Licensed massage therapist Susan Cui at TAO Wellness Center approaches massages with a Taoistic perspective. The Taoist philosophy states that humans should embrace the change that occurs in their environments and within their bodies. Throughout life’s many changes, such as aging and discovering that the entire world is a computer program generated by nefarious machines that run off the juice from our brains, Susan helps bodies cope. Head-therapy massage frees skulls from tension that causes headaches and poor sleep, and hand therapy pinpoints nerves that correspond to other body parts to reduce toothaches and chest pain.
Frankincense. Sandalwood. Spikenard. These are just a handful of the essential oils relied upon in ancient Egypt, China, and India for their beneficial qualities. Today, the certified practitioner from At the Table Health Ministries employs these oils during raindrop massages, simultaneously restoring bodily and mental balance.
The trained therapists at Urban Temple Studio Spa unwind tight spines, smooth skin, and detoxify bodies in the intimate studio. Clients melt into a bed in the private treatment room to the tune of their choice of music, from zen to smooth jazz. During each massage treatment, a therapist tailors kneads to fit the client's pressure preference while helping to improve circulation and detoxify the body.
Other purifying options include hydrotherapy full-body wraps, which purge toxins using herbs, mud, and seaweed. Urban Temple's spa packages offer themed days of relaxation, such as chocolate-centric treatments for 8- to 15-year-olds, indulgent massages and facials for adults, and romantic spa services for couples looking to bond without building an Ikea furnace together.
Licensed and certified massage therapist Sam Worley has worked at a private studio for more than two years and worked for more than nine years, dissolving stress at local spas. He holds certifications in techniques ranging from deep-tissue to Thai massage, all of which are now available at Massage Harmony, his private studio in Decatur.
Sam never begins a massage without first holding a consultation—a policy that helps him figure out which muscles to concentrate on. Once he's devised a treatment plan, his nimble fingers set to work improving circulation with gentle Swedish strokes, prenatal techniques, or even heated stones. He can enhance any of these sessions with aromatherapy oils.