Inside sage green and lavender treatment rooms, guests at Elphabala Massage unwind under licensed massage therapist Amanda Gyldholm-Kermes's steady hands. Amanda descends on sore muscles with deep-tissue pressure or long, slow kneads during Swedish sessions. Either way, she tailors her strokes to suit each client?which is why she begins each of her sessions with a consultation.
Jesse Gilbert at Elphabala Massage soothes away aches and stress with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal massages. His treatments seek to expel toxins and improve blood circulation. He can even ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia with a specialized massage designed to target improve range of motion and increase production of the body's natural painkillers.
Bella Vita Massage Therapy owner and licensed massage therapist Stephanie Swango calls upon the skills she picked up at Dayton School of Medical Massage to soften and soothe muscles. To maximize the therapeutic benefits of each session, she encourages clients to arrive a few minutes early so that a brief consultation and prep does not interfere with the duration of the treatment. After clients lie down on her massage table, she pores over their muscles with a relaxing Swedish massage, which induces relaxation, or deep-tissue massage, which utilizes focused pressure and stretching to relieve the soreness that typically comes from wrestling with a bungee cord.
Felisha Beverly, founder of Holistic Hands of Hope, draws upon her background in hypnotherapy, Pranic Healing, Ayurvedic therapies, and massage as she helps her clients find balance within their bodies and minds. For aches and stresses too large to be tackled by two hands alone, she and her team offer four- and six-handed bodywork sessions, which relax muscles better than hugs from an injured octopus. HypnoBirthing fertility therapies help women trying to conceive, and meditation coaching aids in the training of the mind.
After dealing firsthand with their own issues of pain and discomfort, the massage therapists at Hands Massage Studio teamed up to help others experiencing the same problems. They use Swedish, prenatal, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques during sessions, which are held in the office or in the client?s home or favorite bus stop.
At Beaute Box, which channels the "feel of a chic Paris apartment" according to the Dayton Daily News, owner Lisa Scott flaunts skills acquired during nearly two decades of salon artistry. The studio began as a mobile beauty service, but has evolved to fill a space crowded with clocks, statuettes of hands, and candlesticks. Brushes cloaked in long-wear Shellac polish glide across nails, and visitors awaiting custom-designed primping parties lounge on low-slung couches. Giggles drift up to the soaring ceilings as youngsters finish pampering treatments and race through the shop, admiring newly colorful digits or attempting to match polish to an imaginary friend's eyes.