If you told Shannon DeCamp years ago that she would become the official massage therapist of the Dayton Gems professional hockey team, she might have thought you were one winger short of a line change. The former waitress and bartender took an interest in the medical benefits of massage therapy after suffering from sciatica and seeking chiropractic care in an office that also housed a licensed massage therapist. She went on to graduate from the Dayton School of Medical Massage and earn licensure, and has trained in the areas of Swedish, sports, therapeutic, pregnancy, and hot-stone massage.
DeCamp now owns Regain Solace Therapeutic Massage—which operates inside At Peace Massage & Wellness—and offers mobile massage services in clients' homes. She also performs in-office chair massages, soothing muscles that are sore from rearranging cubicles into mini labryinths.
Even at a young age, Sharon L. Henry felt that she possessed a profound gift for helping others. Though her intuitive ability to sense pain was first confined to animals, in her teens she became aware of her capacity to help humans through massage and meditative work. Now a licensed massage therapist and the senior staff member at Harmony LMT, Sharon continues to use her gift to craft custom bodywork treatments. She is joined by the studio's other therapists, who ease ailing backs with warm oils and Swedish or deep-tissue strokes. When they aren’t beating back tension and ravenous pandas with warm bamboo sticks, Sharon and her team draw on ancient Chinese knowledge to combat cellulite with cupping treatments. Beyond the realm of human healing, Sharon also offers canine therapy for animals battling ailments such as hip dysplasia.
Owner and massage therapist Kenyatta Bozeman understands that massage is a practical way to relieve chronic pain—she graduated from the Dayton School of Medical Massage—but she also believes it should be a memorable experience. That's why she enhances her treatments with hot-towel add-ons, nine essential oils including tea tree and ylang-ylang, and even time for an after-massage nap, which can last up to 30 minutes or until the client's REM cycle has finished downloading the latest edition of Netscape Navigator. These add-ons complete the eight styles of massage available, including deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal.
The therapists at Massage RX specialize in six alternative massages, each designed to improve overall health and target specific problem areas. During the Ashiatsu massage, technicians dangle from overhead bars, using their feet to stretch and knead muscles with balanced, penetrating pressure. Similar to a Swedish massage—but without the use of oils or creams—the Ashi Thai massage employs elongating strokes and stretches to relieve tension. The bamboo-fusion massage, specially designed for treating shoulder pains, employs heated bamboo shoots to melt stress into moppable puddles and test the will power of any on-looking pandas.
At Peace Massage & Wellness is a one-stop shop for muscular euphoria, backing each offered service and class with the deft touch and extensive knowledge of an expert staff. Pull the plug on shoulder and back pains with your choice of any of the center's nine 60-minute massages ($60). Swedish massage employs long, soothing strokes to relieve muscular tension and improve blood flow, while craniosacral therapy aims to restore balance within the membranes and fluids surrounding the spinal cord, subsequently increasing the body's ability to heal itself, ward off disease, and reprimand inconsiderate cannonballers. Warm bamboo therapy is a rather new modality that combines the gentle kneads of Swedish massage with the application of controlled heat (via warmed bamboo and rattan) to simultaneously melt away everyday stress and stubborn summer popsicles.