What began as a teenage interest in yoga and meditation eventually inspired Sarah Sazama to study Thai massage—in Thailand. She believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of touch, and at Metta Massage of Denver, her massage sessions are meant to heal not just the body but boost the mind as well. As she tugs her clients' limbs into stretches during Thai massage, she aims to relieve tension and restore flexibility while fostering peace of mind and calmness. For integrative massage, she draws from an arsenal of techniques—soothing Swedish strokes or more intensive ministrations of trigger-point release, for example—whatever might help with her client's issues, whether its sciatic pain or tension in the shoulders from waving at every plane that goes by.
The root of the word medicine, mederi, is a Latin term meaning “to heal.” It’s also the perfect name for Mederi Health, where a team of MDs and licensed acupuncturists do exactly that. Through alternative medicine, chiropractic care, and functional neurology, the clinic’s trio of doctors aims to alleviate a range of maladies. For example, Bio-identical hormone management can correct simple problems such as weight gain, fatigue, and crying during jewelry-store commercials, and acupuncture and chiropractic services can assuage lower-back pain, headaches, and carpal-tunnel syndrome. Modern medicine may not have developed a cure for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s yet, but Mederi’s functional neurologists can help victims maintain an ability to perform everyday tasks through simple exercises.
Scot Somes—the licensed acupuncturist and owner of the Center for Integrated Eastern Medicine—believe that each person should take control of his or her own health. His sister Stephanie, who works as a clinic practitioner, agrees. Together, they facilitate this at their Eastern Medicine clinic, which also serves as a sports physical therapy center. Patients can bring their body back to balance with a detailed acupuncture session, or have a Tui Na massage, in which a therapist focuses on acupressure points without using needles. Each treatment can be customized to attend to certain symptoms, including migraines, allergies, digestive issues, and chronic pain. Scot and Stephanie can even prescribe Chinese herbs to help speed recovery or increase your empathy for pandas.
The experienced staff at Elevated Health Massage bring a range of modalities to the massage table to improve the well-being of their clients. Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages number among their services, as do reiki and neuromuscular therapy. They also offer particularly relaxing getaways with couples massages. Perfect for celebrating an anniversary or Mother’s Day, these packages include extras such as champagne.
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Pantip Moungkan is a well-traveled gal. After graduating from Denver School of Massage Therapy, she ventured to Bangkok, Thailand for continued bodywork education in Thai massage. Now in the comfort of her own Jantala studio, Pantip can use what she’s learned to sideline a multitude of chronic aches. Clients may solicit the studio’s signature Thai massage for a blend of yoga stretching and acupressure or tackle lower-layer distress with trigger-point and deep-tissue techniques.