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.