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.
Most spas will tell you what to put on your skin, but few will tell you what to put in your body. But Suite 20 Day Spa is different—the staff includes not only massage therapists and aestheticians, but a licensed dietitian. The hair services are extensive as well: stylists wrap tresses in rollers and coat unruly strands with relaxers, using products from Straight Request, Design Essentials, and CB Smooth. And unlike at voting and gambling stations, kids don’t just have to sit and watch, since they too can hop into the styling chair for cuts, curling, and flat-wrapping.
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.
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.
At Optimal Health Wellness Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Shoanmarie Seals and licensed massage therapist Angela Roberson work together to keep their clientele healthy and stress-free. The duo specializes in treating headaches, back pain, and various occupational and sports injuries with a combination chiropractic spinal adjustments and therapeutic massage. Other services include homeopathic weight-loss treatments and infrared-sauna sessions.