Valerie Williams began her career working in a doctor's office. She has always enjoyed helping her patients overcome health issues, but at Comfort at Fingertips, she trades prescriptions for the more natural benefits of touch therapy and manipulation. She treats patients with massage modalities such as lymphatic drainage, hot-stone therapy, and deep-tissue kneading, all of which work to dispel pain and persistent stress caused by retaking the SAT. Valerie also specializes in reflexology treatments, during which she manipulates nerves of the feet that correspond with systems throughout the body to combat stress, headaches, allergic reactions, and other ailments.
After Catherine Sisson went through surgery in 2007, she had trouble getting her health back. That changed when she began undergoing massage therapy, rolfing treatments, and physical therapy. After graduating from the Cortiva Massage Therapy School in Tucson, Catherine opened Spark of Life Massage Therapy to help her clients achieve the benefits that improved her quality of life. Her treatments range from relaxing hot-stone massages to shiatsu massage, which involves stretches and carefully applied pressure. Catherine also gives patrons tips on how to avoid back pain long after each visit and how to improve their posture—step one is to stop sleeping on a giant candy cane.
Though she found her work as a nurse fulfilling, Ruth Cassetta-Keefe wanted to do even more to help people live long and healthy lives. She found the answer to her wishes in massage therapy and took to the field with aplomb, quickly earning her license and achieving additional certifications in shiatsu and reiki therapies. The name of Ruth’s massage studio—Connections Massage—alludes to her ability to blend various modalities in each of her treatments. Though her custom massages capably address sources of stress and anxiety, her holistic approach centers on healing aches caused by poor posture, injuries, or carrying one’s boss around the office in a solid-gold sedan chair.
As the name implies, Beyond Basic Massage offers more than just typical, by-the-book massage treatments. Massage therapist Rory Adams strives to exceed even the highest of expectations while doling out full 60- and 90-minute massages. After clients slip into a relaxed state, Rory goes to work kneading and treating backs. His Swedish massage focuses on stress relief, and deep-tissue treatments zero in on hard-to-reach muscle aches. Rory is also proficient in sports massage, a technique that tackles stiff musculature, and injury massage for those who want to target painful muscle groups after recklessly attempting to put stockings on a horse.
Though she's highly trained in a multitude of massage techniques, Jasmine most often finds herself employing the popular Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Both modalities soothe achy and tight muscles and help relieve stress. She also offers myofascial-release massages, which help improve range of motion, so clients can eventually just massage their own backs.
Although licensed massage therapist Elias Sanchez has been trained to memorize the body's complex map of muscles, he understands that everyone's body is different. During his relaxing integrated massages, he intuitively seeks out areas of tension. That's how he's able to customize massages to each individual's specific needs.