Nobody will mistake Mountain Therapeutics for an ancient Buddhist temple, but the two have more in common than one might think. This is all thanks to licensed massage therapists David Schoenberg and business partner Marisa DelMonaco, whose mutual interest in Buddhist teachings led them to master traditional Thai yoga massage. With a history that stretches back three millennia, this form of bodywork requires a deep commitment on the therapist?s part. This did not deter David. If anything, he was attracted to the ways in which Thai yoga massage exemplifies the Buddhist principles of kindness and compassion.
Today, David administers the slow, rhythmic strokes of Thai yoga massage within the serene confines of their shared studio. When he isn?t using their thumbs, palms, elbows, and feet to seek out sen?or energy?lines across the body, he works to alleviate chronic pains with neuromuscular therapy and increase muscles? range of movement with myofascial therapy. Considering the holistic emphasis of most of their massages, it?s not surprising that he also offers detoxifying colonics and nutritional coaching to ensure that clients aren?t getting all of their iron from anvil shavings.
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.
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.
When Maggie Wang came to the United States, she quickly hit the ground running as she pursued a career in the art of massage. After training with the Academy of Health and Beauty, passing the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exam, and becoming licensed in the state of Connecticut, she opened up Mi Therapy Spa. There, she doles out eight different types of massages, two types of facials, in addition to rendering waxing services. Soft music plays during each treatment, and Maggie prefers to use cream as an aid during her massages. She finds that this allows her to maintain a better connection with muscles and, unlike oil, doesn't stain clothes or attract feral loaves of Italian bread.
Registered dietitian Dr. Julie Conner's first brush with dietetics came in 1983, as an intern at Westchester Medical Center. It turns out the experience was a sign of things to come. She has since earned a master's degree in public health from New York Medical College and a doctorate in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health?and cofounded Healthy Weighs Wellness Center with her husband, Will.
At Healthy Weighs, the couple and their staff?which includes their son, Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Conner?provide wellness services such as nutrition counseling, spinal adjustments, and massage therapy. To help prevent future injuries without forcing clients to buy an expensive time machine, the team also schedules yoga and reiki classes.