Open for 26 years, Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy transforms fledgling muscle molders into bona fide massage therapists with practical, on-the-job training. Tense backs and stressed frames hop onto the bliss bed for an hour of relaxing Swedish or therapeutic massage, performed by a well-trained, bright-eyed student yet to become jaded by the spine’s unrelenting arrogance. During the Swedish massage, well-rehearsed hands strum the strings of tranquility across the back in long, sweeping strokes, and therapeutic-massage techniques untie tense knots and kinks with the speed and accuracy of an auctioneer’s secretary taking dictation.
In her former life as an office worker, Laura Webber found herself suffering from lower back pain that medication and chiropractic work could not relieve. When she turned to massage therapy, something clicked—not just with her back pain, but with her spirit. Soon, she became a massage therapist and opened Webber Wellness, adding two other therapists to her team. Laura specializes in neurological massage, which alleviates the chronic symptoms resulting from an auto accident or wandering the countryside giving noogies. But her massages are almost as much about the experience as the results. In the center's low-lit room, she and her colleagues work amid relaxing music in the vein of Enya and Deep Forest. They also use a table warmer and a fan to control temperature as they unknot muscles with organic lotions and aromatherapy oils, and sometimes they even provide extras such as tea and chocolate truffles.
Ashleigh Bouziden was only 18 years old when she graduated from massage school and opened her own practice. Now in operation for more than a decade, Ashleigh employs a diverse team of massage therapists?with specialties ranging from reflexology and deep-tissue techniques?alongside reiki healing specialists and a pair of passionate yoga instructors.
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.
Certified personal trainer Mechelle Haflich is familiar with both the highs and lows of physical health. As a bodybuilder, she has won competitions focused on superior strength, and as a registered massage therapist, she has eased injured muscles back into action. Both titles have proven essential in planning FitBody Studio, where she takes a holistic view on wellness through fitness, massage, and spa services. Alongside a team of highly credentialed instructors, therapists, and aestheticians, Mechelle's team adjusts her programs to suit each client's ambitions, which range from losing inches to being able to deadlift a locomotive.
On the exercise side of the curriculum, private training sessions and group classes build endurance—Vinyasa yoga and kickboxing sessions round out the stair climbs and cardio drills of the Bleachers class, which takes place inside the Colorado College football stadium. To repair overworked deltoids, the studio's massage programs relax tendons and target injuries with a mix of modalities. After workouts sculpt bodies, FitBody Studio’s spa polishes them smooth with waxing services and custom facials.
The outside world can impact skin directly?sun, wind, cold, cream pies to the face. But Mary, the licensed aesthetician behind Skin From Within, helps her clients battle the outside forces from the inside. Using paraben-free products rich in vitamins, Mary helps to nurture the skin and the body, giving both the ingredients they need to glow and be healthy. Mary's experience in a clinical setting allows her to approach treatments with medicine in mind, but the holistic services pamper as well as treat trouble-spots.