Since the beginning of time, massage's many benefits have been no secret. Phil at New Beginnings Massage aspires to blend ancient and contemporary techniques to tend to each client's unique needs—whether he is relieving clients' stress or aches caused by fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or thinking about math. Phil's methods—from deep-tissue massage's targeted tissue manipulation to trigger-point therapy's unlacing of knotty nerve centers—are as varied as the illnesses he treats.
Susan Rose Kesti doesn't simply use massage to soothe aches or help clients relax. Instead, she views each treatment as an opportunity to promote natural, holistic healing for the mind, body, and spirit. During her career, she's had the opportunity to collaborate with physicians and chiropractors, and now she welcomes clients to her practice at Bella Bodywork, offering massages that help alleviate pent-up tension while gentle music plays in the background.
Swedish techniques increase circulation and soothe aches near the surface, and deep-tissue pressure focuses on the knots caused by injury or chronic stress. Additionally, Susan can accentuate the therapeutic benefits of these massages by offering add-on treatments such as organic sugar and sea salt body scrubs or by incorporating aromatherapy oils in scents like tea tree and mint or lavender and cedar.
The staff at Bamboo Salon & Spa Cinci cultivates lavish looks and relaxed spirits. This process begins on massaging pedicure thrones, where nail artists use aromatherapy oils and hydrotherapy to shape and polish fingers and toes. Skin care experts offer anti-aging facials that reinvigorate complexions, and hairstylists craft sleek haircuts and emblazon them with highlights and color. On massage tables, therapists loosen gridlocked muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue massage treatments.
More than 10 doctors practice at Tristate Orthopaedic Treatment Centers. They specialize in both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for the joints, bones, spine, muscles, and ligaments, from total joint replacement to medical massage.
When owner Giovanni Finocchiaro picked up the phone at Face It Spa, he heard one of his clients sobbing. She had been preparing for a presentation at work, and in the process, her skin had broken out so badly that Finocchiaro recalls her lamenting, "I just can't do it. I have to see you." Finocchiaro, who once dreamed of being a counselor, told her to come in immediately. "When you help people look better on the outside, it really does make them feel better inward, too," he says. When his distraught client arrived, he tailored a peel for her sensitive skin that helped kill bacteria and calm inflammation. Within a few days, he says, "she couldn't believe … how [her complexion] was already turning around."
Inside his recently remodeled boutique, Finocchiaro caters to each of his clients in the same way. He offers them complimentary water or tea before leading them across dark hardwood floors to a candlelit treatment room. After cleansing their face, he uses a lighted magnifier to analyze their skin type, then employs PCA products and a wide arsenal of customizable facial treatments to help them reach specific beauty goals or the center of the Earth.
Gary Hopkins can divide his mid-20s in two parts: the time before he discovered self-healing, and the time after he discovered self-healing. Before, overwhelming stress and overworking caused him to suffer from anxiety, insomnia, spinal misalignments, and gout. Then, he started meditating, practicing tai chi and energy healing, and taking natural supplements. Not only did these practices help remedy his ailments, but they also led him to a new career as an intuitive healer. Continuing these studies into his 30s, he added such holistic healing methods as Thai massage and reflexology to his regimen.
For more than 10 years, he’s shared his knowledge through a private practice and at Light Path Discovery Center. He is dedicated to helping others conquer physical, psychological, and emotional issues with carefully honed skills and several bodywork methods he developed on his own. For those unable to visit him personally, Gary has penned two books— The Master Within and Axiatonal Integration —that guide readers as they attempt to unlock their happiness, which is usually kept in a safe and buried under their childhood home.