When they aren't mending muscles with traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, the therapists at Medical Massage for Health & Healing target stubborn knots with hot stones and bamboo. Another specialty is the Thai-stem coconut massage, a tropical treatment steeped in Asian skincare techniques. During this treatment, therapists rub skin with a steamed coconut oil that's flush with antioxidants and natural anti-aging properties, a procedure that leaves the body's surface like Pluto's surface after a collision with an asteroid belt: soft and silky smooth.
The setting is equally relaxing. A trickling fountain soothes guests as they lounge in the waiting room, which takes on a warm, orange glow thanks to an electric fireplace. Inside the private massage room, roses adorn a swirling wall ornament and anatomical charts pinpoint the location of the elusive funny bone.
At Roots of Vitality, massage therapist Kelly Kark melds a decade of experience working in a medical setting with five years of holistic health expertise. Specializing in therapeutic integrated massage and bodywork, Kelly draws from common modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage to offset pain and improve health. She also treats corporeal forms to lesser-known healing practices, including reiki and BioMat therapy, the latter of which relies on far infrared rays, crystals, and negative ions to help increase circulation and alleviate stiffness.
The massage therapists at Magill Massage and Wellness tailor their treatments to the individual, working with each client to develop custom treatments. Their massages range in purpose from rehabilitation after a serious accident to minor pain relief and simple relaxation.
Serenity Bodyworks massage therapist Susan Rocca-Krisanda does more than knead shoulders. One client claims that the therapist's massages leave her feeling like "melted butter"; another says that she never wants to leave the massage table. Susan helps patrons forget about stress at work or rivalries at the bowling alley with therapies that range from deep-tissue pressure to hot-stone massages that siphon stress from the muscles and joints.
A massage at True Serenity doesn't have to be just a massage?clients can add luxuriant extras such as hot towels, foot reflexology, aromatherapy, and hot stones to nearly any option. Massage therapist Tracey Johnson is also trained in special cases including infant massage, oncology massage, and post-mastectomy massage. She's gathered a team of other massage therapists to contribute their own specialties, some of which include sports massage and Reiki energy work. Clients step into the downtown office to find spacious treatment areas decorated with calming green tones and folksy art.
The licensed massage therapists at Intuitive Touch Spa, present clients with an array of massage modalities. Between the two therapists, they render massages in Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, sports, lomilomi, neuromuscular, sports, reiki, shiatsu, and reflexology modalities as well as offer couples and hot-stone options. The spa dedicates itself to helping clients feel and look their best, it also keeps aestheticians on staff to administer facials, waxing services, and makeup applications using 100% natural products.