Massage therapists employ Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, trigger-point, and reflexology techniques to relax bodies and curb new and chronic pains. They dispense specialized massages for expectant mothers and individuals in hospice care. Sessions can be bolstered with the use of warmed stones, hot potatoes, and aromatherapy. In addition to massages, practitioners offer reiki sessions that rebalance the body’s chakras, and skin-softening paraffin-wax treatments.
Licensed massage therapist Marci sees massages as more than just an hour of indulgence for the privileged. For her, massages should serve as a legitimate tool for managing chronic pain. She aims to break apart internal scaring and stimulate the removal of toxins through each of her four types of massages: Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger-point therapy, and pregnancy massage.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Before Teri Studer decided to study massage therapy, she held a corporate job for 15 years. She first began getting massages to treat both the physical trauma caused by multiple car accidents and the stress of sitting in front of a computer all day.
Teri liked massage therapy so much that she made it her full-time occupation, and she now works alongside massage therapists at Awaken Vitality Massage & Wellness Studio. There, the licensed massage therapists perform deep-tissue kneads, Swedish strokes, and hot-stone massages rendered by hands warmed up via games of hot potato. They can add pampering spa treatments such as purifying body wraps with black Baltic mud. Couples can partake in
massage workshops that act as unique date ideas or as a new way to release everyday tension.
After graduating from Carlson College of Massage Therapy, licensed therapist Kelli Auger stuck around and became an assistant instructor and clinic supervisor for her alma mater, which allowed her to share her knowledge with students while honing her skills. Drawing on these years of training and teaching, Kelli opened BodyOasis Therapeutic Massage, where she tends to muscles with four distinct modalities, including deep-tissue techniques, Swedish massage, and couples massage. While she primarily performs these modalities in-studio, Kelli also visits offices and cossets employees with chair massages to help increase productivity, boost morale, and ease shoulders weakened by hours of silent, mental screaming.
The cosmetologists at Professional Image Enhancement offer skincare and hair-removal services driven by chemistry and technology. Skincare services include custom acne treatments, glycolic peels, and microdermabrasions, during which tiny, captivating crystals lure dead skin cells and impurities from the face with promises of emollient rivers and breathtaking fields of lotion. By letting faces breathe, the studio's skincare treatments help products penetrate the epidermis in order to moisturize and tone. For hair removal, waxing services utilize hot wax to temporarily remove hair, and electrolysis deploys mild electric currents to destroy follicles and permanently stunt regrowth.