Deep-seated stresses dissipate at the hands of Limback Wellness Center's certified massage therapists. The center specializes in hot-stone and hot-towel massages, which employ penetrating heat and soothing circular motions to boost circulation, oxygenate muscles, and alleviate the lingering stiffness that comes from serving as the spring festival’s Maypole. Aside from their popular heated modalities, the team of male and female massage therapists treats clients to gentle relaxation massages and more focused deep-tissue work.
When runner Nolan Lee hurt himself during a track and field event, a licensed massage therapist descended from the stands to come to his aid. After the therapist guided Nolan through stretches and massage, he was awestruck to be feeling relief so immediately without wrapping his legs in hot pancakes. He enrolled in massage school and soon after graduation opened V.I.P Massage. Now into his sixth year as a massage therapist, Nolan uses an athlete's understanding of muscle pain and soreness to inform his sessions, whether the client wants the soothing strokes of Swedish massage or the more in-depth ministrations of deep-tissue therapy. Nolan especially takes pride in working on clients' back, neck, and shoulders.
Steve Retzlaff’s 8-year career has been spent wrestling twisted muscles and calming achy spots on the body. The massage therapist, who works inside Limback Wellness, uses light strokes and deeper kneading techniques to bust through tension once and for all. He also incorporates heated stones and natural aromatherapy oils into massages that further soothe muscles.
Bella Vita Day Spa and Salon offers numerous ways to beautify and recharge. Hair and skin services such as cuts, coloring, and elemental facials utilize the Aveda product line. The staff offers mani-pedis and massages as well as specialized men's treatments. This salon also sells jewelry, soaps, and candles.
Sunlight filters through the windows of Core Essence Yoga?s loft-style studio, reflecting off the rare patch of hardwood floor that remains uncovered by a colorful yoga mat. Stretch-induced groans escape the lips of students as they lift their legs high into the air or arch their backs and touch their palms to the floor behind them. The studio?s instructors?all of whom are registered yoga teachers and many of whom have achieved 200-hour certifications in their chosen style?look on approvingly and illustrate subsequent poses with their own lithe bodies.
The above scene typifies the classes offered at Core Essence Yoga, a studio on the east side of town that caters to beginners and experienced yogis alike. Music diffuses throughout the semi-heated room during Slow Flow classes that introduce new students to the Vinyasa style with gentle movements and focused breathing techniques. Instructors crank up the thermostat for advanced Power Vinyasa classes, which establish stronger ties between breath and movement and experiment with challenging poses such as arm inversions and downward-facing octopuses. Muscles strained during these sweat-inducing sessions regain their vitality during relaxing Thai bodywork. An ancient form of bodywork that draws on the collected wisdom of 2,500 years, Thai bodywork balances the body?s energy channels, releases emotional blocks, and evaporates stresses.
Aquarium maintenance might seem like a strange background for an expert in neuromuscular therapy and deep-tissue massage, but that's exactly how massage therapist Lynne Luckow got her start. She decided to change careers after reading about the health benefits of massage and went on to study anatomy, physiology, and medical massage at Aesthetics University. She opened Healing Hands Therapy Center in 1993 and continued her training with renowned professionals in the field of alternative medicine. Eventually, she grew her practice to the point where she was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, roughly the amount of time it takes to give a full-body massage to a really big whale. Luckow knew it was time to expand: the center is now home to eight highly trained massage therapists, who earned it nominations in CityVoter's Best Massage category in 2011.
In addition to performing massages, Luckow promotes physical and emotional healing with Ayurvedic counseling and meditation. She has further rounded out her team with licensed acupuncturist Brenda Sherman, who holds a Master of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine.