Aesthetician Jodi customizes her facials to ensure that each client’s issues are addressed. She focuses on fighting acne, sopping up excess oil, and smoothing fine lines. A microdermabrasion wand helps her remove the outer layers of dead skin cells, so skin looks billions of seconds younger. She also happily waxes off unwanted facial fuzz for a smooth surface.
Body Bliss Massage’s licensed therapist, Shanell Swick, broadens her repertoire with regular attendance in continuing education classes. At the studio—where earth-toned walls, potted plants, and nature-inspired art adorn private treatment rooms—she lathers bodies with Young Living essential oils and organic body creams to soothe away stress during her treatments. Her clients can choose from stress-melting classics such as Swedish and deep tissue treatments or try something new with raindrop therapy or serpentine stone massages.
Licensed massage therapist Karen McAlpine specializes in a unique form of barefoot massage known as ashiatsu. With the aid of oil and two support bars above the treatment table, she applies deep pressure to the dense muscles of the back and shoulders using the balls of her feet, heels, and toes. She also offers traditional Swedish massage, hot-stone massage, and other luxurious spa treatments.
Smooth, heated river rocks and fragrant aromatherapy oils augment therapeutic strokes at QuickSilver Massage Service. Inside her private treatment room, the therapist sprinkles these relaxation tools over a menu of Swedish, deep-tissue, and lomi-lomi massages, tailoring each session in accordance with the client's needs. As a result, each massage is as unique as a snowflake's fingerprint?as are the Eastern energy techniques such as Reiki that she's mastered during her 14 years of experience.
It's simple: stiff muscles don't want to move. That's why massage therapist Jason Lee descends on tension with four types of massage modalities, loosening muscles so they can range through the full swirl of motions. Myofascial release, for instance, breaks up internal scar tissue that holds muscle fibers in place, and deep-tissue pressures deliver cross-grain strokes to ease out movement-impeding muscle knots.
Noemi set up a massage studio in her own home, where she treats guests to a custom massages that focus on their unique needs. During Swedish massages, she lulls tense muscles into a relaxed state, as well as boosts circulation, energy levels, and admiration for ready-to-assemble furniture. She uses a variety of techniques during deep-tissue massages, including Thai palm pressure and myofascial release, to reach the deeper layers that cause chronic pain. To further relax clients, Noemi also incorporates essential oils, which feature soothing scents such as lavender.