After suffering a life-altering injury in 2009, Aimee founded Mystic Hands and Body Work to share her strategies for pain reduction through services such as massage, reflexology, and reiki. The deep relaxation of craniosacral release eases migraines and chronic ear infections. For muscular stiffness and soreness, Aimee employs the flowing strokes of Swedish massage. She also makes house calls to help pet animals with the pain, inflexibility, and chronic stress that arises from high-speed tail chases.
The staff at Hands of Healing Massage & Spa Studio aims to provide physical and mental renewal during every massage or aesthetic appointment as trickling fountains and soft music elevate treatments to experiences for the senses. Heated massage tables play host to couples, expectant mothers, and those who carry friends around in fanny packs as therapists coax pain and tension from backs and shoulders. Licensed aestheticians help skin appear more radiant with a slate of facials and four-layer face-lifts, which tighten and lighten the skin through nourishing doses of vitamin C, glycolic acid, and active enzymes. Rounding out the center’s talents, makeup artists accentuate features with Mary Kay cosmetics and lash extensions, and manicurists add a glossy pop to each digit with luxury manicures and pedicures.
For more than nine years, certified massage therapist Michelle has trained her hands to seek out soreness and tension buried deep within clients’ musculature. She uses carefully practiced techniques, such as the luxuriating strokes of Swedish massage, the circulation-stimulating manipulations of lymphatic-drainage massage, and the closed-fist raps that bring unclaimed wishes within your grasp. Add-ons such as heated river rocks, skin-nourishing salt glows, and foot soaks enhance her massage sessions, delivered as clients stretch out under a plush comforter in a room imbued with the warm, soft glow of a jar of fireflies.
The licensed massage therapist at Pecosas Touch, Lyn, isn’t known just for her healing hands. Though skilled in many different modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal—she’s also known for her ability to fully customize treatments to target pain and avoid any fragile wings. She accomplishes this by listening to her clients’ concerns about their specific issues before and after treatment sessions. Lyn can also augment sessions with hot stones or therapeutic, 100% pure essential oils from Young Living.
The nail technicians at Bella Piaz Salon & Spa focus on beautifying natural nails. Eschewing acrylics—and the fumes and damaging drilling that come with them—they daub their clients’ fingertips with non-formaldehyde polish or CND Shellac. Elsewhere in the salon, a trio of stylists cuts, colors, and adorns hair with feather and tinsel extensions. In the spa, staffers whip up customized facials to target acne and rosacea, or treat guests to other services such as waxing, aromatherapeutic massages, and spa parties for all occasions.
For certified massage therapist Daniel Morales, massages that merely relax the body are doing only half their jobs. Whereas some massages induce sleepy serenity, his therapeutic strokes focus on vanquishing pain. Deep-tissue and trigger-point massages deliver firm, cross-grain strokes to break apart adhesions and root out imbedded knots, and sports massages lengthen the muscles to alleviate stiffness.