Whole and Complete Massage’s skilled practitioners employ a number of massage techniques to alleviate everything from tense muscles to deep-seated aches. They use gentle strokes, deep kneading, and reflexology, which focuses on acupressure points to relieve pain throughout the entire body. The massage therapists also take their talented hands on the road, traveling to clients to relax muscles during bridal parties or piggyback tournaments.
At Purple Petals, massage therapists take their time to pamper clients, performing fluid Swedish massages or therapeutic treatments that alternate light and deep pressure. Reflexology sessions work to treat ailments through precise pressure on the feet, and deep tissue massages use slow, firm pressure to relieve stubborn aches.
At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.
Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.
Not simply focused on relaxation, deep-tissue massage seeks to relieve muscle pain through intense, deliberate strokes. Check out our guide to know what to expect.
Some entanglements have simple solutions: a wrinkled tablecloth can be smoothed out in minutes with an iron, and an unruly mess of hair needs only a tube of superglue to be set straight forever. But when the fascia?the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body?s muscles and bones?gets tied up in knots, it?s time to call in an expert.
?What deep-tissue massage purports to do a lot of the time is mild fascial release, which is kind of warming up the fascia and releasing lactic acid and any other toxins that have built up there,? says Katie O?Reilly, associate editor for DaySpa magazine. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers and relieve pain and tension. More intense than Swedish massage, deep-tissue sessions can last up to 90 minutes, ensuring the therapist has enough time to devote to particularly troublesome trigger points.
Conventional wisdom states that a proper deep-tissue massage should be at least a little painful. This ?no pain, no gain? mentality, however, doesn't totally apply?a massage, no matter how intense, should still be relaxing, and O'Reilly notes, "If you?re getting beat up during the massage, you should probably tell the therapist to rein it in a little bit." Maintaining an open line of communication with your therapist is important for other reasons as well. He or she needs to know about your health history before administering the treatment, as the intensity of deep-tissue strokes may exacerbate certain medical conditions.
Affordable Spa Services is home to a staff of 9 nationally and state certified massage therapists, who mollify sinews with an array of tenderizing modalities. During hot-stone massage, gentle hands soothe tense tissues with Swedish techniques while warm lava rocks loosen muscle fibers. Reflexology relieves tension and stimulates energy throughout the body by focusing on the head, ears, hands, and feet, and trigger-point therapy removes the toxins that can cause poor circulation and migraines. When melting muscles during the soul-soothing massages, the staff melts inches off the body with skinny wraps, a 45-minute service that tightens, tones, and firms the skin to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Customers may either have this service performed in the spa or they can purchase a wrap to perform the service at home. Additionally, therapists slather backs with detoxifying mud, target dry skin and arthritis with vitamin-rich paraffin wax, and erase scowl lines with comedic pieing.
Although she has more than a decade of professional experience, Jocelyn Capito embraces every opportunity to learn more about massage therapy. These continuing studies have taken her from Richmond to California and even to Bangkok, where she learned Thai reflexology. At Gift of Healing Massage, Jocelyn shares her wide repertoire with clients by offering fully custom treatments that can incorporate a variety of modalities?including gentle Swedish strokes, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release?depending on individual needs.
Jocelyn's holistic approach not only provides an escape from the stresses of daily life but also targets the tense muscles and painful knots that those stresses can cause. For an alternative approach, Jocelyn can use reflexology techniques or reiki therapy to restore balance to the body's mental and emotional energies. The addition of soothing aromatherapy oils can leave clients feeling as calm as the water in a broken wave pool.