For the therapists at Elements Massage, massages aren't just about luxury. Sure, that's an important part of it, but they're first and foremost about helping the body heal. So when these therapists set to work, their focus is on goals such as easing neck pain, warding off tension, boosting circulation, and improving range of motion.
Of course, it all starts with listening. It's much easier to achieve positive results when you know what's wrong, which is why the therapists set aside some time to talk with their clients beforehand. During these informal consultations, they take note of specific concerns and answer questions such as "Will this hurt?" and "Wait, most people have how many shoulders?"
Massage therapist Ruben Coates was a football player and boxer during college, but he was always known as the "little guy." Going head-to-head with much bigger opponents earned him a lot of aches and pains, but he found relief under the trained hands of a massage therapist. Each successful session left Ruben amazed at massage therapy's effectiveness, so when a commercial for massage school came on TV one day, he jumped at the opportunity to pay it forward and help others.
Now a registered massage therapist, Ruben spends his days helping clients find relief from back pain and improve joint flexibility. He utilizes trigger-point therapy and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Ruben's massage sessions are held at Precise Touch, unless clients request a mobile massage at their home, sports tournament, or traffic court date.
At Full Stride Wellness, experienced massage therapists gear their services to virtually any musculoskeletal need. Athletes benefit from the clinic's sports massages, which help them increase flexibility and prevent injury, while expectant mothers find relief from their baby's in-utero gymnastics with Craniosacral massages. Other modalities cater to anyone looking to relax or for pain relief; the therapists can perform gentle Swedish strokes. Nutritional supplements and fitness equipment help clients stay healthy between visits, and convenient membership programs keep them coming back for discounted massages.
Licensed chiropractor Rob Marvenko sees the body as a single, harmonious entity. Each component affects the function of all the others, as in a delicate ecosystem or the mosh pit at a Slayer concert. Marvenko's hands-on techniques reflect this holistic view of the body. During neuromuscular-reeducation sessions for soft-tissue injuries, he reinforces the nerve signals for functional movement by use of repetitive motions and muscle stimulation. Through the Chiropractic Biophysics technique, he focuses on normalizing posture and spinal curvature. In addition to bringing spines and nervous systems back into balance, he and the clinic's massage therapist practice hydrotherapy massage and physical therapy.
Rooted in the belief that massage is an essential aspect of good health, the therapists at The Art of Bodywork aim to make it accessible and affordable to all their clients. Better circulation is just one of the potential benefits from integrated and hot stone massage, which can also alleviate stress, pain, and worries about the muscles on your back you can never directly look at. The team also provides a unique type of relaxing massage called fassage, in which an aesthetician combines a facial and full bodywork into one soothing experience.
Always looking to learn new things, licensed massage therapist Ashley Haydel studied massage and bodywork and now wants to earn her bachelor of science in alternative health and holistic medicine. She believes massage bridges both medical and holistic disciplines, and the massages she performs help treat a wide array of issues. Pregnancy massages ease aches on moms-to-be, sports massages help athletes get back in the game, Swedish massages aid in relaxation, and chair massages are a good way to quickly relieve stress and tension.