As a student athlete, Shannon Pannell often helped teammates ease their aches with a massage. It wasn’t until she spent nearly 20 years in the medical and business fields that she decided to switch careers and go to massage school. Now a licensed therapist, she unfurls Swedish, sports, and prenatal techniques to help her patients find relief from pain and stress.
Just walking distance from the University of Delaware’s campus, The Zen Den offers non-competitive yoga and massage services in a calm and welcoming studio focused on helping people find their best self and flourish in their community. The schedule features Pilates and a variety of yoga classes offered seven days a week. Yoga styles include kundalini, prenatal, and hatha flow yoga with an emphasis on Zen meditation, and the staff can work with clients to figure out which classes and teachers best fit their practice. Additionally, The Zen Den’s pair of licensed massage-therapists— also the co-owners—soothe bodies and minds with a slate of massages such as deep tissue, Swedish, fertility, and sports.
Salon Jalore's menu of services is far-reaching, ranging from haircutting and coloring to makeup and bridal services. The classic Salon Jalore facial is a 60-minute sojourn into cleansing steam and skin pampering, whereas the hand and foot scrubs use sea salts and massage to rejuvenate the skin and revive the extremities. Massage therapists also offer raindrop massage, reiki, and reflexology, as well as prenatal and sports massages.
Voted best men's barber and salon by the readers of Delaware Today in 2012 and 2014, Studio One Eleven surrounds fellas in relaxing, masculine ambiance while polishing handsome exteriors. Haircuts, coloring services, and dandruff-fighting scalp treatments keep dapper Dans looking even dapperer, and waxing streamlines chests for pool season or removes chest-clinging koalas for sweltering summer months. Spa services such as massages and facials melt away stress while keeping skin supple with essential oils and moisturizing emollients. The studio's focus on luxury extends beyond specific services, with complimentary chair massages during every visit, free hairdo touchups between scheduled visits, and an onsite putting green to practice shots while waiting for appointments.
Ensconced in a private room, a woman takes a deep breath and slowly exhales as warm bamboo transmit heat to her muscles, melting away the tension built up between her shoulders. As she slips into a state of profound relaxation, a trained therapist blends Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release techniques to untangle her most tightly wound knots. They also offer Mu-Xing bamboo therapy, which allows therapists to use warm bamboo and rosewood tools to work deeper and deliver a full body deep tissue massage.
Such a scene is a daily reality at A Balanced Life Massage, where 18 massage therapists team up to alleviate muscles sore from the workday rigors of sitting in office chairs or riding the break room’s mechanical bull. Their massage center is built on the basis of professional massage services without the fancy robes, manicures, and expensive notions of some day spas. Simply tell your therapist what ails you during a 15-minute presession consultation; together, you can craft a custom massage that pays specific attention to your treatment goals and problem areas.
Licensed massage therapist A. Fernando Luna restores range of motion to achy human hinges with his signature bodywork. In the comfort of his cozy studio, he can ease chronic tension with Swedish strokes, trigger-point therapy, or firmer deep-tissue pressure. Sports bodywork sessions are also available to improve blood circulation in athletes and wooden marionettes who dream of becoming human.