Clients in search of full-body relaxation might want to schedule a trip to Graceful Hands Massage. Its soothing massages help alleviate stress, tension, and other signs of raising chickens. Graceful Hands' staff can also give more therapeutic deep-tissue massages to treat chronic pain.
It's quiet in Aqua the Day Spa. No cell phones or pagers are allowed to remain active in either of the two locations, so all you hear is your pulse slowing to a steady, soothing beat and the tiny noises made as expert hands open bottles of designer beauty products. Open since 1998, owners Susan and Ralph Barnette struck the right, Enya-like chord in 2003, when they first earned the title of Best Day Spa in the Jackson Free Press's annual "Best Of" roundup. The team of aestheticians and massage therapists have swept that title every year since, deflating the competition in proportion to lifting spirits. Paraben-free Skin Authority and scented Tokyomilk tonics nourish skin with vitamin-rich Moroccan clay and soothing mango, or exfoliate dead cells with bamboo salves scented with ylang-ylang. The staff's nimble hands blend these into custom treatments, including those to combat aging and the strange shadows creeping over men's skin, and work aromatherapeutic elixirs into muscles with nine different massage modalities. OPI and Shellac nail polish transform hands and feet into fashion accessories, a project helped along by smoothing wax.
St. Dominic's mission-based health care delivers high-tech healing services with a human touch, promoting the well-being of body, mind, and spirit with each treatment. Unlike some spa massages, which tumble-dry all backs regardless of instructions, this deep-healing therapeutic massage is customized to individual needs to rejuvenate spines gently. The spa’s trained massage therapists help relieve stress and tension, while increasing blood flow to out-of-reach extremities, and imbuing limbs with Gumby-like pliability and poise. A relaxing ambience pervades the spa, which also provides complimentary valet parking.
At Body In Balance Healthcare, Doctor of Chiropractic Laura Stubbs keeps her ailing patients far from unnecessary drugs and surgery. Instead, she takes a holistic approach to healing sciatica, lower-back pain, headaches, and auto injuries. When treating patients from infants to senior citizens, Dr. Stubbs employs chiropractic adjustments to gently eliminate pressure on the vertebrae. She also supports strained muscles with SpiderTech kinesiology taping therapy. Body in Balance also offers relaxing 30- and 60-minute massages, which use the client's preferred method of gentle Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, or tap-dancing across their backs while juggling hot stones to relieve pressure and pain.
An usui reiki healer, locally trained and licensed therapist Adrienne Anthony restores inner and outer balance to the body. Deep-tissue and relaxation massages soothe stormy exterior muscles, and reiki sessions promote stress reduction and relaxation through the restoration of the body's energy flow. Adrienne also treats the energy escaping from meridian points of hand and feet through reflexology, applying direct pressure on specific points to spur change in specifically connected body areas. Almond and jojoba massage oils nourish and enliven skin during each session, turning blocked energy pathways into slip 'n' slides.
Nationally-certified and licensed massage-therapist Rachel Hendry helms Escapements, where she offers a variety of therapeutic massages. Lava-shell massages utilize recycled seashells and gentle heat to soothe muscles, while relaxation massages call upon the classic, flowing strokes of Swedish massage. Therapeutic massages work out stress and pain with deep-tissue strokes, while chair massages bring relaxation to events, parties, or the office. Rachel also offers product recommendations such as lumbar cushions, massage tools, and balms for home use.