At Soma Bodywork, no two massages are the same. Sure, the licensed therapists offer the standard variety of Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, but they tailor these techniques to address each client's individual needs. They even look a bit outside the box to pepper their menu with traditional Eastern therapies such as shiatsu and acupressure. As if the sheer number of options weren't enough to bring you back to the downtown studio for more, certain massages are accompanied by warm cookies that can be eaten or placed along the back to soothe tension.
When she sees an imbalance in the body, Ginette Slaiher looks through more than one lens. She's a licensed massage therapist, acupuncturist, and has a background in personal training—careers that all come into play at Acussage Wellness. Ginette's primary goal is to restore the body to a balanced, healthy state, and her approach varies according to each client. She might combine massage modalities such as Swedish or deep tissue with a prescription of Chinese herbs, or conduct an acupuncture session to redirect the client's flow of energy. Her more obscure treatments include cupping, moxibustion, and auricular medicine, which stimulates pressure points on the ears to target health concerns elsewhere. These services strive to combat ailments from chronic pain and migraines, to allergies, sinus issues, and coping with stress. Additionally, Ginette practices structural therapy, a school of bodywork that corrects posture and skeletal misalignments.
Aesthetic experts from the United States, Canada, Europe, and India report to Alli Total Body Wellness & Aesthetics Center for business. There, they perform innovative anti-aging services such as body contouring, chemical peels, and laser hair removal to enhance clients' well being and appearance without pharmaceuticals or surgery. The team consults with clients to craft realistic treatment plans, which explains why team members often turn away clients who desire to trick Fabio into a face transfer. Along with their work at the aesthetics center, Alli’s experts oversee an onsite training facility that allows aspiring laser technicians to obtain certification.:
More than 25 years ago, licensed massage therapist and single mom Peggy Irvin was facing the challenges of raising two children on her own. Despite her personal struggles, Irvin dedicated her life to making other people more comfortable. She founded the original Body Massage Wellness Spa as a massage-only establishment, but through creativity and determination, has assembled a team of highly trained professionals and designed a space that is as soothing as the spa treatments on offer.
Guests sip warm cups of tea before a fragrant aromatherapy or deep-tissue massage, then head to a private room for a facial, Zerona laser body-contouring session, or Botox or Juvederm injection. During manicures, guests sit in cushy high-backed leather chairs facing wooden room dividers whose mirrored panels are ideal for admiring newly polished fingers or seeing how long you can make eye contact with yourself before it gets weird. To further banish quotidian stress, Irvin has outfitted the reception area with tranquil beige and blue-green earth tones and an abundance of plants.
To improve their patients' health and help them overcome chronic pains, the chiropractic team at Keystone Health & Wellness Center relies on a technique called Advanced BioStructural Correction. This innovative method gently nudges vertebrae into healthier positions to correct posture and reduce slouching. As the body begins to stand up straighter, pressure is removed from the delicate nerve tissue, muscles relax, and the lungs expand more freely, making it easier to stand more upright, breathe or scream hysterically on the bus. In addition to correcting spines, the team reduces inflammation and stimulates circulation with therapeutic massages.
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.