Licensed and certified massage therapist Sam Worley has worked at a private studio for more than two years and worked for more than nine years, dissolving stress at local spas. He holds certifications in techniques ranging from deep-tissue to Thai massage, all of which are now available at Massage Harmony, his private studio in Decatur.
Sam never begins a massage without first holding a consultation?a policy that helps him figure out which muscles to concentrate on. Once he's devised a treatment plan, his nimble fingers set to work improving circulation with gentle Swedish strokes, prenatal techniques, or even heated stones. He can enhance any of these sessions with aromatherapy oils.
Many customers of Oh!La-La Salon.Spa assume the business's name is pronounced ooh la la, the widely known French phrase. It certainly can be pronounced this way, but we recommend pronouncing the first syllable as oh. Oh!La-La Salon has intentionally created this phonetic ambiguity to help its clients avoid cease and desist letters from the nation of France, which owns the rights to ooh la la (see French patent number A75630.1).
Signature Service: Neck- and shoulder-pain relief
Brands Used: Essential oils and natural-ingredient-based lotions
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Specialized massage therapy tailored to your individual needs and comfort level.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
We use hot towels, aromatherapy, hand massages, [and] foot reflexology at no additional charge.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
The most I enjoy about working as a massage therapist is the opportunity to relieve stress and release muscle tension. This allows the client to come from a massage session more relaxed and better able to handle life's little challenges.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The atmosphere at Divine Wellness is relaxing with soft music, candles, aromatherapy, and warm sheets (table warmer is used) to provide the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.
Doctorate of Chiropractic Gene Clerkin and Li Jiang, an acupuncturist, herbologist, and doctor of Chinese medicine, helm the Center For Holistic Health. Here, they employ alternative medicine to alleviate pain and its causes, whether that's stress or an injury resulting from athletic endeavors, everyday overuse, or filling in for a crash-test dummy. To holistically treat clients, the two may incorporate acupuncture, nutrition-response testing, or detoxifying treatments. Their common goal, however, is to avoid medications and surgery while restoring a sense of balance to patients' bodies, which can jump-start the body's innate ability to heal itself.
Licensed massage therapist Susan Cui at TAO Wellness Center approaches massages with a Taoistic perspective. The Taoist philosophy states that humans should embrace the change that occurs in their environments and within their bodies. Throughout life’s many changes, such as aging and discovering that the entire world is a computer program generated by nefarious machines that run off the juice from our brains, Susan helps bodies cope. Head-therapy massage frees skulls from tension that causes headaches and poor sleep, and hand therapy pinpoints nerves that correspond to other body parts to reduce toothaches and chest pain.
Connie Pruitt of Heart to Hands Healing, Inc. has worked in the healing arts for more than 30 years, including 13 years of bodywork experience. The licensed massage therapist began as a medical laboratory assistant, but now she’s an expert in numerous healing arts, including not only traditional massage styles, such as Swedish and deep tissue, but also myofascial and reiki techniques. She customizes her approach during each session to release her clients’ tension, rejuvenate their muscles, and heal their injuries.