As a child, Aimee Murphy began her career massaging her dad's feet for a quarter a piece. Understandably, the price has increased since then, but so has her passion for healing touch. Aimee contends that there are few things more powerful than touch, often using Reiki during sessions at her private Medicina Massage & Bodywork studio.
Whether it's for preventative medicine or in conjunction with more conventional forms of healthcare, Aimee works closely with clients to ensure deep-tissue and ashiatsu techniques are tailored to the individual. By using the ashiatsu foot-pressure techniques, Aimee can reach lower-layer muscles and weigh herself on the scales that are often tattooed on clients' backs.
Her massages take place on a table equipped with a FAR-infrared bio mat that further soothes muscles, detoxifies the body, and boosts circulation, and she employs therapeutic-grade essential oils, as well. For those who want to learn more about the oils, Aimee teaches complimentary classes on using them for health purposes, cleansing, and calming the senses.
Throughout his career, licensed massage therapist Kevin McLellan has been blending eastern and western techniques. While he was mastering western bodywork traditions, he also practiced acupressure, qi gong, and Judo?in fact, he's now a black belt.
At his massage studio, however, Kevin concentrates on just two modalities: Swedish and shiatsu massage. The treatments might vary in pressure and philosophy, but they share many similar benefits, including alleviated stress, reduced pain, and a better understanding of what it's like to be bread dough.
Although Andrea McCullough is a relative newcomer to the profession of massage therapy, she has been leading a life focused on mind-body connection since childhood. Formal dance lessons and dance meditation have taught her the importance of being present in your own body, which she relates to creating comfort and relaxation during massage therapy.
When David Obando was 16 years old, he weighed 240 pounds and had a body fat percentage of 28%. Something had to give. With the help of a new workout routine and a change in diet, he was able to lose and keep off more than 60 pounds. Today, David is a certified personal trainer and massage therapist, as well as a master Pilates instructor and corrective exercise specialist. In the comfort of his private studio, clients can solicit David for weight loss advice and athletic performance enhancement, or request a therapeutic massage with flowing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue pressure.
At Andrea Banks, LMT, licensed massage therapist Andrea Banks kneads tense musculature, drawing upon four varied massage modalities to soothe individual aches and pains. Before the treatment, clients relax in the waiting area and chase away thoughts of upcoming meetings or bare-knuckle boxing matches with warm cups of complimentary tea or cider. Then Andrea ushers bodies into a private treatment room, where she alleviates chronic pain with the direct pressure and targeted strokes of the deep-tissue or trigger-point technique. The Swedish technique lulls patrons into a blissful trance with gentle gliding strokes, and the lymph drainage technique stimulates the immune system and eliminates metabolic waste. Throughout the session, Andrea employs an array of organic and local oils and lotions to soothe skin and leave bodies as soft as a teddy bear's afro.
As a licensed massage therapist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, Jennifer Buys uses her varied skill set to alleviate patients? aches and pains, from sore backs to allergies to carpal tunnel syndrome. On any given day, she eases ailments with hair-thin acupuncture needles and mixes Chinese herbs. Her massage techniques range from deep-tissue kneading that unknots tense muscles to reflexology treatments that focus solely on the soles.