Jai Michael Barry's massages are as relaxing as the new-age music he loves to create. That's because the founder of Ancient Art Massage & Bodywork, who has recorded three albums and played numerous benefit concerts in his other life as a songwriter, gets the little details right: the massages take place on heated tables and incorporate treatments ranging from ayurvedic aromatherapy to egyptian ear candling. It's also because his repertoire is so broad. Jai can spend a session relieving stress with Swedish techniques, treating head and back pain with craniosacral therapy, or manipulating the body's energy with reiki. He also leads meditation sessions on the night of each full moon.
At Seminole Chiropractic Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Karl Lewin treats ailing backs and necks that cause strain on his patients' everyday lives. Alongside chiropractic adjustments that can relieve back pain, headaches, and whiplash, the center offers massages from a licensed practitioner. These treatments include therapeutic, relaxation, and deep-tissue massages, as well as prenatal massages, which soothe expectant mothers whose joints and muscles are tight from quality testing baby cribs.
While they specialize in massage, it would be erroneous to say The Massage Center's therapists only do one thing. Their fingers can knead and stroke to the tune of 14 massage modalities, each one carefully administered to render specific benefits.
It's not hard to figure out what the massages accomplish, since the center gives each treatment an easy to remember name. For example, "My Vacation" is just that: an escape into the massage room for a light, Swedish massage focused on relieving stress. During "Rainy Day" treatments, essential oils drop onto the body, while the "Aroma Delight Relaxation" treatments fill the massage room with soothing scents. Other massages focus on specific types of clients, like athletes or expectant mothers. During the "Baby on Board" massage, therapists address lower back pain, swelling in the legs, and other issues for women from the second trimester to six months after birth, when a child can finally leave for college.
Emboldened by her training at High-Tech Institute, Sarah Elliott set out to ease her clients' tension and help them regain bodily harmony by opening her own studio in the Serenity Center. As guests recline on a microfiber blanket in a private, candlelit massage room, Sarah mends muscles with an array of soothing massage modalities, some of which incorporate essential oils and hot stones. During integrated-massage sessions, she combines Swedish relaxation techniques with trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, and stretching to loosen muscles and subdue pain. As a prenatal-certified therapist, Sarah can also treat expectant mothers suffering from nausea, back pain, and stress through targeted kneading. Regular recipients of massage therapy often cite a host of benefits, such as better sleep, improved concentration, and the ability to finish friends’ sentences for them.
At Motherlove Massage, clients don't have to be a king, queen, or even potty-trained to experience the royal treatment. The Motherlove staff specializes in working with the entire family, whether infants, parents, or the mini-fridge that always gets chilly and wears dad's cardigan. Pamela, to name one of their licensed massage therapists, draws from 20 years of experience. On top of their standard adult-catered massages—such as relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone—some of Motherlove's therapists are trained as doulas and proficient in pre- and post-natal massage. Their varied expertise allows the staff to assist individuals through all stages of life, and along the way maintain sound health, inner balance, and harmony through massage therapy.
Before opening Aabsolute Massage & Skin Care, Christine Finan worked for two decades as a nurse in the U.K. It was during that time that she began incorporating bodywork into her patients? therapy regimens and saw the positive effects it had on their mental and physical well-being.
Today at her studio, she and her team use techniques such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, as well as aromatherapy and reflexology, to promote good health and make clients feel about as stressed as a guy in a stock relaxation photo with his feet up on his desk. The team also pampers pores with a full menu of facial treatments and body wraps and nurtures natural nails with spa mani-pedis.