Morakot Chaiyahanij and her team of 15 fellow massage therapists loosen muscles and reduce workaday stress at three tranquil, spa-style resort locations. Clients can unwind during soothing relaxation massages that leave backs as limber as a gymnast-shaped gelatin mold.
Licensed massage therapist Chuck Thissen's playbook of massage techniques is stacked high. There are Swedish and deep-tissue massages—the traditional methods for treating pain and stress—and then there are more exotic forms. Acupressure focuses on the same meridian points as acupuncture but uses pressure instead of needles, and neuromuscular therapy relieves pain by balancing the musculoskeletal and nervous systems the way a circus performer balances his diet between peanuts and popcorn.
Located inside Infinity Salon & Spas in Cocoa Beach, Shea Nicole Yoga, Massage, and Reflexology is the private wellness business run by owner Shea Nicole Knight. A licensed massage therapist, reflexologist, and yoga instructor, Shea Nicole is passionate about helping her clients relax and achieve a healthy body and spirit. She eases tight muscles in her clients’ necks and backs and relieves chronic pain and stress through her soothing massage treatments. She also specializes in foot and hand reflexology—the ancient relaxation technique of applying pressure on certain points on the hands or feet thought to correspond to major organ systems in the body. If clients are looking to increase their flexibility and strength, they can take a private or semi-private yoga lesson with Shea Nicole at Infinity Salon or on the beach, which is directly across the street and next to the ocean.
Nicole Groditski is a licensed massage therapist, but she does more than deploy massage strokes that soothe muscles temporarily. Instead, she creates programs for her clients so that she can treat their chronic aches and pains. She makes sure to use the proper massage style to suit each client's needs; her arsenal includes deep-tissue, Swedish, prenatal, and sports massage, as well as zen Thai massage, during which she moves her clients into yoga-like positions to increase their range of motion.