Symmetry Therapeutic Massage Spa sprang from the dream of two friends and fellow massage therapists who sought to demonstrate that massage could be used to better physical health. They started small, with a one-room office behind a Pilates studio. Soon, however, they found themselves juggling more appointments than they could handle. Just two years later, they moved into a sprawling new sports-partnered studio, creating a new source of relief for athletes whose massages previously consisted of lying in the middle of the turf during a game.
Today, Symmetry's founding pair leads 30 other licensed therapists, each with her own unique background and specialty. These practitioners treat clients with more than a dozen massage modalities, including neuromuscular massage, which relies on static pressure to relieve area-specific pain, and Thai Yoga. Services such as soothing steam therapy and invigorating dry body-brushing augment the offerings.
During the studio's semi-private workshops, including couples' workshops, the therapists teach clients how to perform their massage techniques at home. This allows clients to connect with their partners during couples massages whenever they have some private time at home or a long wait in a grocery-store line together.
Twelve years of hands-on spa experience were enough to teach Gregg Gonzales a valuable lesson about his clients: no two are the same. He takes this lesson to heart at Dos Manos Massage Studio, where he draws on his intuition and massage know-how to craft massages that cater to all manner of aches and ailments. Stationed within six private treatment rooms, Gregg and his team of licensed massage therapists integrate modalities such as deep tissue and reflexology; the exact combination of techniques used always depends on their clients’ input. During each massage, the team of therapists welcomes clients to plug their own iPod into a dock beside the heated massage table and slip away to the self-recorded sounds of waves crashing or pigeons being tickled. Complimentary refreshments and a calming relaxation room erase any traces of tension that remain after the session.
When it comes to helping a client make positive adjustments, Changes of Cherry Creek doesn't restrict itself to just one methodology. For more than three decades, the spa has mixed science with holistic care in a manner that puts technology and human understanding on the same team.
On one end of the spa's spectrum, the hands of massage therapists and nail technicians caress achy muscles and embellish fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures. On the other end, the spa turns to computers, or at least experts who can speak in convincing robot voices. That willingness to utilize modern tools leads to the use of toning machines to make skin look younger, as well as lasers to zap away tufts of unwanted hair. The modernity even carries over to the decor—polished chrome coats the chairs, counters, and tables in the lobby.
The staff at Weight Loss MD understands the hardships that plague each weight-loss journey, which is why the clinic focuses solely on helping clients drop pounds safely and effectively. Through the use of injections and prescription medication, clients battling the bulge can find a support system that enhances their healthy diet and exercise routines. Daily doses of prescription phendimetrazine may produce noticeable short-term results, and a scheduled injection regimen may offer a more gradual long-term effect. The clinic is well stocked with B12 and three types of lipo injections, each designed to specifically help increase energy, curb cravings, or make broccoli taste like cheesecake.
A massage therapist with a decade of experience in the field, Sean Galaviz soothes clients' sore muscles with massage in several modalities, specializing in deep tissue, trigger point, Swedish, and relaxation massage. Inside Headwaves Salon, these sessions can be enhanced with hot stones and scalp massages for a sweet escape from everyday stress.
Though Franciska Fokkinga has been a jack-of-all-trades in the beauty industry for more than 33 years, in the last decade, she's focused her skills on skincare. In her role as a Bio-Therapeutics educator, she trains doctors, licensed aestheticians, and nurses in using microcurrent technology to noninvasively lift and tighten clients' faces, and employs it at her own studio.
Before each treatment, she sets a relaxing tone by lighting candles, turning on soothing music, and spritzing the room with a light aromatherapy spray infused with essential oils. Purple accents pop against her private studio's silvery walls, and her easygoing yet professional attitude makes the intimate atmosphere comfortable. But it's not just a relaxing experience—she says the main benefit is "actual, visual improvement in the skin."
"It's more than a froufrou facial, but it's not in a medical setting," she says. "I listen to the client and provide a comfortable setting for them, as well as a very effective facial." She selects custom products from brands such as Bio-Therapeutic to best care for her clients' skin types. At the end of appointments, she educates each client with personalized skincare recommendations.
In addition to her high-tech microcurrent and hydrodermabrasion treatments, she offers facials including a men's fitness facial and a classic European facial. Her services extend to facial and bikini waxing. She banishes strands from brows, chins, and lips with a lavender facial wax, and for bikini areas, she uses mild GiGi Honee wax, an all-purpose wax that doesn't burn, cause peeling, or jump ship to become a candlestick.