11 years. 10,000 hours. That's how long certified massage therapist Mike Case has spent kneading sore backs and shoulders. He draws on this experience at his private studio, where a heated massage table keeps muscles warm and pliable. Trickling fountains and flickering candles further aid in relaxation while Mike soothes ailments that range from common sports injuries to multiple sclerosis. Though he's especially skilled at myofascial release and deep-tissue techniques, his repertoire of modalities also includes Swedish and neuromuscular massage.
Reading doesn't always involve words?just ask Katie Maxwell, the massage therapist behind Tranquil Kiwi Massage. At the start of her foray into the world of healing, Maxwell studied at the Aveda Institute in Denver. There, she learned to "read" the human body's manifestations of physical pain, unearthing the emotional stressors that cause muscles to ache, tense up, or listen to Joni Mitchell records all day.
Today, at her studio, Maxwell helps clients move past both physical and emotional pain with a variety of treatments. Depending on individual needs, she may recommend deep-tissue massage, cupping, cryotherapy, or even a relaxation-focused Swedish massage. However, she also knows the importance of finding a release for mental stress, which is why she offers pampering spa treatments, including soothing salt scrubs and aromatherapy sessions.
Most Popular Service: Massage
Brands Used: Sanitas
Minimum Age Requirement: 21
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Andrea, the director at Serenity On St. Paul Day Spa, enjoys making people feel good by helping them look their best. She leads a team of aestheticians and therapists who offer facials, massages, waxing, and nail care. She often has them combine their services into spa packages, which invite guests to spend a few hours within the spa's luxurious confines as they enjoy skin treatments and massages with a side of decadent treats, such as champagne, chocolate truffles, or air that was once breathed by a Broncos player.
Cherry Creek Wellness Center is a multi-faceted facility devoted to helping clients improve fitness, rehabilitate injuries or ailments, and develop a healthy lifestyle. Within the Center, visitors will find physical therapists, massage therapists, Pilates instructors, group exercise classes, and personal trainers. Cherry Creek Wellness Center prides itself on the amount of time spent with each person under their care, focusing on everything from weight loss to sports injuries, women’s health issues, and chronic stress.
Athletic activity. Cramped office conditions. Poorly maintained posture. All of these factors can contribute to chronic, occasionally debilitating, aches and pains throughout a person's body. At Colorado Muscle Therapy, a massage therapist specializes in helping clients live pain-free lives by correcting the structural abnormalities caused by injury or routine wear and tear. Specialized massage modalities?including everything from deep-tissue work to myofascial release?soothe tense muscles and connective tissues while reducing inflammation. To complement these treatments, the therapist also offers assisted stretching sessions designed to improve mobility. For a more in-depth approach, they also lead movement-based classes that use yoga, Pilates, or tai chi to bolster flexibility and increase a client's range of motion.