When most people think of massage, they think of a relaxing experience that's meant to slow down life's hectic pace for an hour or so. There's certainly something to that, as modalities such as Swedish massage counter stress with gentle kneads and short, hypnotically rhythmic strokes. But there's a lot more to massage than relaxing, as the therapists at Invigorate Massage and Wellness know. Several of their other modalities are actually intended to energize clients. Whether they're relieving a sprain to help you get back on the field or healing back pains so you get back to commuting to work on horseback, they focus on a lot more than short-term relaxation.
Downtown's Healthcare's licensed chiropractors and massage therapists strive to offer treatments that help patients reduce their risks of pain and illness. Their services include rehabilitation, massage, physical therapy, and diagnostics, aimed at alleviating maladies such as allergies, asthma, stress, or pain.
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.
At Zandi K Salon, everyone has a story. Stina Nelson didn't realize her passion for massage until a string of bad car accidents led her to the muscle-mending techniques for her own pain relief. Co-owner Nicki Wenz, meanwhile, worked as one of just 12 national Aveda makeup artists in the mid 2000s, traveling the country for photo shoots and trade shows. Educators, artists, world travelers, and Aveda-trained beauty professionals all gather within the earth-toned and stacked-slate walls of Zandi K to lend their life experiences to the looks of others.
They get a little help from their products, of course. The team uses all-natural, plant- and flower-based Aveda products made with sustainably harvested ingredients that are gentle on hair, skin, and Mother Nature's patience. These combine in services that run the gamut from styling and coloring to waxing and ousting acne with facials. But before clients watch their appearances transform in minimalist, steel-framed mirrors, they can sit back in the waiting room with a Session beer, Barefoot red wine, or fruit-infused water, and share their own story.
Guided by a licensed medical director, the team of certified laser technicians at Hellenic Laser Spa helps men and women refine their complexions with an array of skin services. Harnessing noninvasive light waves from diode, yag, and alexandrite lasers, team members prune unwanted body hair, even out pigmentation, alleviate acne, and blast toenail fungus. Radio frequency, infrared light, CO2 fractional, and Botox and Juvéderm injections iron out facial wrinkles that lead to sagging skin, crow's-feet, and being mistaken for a painting of an ancestor. The facility also boasts a team of massage therapists ready to smudge away stress with soothing kneads during Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
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.