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.
Though the historic post-and-beam building that houses her studio dates all the way back to the 1830s, licensed massage therapist Lynda Williams is used to dealing with healing traditions that are even older than that. She draws upon her training and experience in ancient Eastern and Western modalities—including acupressure, craniosacral, and positional release therapy—to release stress, address chronic pain, and relieve the symptoms of an array of medical conditions. Each therapeutic session is tailored to clients' individual needs, addressing both physical symptoms and their underlying physical or emotional causes.
At LoveHealing, a massage therapist relaxes bodies and relieves tension with a range of massage modalities that inspire mind-body harmony. These indulgent services are all performed within the cozy confines of her softly lit studio, pleasing clients' eyes as their bodies sink into relaxation.
Named for the Hawaiian word for thanks, praise, and respect, the signature Mahalo massage makes sure the body is relaxed, rested, and respected for the course of an entire hour. Owner and licensed massage-therapist Katherine Awalt treats clients to her healing hands, which transport aching bodies to a land of reality-based make-believe. Utilizing a mélange of Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, and medical massage techniques for customized treatments, the signature Mahalo massage can help to reduce pain, improve stiffness, and increase circulation. Awalt is passionate about healing tired, sore soul sacks and perking up flagging, worn smile muscles. All services take place within Mahalo's tropically bedecked confines, which feature walls painted in hues of bright blue and green, tropical flowers, and natural lighting that evokes an early morning on a beach that's not surrounded by hostile dolphins.
Heather Soss isn't just licensed to massage?she also boasts national certification, fluency in reiki techniques, and a membership with the American Massage Therapy Association. With these tools in her belt, she mends muscles and fosters personal growth. Before Heather opened her own studio, she immersed herself in the spa industry and spent two years working at a massage school. With that experience, she founded Health & Harmony Massage and Wellness Center, a peaceful retreat surrounded by a bike-path-equipped patch of nature, where clients can relinquish anxiety and heal.
Her team of licensed and trained therapists continues their education to bolster their menu of techniques, which includes Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massage. While their nimble fingers knead sinews with Somasilk massage cream, the therapists can cover clients' eyes with lavender-eucalyptus eye pillows. The team also furnishes table warmers and heating pads that help loosen gnarly tissues. In addition to releasing calming hormones, such as serotonin and dopamine, massage can reduce cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress and the birth of future terrible NFL Draft picks.
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.