for those who live with the ramifications of a physically demanding or stressful career runs deep, which is why he knocks 10% off his prices for military, police, and fire personnel.
Dr. Scott Hallums's story is one that many chiropractors can relate to. After sustaining a series of debilitating injuries as a young man, he discovered that chiropractic medicine allowed his body to heal at a faster rate than more traditional remedies. Dr. Hallums still benefits from regular adjustments, but now he also passes on the favor at Wheaton Chiropractic Spine & Joint Center. Aside from adjustments, he manipulates soft tissue and stimulates muscle contractions with electric impulses that improve circulation and increase mobility.
When he isn't performing his own treatments, Dr. Hallums guides licensed massage therapist Dainius Gabrenas, who specializes in techniques ranging from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to more innovative approaches including reflexology and a stretching technique known as PNF. Beyond his ability to heal clients with a range of lifestyles and activities, Gabrenas keeps one more skill up his sleeve: he's able to communicate with his patients in English, Russian, Lithuanian, and Polish.