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 Whispering Bamboo Massage Therapy, LLC, licensed massage therapist Virginia L. Noyes treats pain resulting from car accidents and sports injuries, among other causes. She can also treat aches that don't have a clear source, such as chronic neck or back pain. In addition, she performs relaxation massages for clients who just want to unwind. Virginia also reduces cellulite and slim physiques with Lypossage treatments, which are more effective than covering bodies in flour and flattening them with a rolling pin.
Carlie O’Leal, EnVision Massage Therapy’s experienced massage therapist, blends multiple modalities to suit each of her client’s needs. Muscle mollification begins with a verbal assessment and postural analysis to determine trouble spots. Carlie may employ a range of ameliorating therapy including deep tissue techniques, which target rarely-seen muscles buried fathoms below the skin, and Swedish massage, which gently diffuses bodily minefields with kneading strokes. Myofascial release and craniosacral therapy address soft tissue troubles and cranial sutures for gentle, proper alignment, and Thai massage both energizes and relaxes with yogic stretches. Carlie can adapt to the needs of baby-bundling physiques with pregnancy massage, or heat corporeal spots with the specific placement of warm, smooth sediment along the body during hot-stone massage. Trigger-point therapy focuses tender nodules in its viewfinder, eliminating nerve-impeding discomfort with marksman-like precision.
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.