Ayurvedic therapies are the opposite of a trend—some of these holistic principles have been around for thousands of years. These days, Annette K. Brinker continues this staggering legacy at Breathe Aromatherapy & Body Work, where she helps clients connect more deeply with their bodies through meditative awareness. In addition to her skills as a certified Reiki master, she inspires serenity and balance with detoxifying body wraps, Shirodhara sessions, and mix-tapes of cat meows.
Symmetry Therapeutic Massage Spa sprang from the dream of two friends and fellow massage therapists who sought to demonstrate that massage could be used to better physical health. They started small, with a one-room office behind a Pilates studio. Soon, however, they found themselves juggling more appointments than they could handle. Just two years later, they moved into a sprawling new sports-partnered studio, creating a new source of relief for athletes whose massages previously consisted of lying in the middle of the turf during a game.
Today, Symmetry's founding pair leads 30 other licensed therapists, each with her own unique background and specialty. These practitioners treat clients with more than a dozen massage modalities, including neuromuscular massage, which relies on static pressure to relieve area-specific pain, and Thai Yoga. Services such as soothing steam therapy and invigorating dry body-brushing augment the offerings.
During the studio's semi-private workshops, including couples' workshops, the therapists teach clients how to perform their massage techniques at home. This allows clients to connect with their partners during couples massages whenever they have some private time at home or a long wait in a grocery-store line together.
New Face & Figures Day Spa helps clients achieve their personal beauty goals, ushering the less appealing characteristics of nature to the door. With a solid foundation in science and medicine, the med spa presents guests with a menu full of innovative treatments, as well as massages and tanning solutions. Their DaVinci Laser Teeth Whitening system, for example, uses an LED-activated gel to make people feel better about their smiles without having to draw pretty flowers on every individual tooth, and Botox and Juv?derm injections temporarily turn back the hands of time by softening the appearance of crow's feet and frown lines.
Many of New Face & Figures' other services center around supporting those who are on a mission to lose weight. Clients can participate in a holistic weight-loss program, try the PowerPlate Total Body Vibration, or get a jump-start with fat burner injections.
Elements Massage Southglenn's staff is always in motion?last year alone they performed more than 3,800 treatments. The center's popularity is thanks in part to a system of matching clients to practitioners based on each person's unique needs and each therapist's specialties. Sessions are customized even further by a four-level pressure system, which ranges from a light, relaxing 1 to a deep 4 that incorporates trigger-point techniques. Not only do Elements' therapists perform treatments in the spa, they also come to workplaces to perform chair massages on stressed employees or desk chairs weary from seating so many important CEOs.
Muscles that aren't properly cared for tend to lash out through strains, spasms, and passive-aggressive text messages. That's where Allie Haft comes in. As a massage therapist with more than a decade of experience, she has a sixth sense for putting together treatment plans tailored to individual muscular needs. Clients often come to her for simple hot-stone therapy or for blended massages that combine Swedish strokes, Thai yoga stretching, and deep-tissue pressure. Anyone with muscle sensitivity may instead opt for a reiki session to help unblock energy channels and stimulate immunity.
Bodywork Therapies aligns its medical massages with what they call the "Whole-Athlete Model." This philosophy goes by the idea that the body is a complex system of elements all working in tandem, and that a disruption to any part, no matter how small, means a disruption to the whole. These elements can be physical, emotional, and even social, and so the therapists here have devised a signature massage that addressees all aspects simultaneously with a combination of neuromuscular and deep-tissue techniques with acupressure. And therapists can tailor each session to meet the specific demands of the client, whether they are experiencing a sore back, worried mind, creaky elbow, or stoic funny bone. They also perform pain management techniques that clients can use to keep their body in balance even when they're off the massage table.