The staff at Healing Arts Institute instructs aspiring therapists in body work that aims to eliminate pain from the center of the body. Anatomy and physiology classes, classrooms with full-length mirrors, and more than 1,600 square feet of space help interns learn body mechanics. A vast understanding of the body’s inner workings help them as they move from classroom study to the school’s onsite spa, where clients can schedule massages with them or with the school’s experts. Student interns complete over 200 hours of training, and while beginning interns perform gentle Swedish-style massages, more advanced practitioners can quell injuries with their handiwork. Regardless of style, all of Healing Arts Institute’s clients depart from the massage clinic feeling more relaxed than a sloth traveling through a speed trap.
Healing Arts Institute also has a community-acupuncture clinic where a licensed acupuncturist, not a student, inserts needles into several clients at once. Clients lie back in recliners and rest while the needles go to work. Because the acupuncturist can treat multiple people at a time and no private treatment rooms are used, community acupuncture costs less than private acupuncture. It is also the type of acupuncture commonly used in Asia.
Back in Action Massage owner Chris Barnes and his staff of therapists know a thing or two about relaxation. When he wasn’t spending blissful afternoons lounging on the deck of his sailboat, Barnes logged 900 hours in National Holistic Institute's core program. In the process, he achieved the highest levels of massage mastery available. An expert in Swedish, shiatsu, Thai, and deep tissue massage, he also uses his adroit hands to relieve stress by performing myofacial therapy or opening really stubborn cream cheese packets for clients during big meetings.
The licensed massage therapists and estheticians at Sofitel Massage believe that true beauty begins on the inside, which is why they offer relaxing treatments that bring out the good in every one of their clients. At this carefully designed, soothing studio, spa-goers can receive Swedish, deep-tissue, reflexology, or Thai massages that help to loosen tight muscles. Clients can also stick around for an hour-long massage, or spend the day enjoying other de-stressing treatments from within the comforts of this quiet oasis.
Before Aaron Harris ever rescued a sore back with massage, he dashed to the aid of others as a paramedic. Today, he applies his knowledge of kinesiology and physiology with a backdrop of soothing sounds rather than sirens to help his clients recover from injuries and battle chronic pain. To ensure top-notch treatments, he staffs his office with current students and alumni of the National Holistic Institute who also studied kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology. These trained therapists are skilled in massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, zen shiatsu, and Thai. And when they aren't kneading sinews, they perform holistic techniques such as energy work, aromatherapy, crystal healing, and reiki. They can also leave their office to mend muscles and mobilize joints on-location at events, such as a tin-man convention.
With an expansive menu of services, Eden Day Spa refreshes bodies from head to toe using the latest techniques and quality products. Countenance caretakers rinse away dermal imperfections with a variety of facials, including the personalized European facial ($85) and a gentlemen's facial ($105) that deep cleanses, soothes razor burn, and paints on a dapper moustache. Relieving tense tendons, various massages—such as a soothing hot-stone massage ($105 for 60 minutes)—help bodies and their owners relax and forget about the impending woodchuck uprising. Eden Day Spa also offers makeup applications, body scrubs and bronzing treatments, and hair-removal services. Those seeking greater frontal fortitude can invigorate faces with a Dermio Oxygen Therapy treatment and facial, which rejuvenates the visage, neck, and décolletage, helping to facilitate collagen production and providing an oxygenated breath of fresh air throughout the entire body. Inspired by the style of ancient Turkish bathhouses, Eden Day Spa gives guests a sensory sanctuary complete with Mediterranean art and social quarters for chatting up Ottoman artisans.