Licensed massage therapist Janet Shelton has been giving massages “since before I can remember,” she says. At first, these were mostly casual sessions for her twin sister, who “was born asking for a massage.” But as Shelton grew up, she came to take her hobby more seriously. Coming from a family of nurses, she “always want[ed] to do something to help people,” and with its positive impacts on injury recovery, therapeutic massage seemed to fit the bill.
Since then, Shelton has supplemented her massage-therapy license with work experience in chiropractic offices and spas. Depending on a client’s needs, she can perform an active clinical massage with stretching and feedback or gently knead for a soothing, quiet experience. No matter the modality, clients can bring in their own music on an iPod and breathe in the scents of botanical oils Shelton blends by hand.
Ann Holland is fully licensed through the Everest Institute with certifications in chiropractic assistant and neuromuscular therapy to balance the nervous system. In the comfort of a private room, Ann applies Swedish strokes or soothing deep-tissue pressure. Also popular is her Thai on a table massage, which rids the body of tension while evoking the heavy rhythmic strokes of the Hulk listening to '70s music while kneading bread. Holland traces her passion for massage back to high school, and now, fully established in her career, she thoroughly enjoys helping others “find balance in their lives.”
At Envy Spa Salon, an experienced team of stylists and massage therapists tends to the skin and hair of guests. Apart from the signature eyelash extensions for which they're known, the salon also treats guests to spa packages, which invite customers to take a breath with facial treatments and massages. Hair services add bursts of color in highlights or lowlights. Meanwhile, hot stones soothe backs and hot waxes remove unwanted body hair.
Shiatsu is a Japanese term that means simply “finger pressure”, which is exactly how this massage modality releases tension from muscular tissue. Licensed massage therapist Robert Ellestad opened his practice to bring the relaxing, therapeutic qualities of Shiatsu massage to bodies of all shapes and sizes. In addition to this pressure-point-focused style, he soothes bodies with the gentle series of Swedish massage strokes. His Thai massage sessions incorporate a series of facilitated yoga-like stretches that work out stiff muscles and joints while the client lies on a mat or hovers slightly on a flying carpet.
From the lavish products to the posh surroundings, Havana Salon aims to pamper visitors from start to finish. Since 2002, the staff of Havana has provided a wide variety of services, from basic haircuts and color treatments using Paul Mitchell products, to body waxing and full bridal packages that include an optional husband. Besides focusing on their clients' hair, Havana Salon also makes a concerted effort to give back to the community through charitable donations to organizations such as the YMCA and YWCA.
Owned by a family of licensed massage therapists and clinical hypnotherapists, Liberty Massage and Hypnosis has helped clients to unwind and recharge for 15 years. Along with massages, body wraps, and facials, Liberty Massage and Hypnosis calms the mind through alternative treatments including hypnosis, psychological acupressure, and kitten nuzzling.