Thai Massage is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience practiced for centuries in Far East and Thailand. It is a massage using no oils as do many Western Massages. It incorporates the use of hands, thumbs, elbows, forearms, knees and feet to manipulate various body zones with acupressure, deep muscle compression, and yoga.
The massage therapists at Horizon Massage and Wellness have noticed something over their more than 18 years in business: an increase in stress among their patients. They do their best to counteract this rising tension with soothing handiwork in styles that range from gently relaxing Swedish massage to prenatal massage to the intense strokes of deep-tissue massage. Not only working out of their Dallas-area locations, staffers occasionally travel to local businesses to perform 15-minute massages on especially rigid office chairs.
To get an idea of the kinds of services offered at Carrollton Square Salon & Spa, you need only look up. In one of the treatment rooms, a tent hovers over the massage bed, ready to catch clouds of toxin-dispersing steam. In another room, the ceiling’s wooden bars allow trained ashiatsu practitioners to buoy and balance themselves while massaging clients' backs with their feet. The only thing you'll find on the ceiling of the relaxation room is soft, recessed lighting and the trapped cartoon-bubble sighs of stress relief left behind by previous guests.
The salon and spa harnesses the historic charm of downtown Carrollton and is filled with friendly, down-to-earth staffers. This combination won over readers of the Carrollton Leader, who voted it the Best Spa and Best Massage in 2012.
Thanks to 25 years working in the corporate world, Connie Murphy, Touch With Intent's licensed massage therapist, has firsthand knowledge of work-related stress and the health issues it can bring. Murphy brings this knowledge to her massage sessions, which she tailors to each individual needs. This might mean calming the nervous system with soothing Swedish strokes, softening tight muscles with hot stones, or delving into sore spots with the more insistent pressure of deep-tissue or trigger-point therapy. They also offer pre-natal massages, though not couple massages. Aromatherapy scents add a more comforting sensory element than samples from a tableside gravy boat, and the organic products she uses help her hands glide over her clients’ muscles in a natural fashion.
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