National board-certified massage therapist Bess Wood is quick to stress that her treatments aren't what you'd typically find in a spa. The focus at Therapeutic Arts isn't solely on relaxation; it's also on finding medically inspired solutions for chronic and acute pain. To that end, Bess specializes in a therapeutic massage that combines deep-tissue, trigger-point, and neuromuscular techniques to heal all kinds of injuries and ailments. The profound sense of relaxation that comes with each treatment is just another perk.
At Massage Sanctuary, nationally certified massage therapist Brandon Woolard offers his clients the opportunity to relax and receive personalized massages in a soothing atmosphere. After initial consultations—complete with a box full of stress stones if customers need some preliminary unwinding—guests undress to their own comfort levels and fit between sheets, ready for calming massages. As he works, Brandon encourages his customers to speak up about comfort levels in case the heated table is too hot or the aromatherapy ostrich too pungent and squawking. Brandon soothes backs and muscles with a variety of modalities, incorporating Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, hot-stone, and aromatherapy methods into his massages. Afterward, complimentary mints and water rejuvenate the senses as customers, suspended in massage euphoria, go home, take hot baths or showers, and maintain relaxed states.
As a Gulf War veteran and Air Force reservist, Rene' Johnson knows stress better than most. She draws on this experience, as well as a comprehensive education in anatomy to rewire the body's circuitry and promote wellness. Though her specialties are in orthopedic, sports, and rehabilitative massage, deep-tissue and Swedish techniques are also available to promote relaxation. When not mending muscles, Rene' enjoys travel, spending time with friends and family, and massaging knots out of low-hanging tree limbs.
Signature Service: Massage Therapy
Brands Used: Bo Essentials Grapeseed Oil
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Applied Health Chiropractic's Doctor of Chiropractic Marion Constantinides knows a thing or two about the inner workings of the human body. She's not only a chiropractor with a long history in emergency and family medicine but also an applied kinesiologist working toward her diploma. This allows Dr. Constantinides to incorporate modalities such as the sacro-occipital technique, craniosacral therapy, and acupuncture-meridian therapies into her holistic, preventive approach to health care. To pinpoint the source of dysfunction within the body, such as allergies or a stapler you swallowed years back, she thoroughly tests specific muscles that are related to organs and glands.
Dr. Constantinides also emphasizes the importance of nutrition, and promotes a totally grain-free diet to curb inflammation. She works side by side with fellow Doctor of Chiropractic Rachel Silver, a nutritional consultant who is passionate about sharing her knowledge—both with patients and with students in biological-sciences classes at two local community colleges.
LaTasha White graduated from the Virginia Career Institute and has been a certified massage therapist for more than six years. She renders Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone massages. LaTasha derives special professional joy from kneading clients during sports massages—which is not when the umpire misses a call because he’s rubbing the catcher’s shoulders. During her sports massages, LaTasha targets areas specifically to augment flexibility and reduce the risk of injury, as well as lessen downtime after workouts.