To secure its position as the best massage clinic of 2010, Massage Specialist presented Boulder Weekly with a suite of services that went beyond the basics. The clinic's therapists practice more than 10 massage styles including classic modalities (e.g., Swedish, deep tissue, and sports) as well as uncommon therapies (e.g., manual lymphatic drainage, infant massage, and shiatsu). Most treatments incorporate the clinic's signature water-dispersible oils and lotions that do not stain clothing but may dissolve witches. They prep for appointments by draping treatment beds with fresh, clean linens, and educating guests on therapies that suit their personal ailments. Aside from massage therapy, the clinic offers spinal adjustments, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and herbal consultations.
At Bliss Skin Care and Massage, licensed therapist JoeAnn Wardell helps clients relinquish stress and tension with traditional and exotic bodywork techniques. She can help clients take the edge off with a blissful relaxation massage, target chronic pain with deep-pressure work, or help expecting mothers relax after another hard day of chopping wood to build a crib. Using heated bamboo sticks, JoeAnn works deep into the muscles to undo knots and kinks. She also practices cupping therapy, a form of Chinese medicine that uses suction and negative pressure to detoxify the body. And she lets clients bolster every massage experience with a choice of aromatherapy oils, such as juniper berry or sandalwood.
Alivio Massage Therapy offers treatments designed to relieve everything from physical pain to emotional blockage. The goal is to restore and maintain balance in the body, and Alivio Massage Therapy does so with custom massages that incorporate deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and myofascial release therapies. Another avenue toward balance is the studio?s raindrop therapy, as well as a technique called access consciousness ?the bars? treatment?a scalp treatment that focuses on 32 predetermined spots on the head that, when touched, release emotional blockage. A cherry on top, so to speak, is the complimentary shot of raw juice that the studio offers, which can be sipped or used to turn some weeds into a field of fruits, vegetables, and vitamin tablets.
When Dameion Hines was in massage therapy school, he immersed himself in a variety of massage modalities so that he could help clients find relief, whatever issues they might be dealing with. In addition to performing treatments such as myofascial release, sports massage, and deep-tissue massage, he also provides specialty rolfing/structural integration sessions, in which he has over 15 years experience, that work to realign bodies and improve posture. Dameion considers himself a human spellchecker, identifying and correcting errors throughout the whole body. His work aims to help alleviate migraines, neck pain, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, sciatica, knee pain, and plantar fasciitis, among other conditions. He also has eight years experience treating clients recovering from workplace injuries, car accidents, and surgeries.
Joy Hewitt Kind and Regina Rodriguez both have a personal passion for helping women in need. Channeling the healing powers of acupuncture and massage, respectively, the two have come together to create Harmony's Family Cooperative, an all-encompassing holistic care center that houses Comfort & Joy Oriental Medicine and helps women relax with massage and acupuncture sessions designed specifically for them. The spa aims to ease the burden on mothers and mothers-to-be through treatments that address fertility problems, postpartum issues, and malaise from the stress of early motherhood, as well as fending off any hired muscle from unpaid storks. They also teach classes that prepare expectant mothers and help keep them level-headed through the early months after giving birth.