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.
Dawn's Pizzazz crafts personalized coiffing experiences from detailed consultations, helping to earn it a spot as one of Salon Today's top-200 salons in 2011. A salon concierge can tailor a stylist recommendation to suit each client's needs. Cut-and-style odysseys begin with a cranium-racking consultation, which calculates an equation of lifestyle, personality, and hair type to determine a customized shaping strategy. After 30–45 minutes of soaking and scissoring, a final style preps hair for reentry onto sidewalk runways.
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.
The primary concerns for Doctors of Chiropractic Sclafani and Healy are to alleviate their patients’ pain and prevent its recurrence. Whether patients are injured on the job or on the ball field, whether they’re dealing with back or neck pain, the chiropractors get them functioning again through use of massage and physical therapy as well as in-office adjustments. They treat everything from carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis to pinched nerves and sciatica. In correcting postures and movements, they also help patients prevent the return of injury or pain and teach them a number of exercises to assist in the process.
The skin- and bodycare experts at Body Essentials Holistic Spa and Wellness Center strike a balance between relaxing and energizing therapies to restore equilibrium to stressed-out bodies. Rejuvenating body treatments blend all-natural products with Eastern modalities—such as Thai herbal massages, Pranayama yoga breathing techniques, and reiki—to promote healing and relaxation. Nine types of facials target aging skin, congested sinuses, or chins covered in crayon scribbles.
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.
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