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Licensed massage therapist Kimberly M. Johnson employs seven different styles of kneads to release her clients’ physical and emotional tensions. An annual participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Kimberly knows firsthand that athletic movements—as well as day-to-day activities—can put a strain on the body’s muscles. She combines her knowledge of anatomy with a compassionate approach during 60- to 90-minute Swedish massages that unwind knotted muscle fibers with alternating pressures. Aside from this popular modality and its deep-tissue sibling, Kimberly targets athletic ailments with specialized sports massages and prepares muscles for mashing with warm, smooth stones placed along the back or hurled at spots of tension.

2214 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham,
AL
US

Soft, relaxing music battles audible oohs and aahs at Kacey Mayo's massage studio, where the licensed massage therapist calls upon her training in seven modalities to dissolve stress and pain. Mayo encourages clients to speak up about their expectations and needs so that she can tailor her services to treat past injuries and other areas of concern. Electric warmers keep massage beds toasty, and the specialist uses heated packs to keep unmassaged areas warm throughout each session.

1933 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard South
Birmingham,
AL
US

Most Popular Service: Deep-tissue massage

Brands Used: Bon Vital Oil

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Minimum Age Requirement: 16

Established: 2014

Staff Size: 1 person

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Arrive at least 10?15 minutes before the massage to fill out client information.

Q&A with Laura Spalding, Licensed Massage Therapist

What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?

Deep-tissue and Swedish are the most popular. My clients need relief from pain and knots to focus on the more important things.

What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?

Best massage ever. I can feel the healing energy flow through me.

200 Cahaba Park South, Suite 118
Birmingham,
AL
US

Holistic wellness expert April Jones LMT/NMT/MMP has been has been inspiring students of all stripes to work toward greater strength, flexibility, and inner peace for 15 years. She believes that anyone can benefit from yoga, no matter their age or ability level, teaching children, expectant mothers, seniors, and those with special needs. Along with a team of instructors, she leads students through restorative, breath-focused yoga and energizing Vinyasa flows at her studio Silver Linings, which has earned the award for Best Yoga Studio in Al.com's Best of Birmingham 2012. Connecting with her community, April also works closely with local chiropractors, general practitioners, and physical therapists to offer restorative therapies to patients and chronically stiff tongue depressors.

1805 11th Ave. S.
Birmingham,
Alabama
US

Rosemary Dixon believes that everyone can benefit from massage therapy, whether they are suffering from aching backs, recovering from injuries, or simply looking for a way to unwind. At Wellness & Pain Management Massage Therapy, she soothes tired muscles, reduces stress, and improves flexibility with therapeutic massage styles that range from Swedish to rehabilitative to prenatal. Before beginning treatments, Rosemary takes time to discuss clients’ needs and desires, suggesting massage styles based on their unique concerns, such as knee pain from recent football injuries or shoulder pain from juggling neighbors’ dogs.

13 Office Park Circle Suite 3
Birmingham,
Alabama
US

Hair often goes missing after visits to A to Z Electrolysis. The main culprits are the facility's certified electrologists, whose three types of electrolysis can remove hair from all body areas and skin types. The facility's waxing technicians are equally responsible, though. Their antibacterial hair-removal system, which resembles the kind doctors use on patients before surgery, vanquishes plumage without sticky substances such as wax, honey, or chewing gum. For clients who want to add some color to their newly smoothed skin, A to Z also offers airbrush tanning.

1920 Valleydale Road
Birmingham,
AL
US