Canji Healing Touch owner Jennifer Graves grew up in a culture that emphasized touch. But when she came to the United States, she realized people were more physically distanced. She decided to become a massage therapist and bring the calming, comforting power of touch to more people. Her business's name pays homage to both her birthplace of Canje, Guyana, and her belief that touch can heal.
Before each of her massages, Jennifer fills the room with the soothing aromas of lavender and sage oil, then turns on relaxing music. She's skilled in a variety of therapies, including Swedish massage—whose relaxing strokes banish stress and increase circulation—and trigger-point massage, which helps relieve the pain of tight muscles. Prenatal and postnatal massages help women's bodies as they handle the added stress of pregnancy. Jennifer also performs sports massages to release tension and soreness from being too awesome at football. Her therapeutic integrative massages aim to not only help bodies feel better but also rejuvenate clients emotionally and spiritually to nourish their whole being.
Inside A New Derma Clinic's spotless treatment room, certified aestheticians execute a medley of restorative facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments with nourishing products from Dermalogica's skincare line. Swedish, aromatherapy, hot-stone, and reflexology massages, performed by the dexterous digits of an attentive therapist, help to liberate tension from anxious backs and shoulders. The clinic also lavishes clients with a variety of waxing services, where technicians uproot unwanted fuzz from eyebrows, bikini lines, and legs to leave skin smooth and hair-free for up to eight weeks, or about the time it takes to clean all of the painfully sticky honey from a home jacuzzi.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
"We're not interested in running an assembly line. Every customer is given all the time needed to achieve their desired result," explains TaNesha, owner of Solace Hair and Esthetics Studio. But customers aren't just given time; they're pampered from the moment they enter the studio, when they're handed a glass of lemon-infused spring water. Beyond its homey doors, Solace offers makeup services, facials, and waxing, and each service is lavished on guests in an attentive and individualized style. TaNesha is also the woman behind the T. Barnes Beauty Group, a collective of aestheticians, massage therapists, nail technicians, and makeup artists who provide mobile beauty services wherever they're needed.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Ron McKnight, licensed massage therapist and owner of The Center for Therapeutic Massage and Athletics, honed his muscle manipulation skills working on Olympians in Barcelona, Atlanta, and Athens. His deft hands seek out injury-prone areas of the anatomy on the sporty and stationary alike and attempt to prevent strains and third-degree charley horses. He has been known to ease the pain of headaches, muscle spasms, and stiff necks, and is so dedicated to improving overall wellness that he offers hearing and cognitive-assessment testing to ensure his clients are in peak physical condition.