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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The experienced staff at Elevated Health Massage bring a range of modalities to the massage table to improve the well-being of their clients. Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages number among their services, as do reiki and neuromuscular therapy. They also offer particularly relaxing getaways with couples massages. Perfect for celebrating an anniversary or Mother’s Day, these packages include extras such as champagne.