As a native of Trinidad, Marcia M. Speer lives and breathes the serenity of the islands. Her grandfather made a living as a healer there, and he eventually passed down his gift for touch. Marcia called on this gift again and again while attending the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular & Massage Therapy and finally opening My Island Touch, where she draws on her family traditions?as well as her experience as a nursing assistant and an EMT?to nurture her clients' minds, bodies, and souls with massage. She employs Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques to help boost circulation and soften overused muscles. She also calls on marjoram to soothe headaches, lavender to ease anxiety, and romantic comedies to loosen tense tear ducts.
Tina Sewell, the licensed massage and bodywork therapist who helms Spa Bliss, channels the relaxing vibe of Hawaii with soothing strokes from around the world. After graduating from the Atlanta School of Massage, she honed her skills in a chiropractor's office in Maui. Here, she developed expertise in lomilomi, a Hawaiian massage technique that involves manipulating sore muscles with the hands and forearms. Like many of her services, lomilomi can ease physical tension while dissolving emotional stress and undigested fudgesicles. Tina also specializes in neuromuscular therapy, a blend of deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and Japanese shiatsu techniques that can decrease the chronic pain and stiffness caused by musculoskeletal disorders, tennis elbow, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and TMJ.
Steele Creek Physical Therapy and Balance Center's team of physical therapists and massage therapists work hard to alleviate pain using a variety of therapies. They treat a range of ailments, including postsurgical shoulder replacements via gentle hands-on stretching exercises and vertigo by strengthening one's sense of balance. Licensed massage therapists puts their fingers to work kneading bodies during custom massages. They specializes in nine modalities that each aim to improve a specific issue?deep-tissue or trigger-point massage can ease painful muscle spasms, migraine management sessions release the tension that causes headaches, and sports massage mends injuries caused by subbing in a hot bowling ball when the potato cooled off.
Signature Service: Swedish healing massage
Staff Size: 1 person
Q&A with the Licensed Massage Therapist
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
I almost always get a reaction of sincere thankfulness. I believe in healing, and during the massage, my hands will often get extremely hot. This happens when healing flows to sore muscles or more serious ailments. Some facilities charge more for this level of massage, but I include it for free.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our slogan says it all?experience the healing.
When licensed massage therapist Peter Marini opened HMCR Massage, it was only his efforts, a massage table, and a desire to heal. Today, that one-man operation has transformed into a full-service massage spa. In the comfort of a private room, clients can slip into deep relaxation with soothing aromatherapy, or find relief from chronic pain with flowing Swedish strokes, therapeutic hot stones, or deep-tissue pressure. In addition, HMCR Massage works with your doctor to ensure you are being given the proper care. Each patient receives a personalized clinical massage meant to help manage back pain and improve joint mobility, leaving them feeling rejuvenated.
Ex-Marine and former athlete Marshall "Iron Man" Davis knows a thing or two about pain. But Davis is also a clinical massage therapist, and the proprietor of Candor Touch, where he aims to release his clients from aches and pains with just that—candor. Using an honest approach, one he thinks is too-often shirked in the industry, he works with visitors not only to ease aches, but to prevent further injury with preventative upkeep. At his private studio, he performs four types of massage, choosing the correct modality after consulting with patients about any recurring health issues or chronic pain.