Inspired by time spent in Germany, where massage plays an integral role in healthcare, licensed practical nurse and massage therapist Leisa Leber has made it her mission to promote wellness with the healing power of touch. Leber has used massage to help both nursing patients and family members, and went on to study Swedish, neuromuscular, and deep-tissue modalities at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. She continued her training at Upledger Institute International, adding lymphatic drainage and craniosacral therapy to her manual repertoire. To stay informed, Leber maintains membership with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, having learned the elaborate, reflexology-based secret handshake required for participation.
Leber enhances the many benefits of treatment with soft music, paraben-free aromatherapy oils, or soothing paraffin wax. Entrance ramps accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, and a walking path next to the studio invites patrons to explore the tranquility of nature with newly limber muscles.
Since 1996, Adrienne Mohn has provided pain relief and relaxation as a certified massage therapist. Her specialties range from traditional deep tissue, Swedish, and head-and-face massages, to less pervasive modalities, including French aromatherapy and energy bodywork to balance chakras drawn from Native American and Hawaiian culture. As for the benefits of her treatments, there are many, including decreased anxiety, boosted energy levels, reduced fatigue, and improved joint flexibility.
Shear Perfection Salon & Spa invites guests to enjoy relaxing services that cover nearly every facet of beauty. As stylists sculpt manes with haircuts and permanent waves, nail techs pamper paws with mani-pedis that include a skin-softening scrub, soothing massage, and a reading of each toe's favorite bedtime story. Armed with both a standup tanning bed and spray-on techniques, the salon helps patrons conquer pallid complexions and complement the natural glow produced by facials and pore-purifying microdermabrasion. Those looking to add a touch of glamour to an already polished exterior can opt for eyelash extensions or ask about the salon's ear-piercing services, while those who prefer to leave the Mediterranean-inspired confines feeling lighter than when they came can shed stress under the relaxing ministrations of a Swedish or cellulite-reducing massage.
Led by a licensed acupuncturist and winner of Harrisburg Magazine's "Simply the Best: Alternative Medical Specialist for 2011," Live Well Medicine complements western medical practices with the eastern traditions of acupuncture. Specializing in women's health, stress management, and joint and muscle pain, treatments bolster the natural flow of energy throughout the body by releasing blockages and sweeping up neuron-sized banana peels. During a 60-minute acupuncture session, therapists insert sterile, single-use needles into the skin at energy points around the body. Each pin is hair-thin and induces no pain, and unlike hypodermic or knitting varieties, acupuncture needles are unsuitable substitutes for professional drumsticks.
Connect With Wellness is a calming spa and holistic health studio run by husband-and-wife team Hannah and Loren. Loren, a licensed massage therapist, offers a range of massage modalities to his clients, including Swedish, therapeutic, hot stone, and sports, along with energy work and reflexology, all of which help relax and heal the body. Hannah is a certified yoga instructor who believes yoga and meditation can provide a range of benefits for her clients, and helps individuals learn to harness the healing power of yoga and mindful exercise.
When founding Park Avenue Salon and Spa, owner Lynne Zsido assembled an experienced staff of licensed professionals, many with decades of experience. With an eye to environmental responsibility, the beautification crew assesses an armory of products by Bare Escentuals, CND, and Marcia Teixeira. Beyond the spa's emerald-hued door, smooth stones steep in warmth in preparation for romps across tired muscles or bank vaults carved from butter. Sweet nothings drift from massage sessions for couples, and soothing and cleansing elixirs wrought from Hershey's chocolate, jojoba oil, and almonds broadcast a dulcet bouquet.