At Bliss Skin Care and Massage, licensed therapist JoeAnn Wardell helps clients relinquish stress and tension with traditional and exotic bodywork techniques. She can help clients take the edge off with a blissful relaxation massage, target chronic pain with deep-pressure work, or help expecting mothers relax after another hard day of chopping wood to build a crib. Using heated bamboo sticks, JoeAnn works deep into the muscles to undo knots and kinks. She also practices cupping therapy, a form of Chinese medicine that uses suction and negative pressure to detoxify the body. And she lets clients bolster every massage experience with a choice of aromatherapy oils, such as juniper berry or sandalwood.
As a natural-born artist with a passion for drawing and painting, Candace Walker felt that becoming a skincare specialist was a natural choice. She now relies on her keen artistic eye and her extensive training as an aesthetician and massage therapist while she treats clients at Pure Elegance Spa. Her goal is to empower visitors by revealing their skin's naturally youthful radiance. Specialized facial treatments can help cleanse the pores, minimize signs of inflammation, or even target the blemishes commonly associated with aging skin. The spa's microdermabrasion sessions and chemical peels similarly even out the cheekbones' tone and texture while stimulating new cell growth and revealing the healthy skin just beneath the surface. For full-body care, Candace even offers exfoliating salt and sugar scrubs in addition to therapeutic massages, which use various modalities?including everything from Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to neuromuscular therapy and energy-balancing Reiki techniques?to alleviate mental and physical tension.
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.
Joy Hewitt Kind and Regina Rodriguez both have a personal passion for helping women in need. Channeling the healing powers of acupuncture and massage, respectively, the two have come together to create Harmony's Family Cooperative, an all-encompassing holistic care center that houses Comfort & Joy Oriental Medicine and helps women relax with massage and acupuncture sessions designed specifically for them. The spa aims to ease the burden on mothers and mothers-to-be through treatments that address fertility problems, postpartum issues, and malaise from the stress of early motherhood, as well as fending off any hired muscle from unpaid storks. They also teach classes that prepare expectant mothers and help keep them level-headed through the early months after giving birth.
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.
Soco Salon and Spa’s stylists, colorists, makeup artists, and aestheticians have some heavy-duty weaponry. Armed with products from Kerastase, L'Oreal Professional, and Vital Therapy, they ably do battle with untamable tresses, blemishes, and muscle knots to render more radiant and relaxed clients.