Since she?s not the sore one, licensed massage therapist Victoria Laursen doesn?t always make her clients come to her. From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on most days, she packs up her massage oils and travels to homes and offices to administer relaxing chair massages designed to ease tension from all-day sitting or general stress. Holding more than 500 hours of training, she also assuages aches with six other massage modalities, including trigger-point therapy, sports massage, and reflexology.
Just because licensed massage therapist and owner Karoline Eubank Marks has worked on the Philadelphia 76ers doesn?t mean you need to be a famous athlete or a mathematically automorphic number to indulge in her services. At Austin ReVital Massage, Karoline and her team perform customized Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages on all manner of clients, whether they?re seven-foot tall rebounding machines or white-collar office dwellers. In addition to easing chronic backaches, tension, and headaches with traditional massage services, the team is trained in advanced neuromuscular massage, which allows them to help clients suffering from nerve compression and postural issues.
The aestheticians at Healthcare 4 Her combine medical know-how with classic relaxation techniques in a tranquil spa environment, beautifying clients from head to toe using technologically enhanced and traditional spa treatments. Licensed laser technicians stop fuzzies in their tracks and prevent future hair growth with laser hair removal. Professional skin pamperers dole out five types of facials to exfoliate visages with microdermabrasion, clear complexions with fruit enzymes, and purge pores with menacing eviction notices. Massage therapists relax clients with four different massage styles, taking cues from venerated massage traditions and modern aromatherapy and kneading techniques to melt away muscle tension.
It's called the million-dollar stretch. After placing both palms on the hip joint, she slides one hand up the back, and the other hand down the leg––a soothing traction that is a favorite among her massage clients. Jasmine Painter has always loved healing, from her first job selling vitamin and essential oils, to today, working as a fully licensed massage therapist. While Sunlight cascades through her studio's peach curtains, client aches surrender to flowing hot stone therapy, Swedish strokes, and deep-tissue pressure.
Licensed massage therapist Marie relaxes tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back with her soothing Swedish massages at Exhale Medical Massage and Rehabilitation. This type of massage helps relieve muscle tension with a combination of gliding strokes, firm kneading, and rhythmic tapping. The tranquil environment at Exhale further increases relaxation, allowing clients to leave feeling looser and less stressed.
Breath and Balance Bodyworks likes to keep things personal. The husband-and-wife duo of William Lee Miller, a registered yoga teacher, and Rainbough Phillips, a licensed massage therapist, helm the small studio, offering private yoga sessions and a concise, yet effective menu of massage services. In addition to private yoga, Miller leads fun kids' yoga classes that help tykes with flexibility and teaches them that "namaste" isn't just something you say when someone sneezes. Phillips, meanwhile, offers a variety of massage treatments that pay equal attention to the mind and the body. She soothes tension and relaxes clients with hot-stone, trigger-point, yoga sage, and chair massages.