Muscle knots. Chronic aches. Deep-seated reservoirs of stress and anxiety. These and other ailments bring clients to Elements Therapeutic Massage, where they find relief courtesy of professional therapists who customize their treatments to match individual needs. The studio’s unique, level-based system gives clients an idea of what to expect during the session; they can request a low level for a gentler experience or opt for a higher level to eliminate any soreness remaining from the previous day’s jousting tournament. Each massage therapist has his or her own specialties, and treatments may draw on relaxing Swedish and hot-stone techniques or firmer deep-tissue and trigger-point strokes.
InVitalize Medi Spa is a full-service place of pampering, chock-full of talented and friendly technicians who will coddle keratin until it's as stress-free as a fish in water wings. The classic manicure starts out with a warm hand soak followed by cuticle and nail shaping and a soothing massage, and the pedicure begins by submerging flippers in a whirlpool bath. Next, an expert in foot aesthetics and comfort will care for your toe cuticles, shape and buff your nails, exfoliate your hard-working heels, and drive out digit tension during a moisturizing foot massage. Both services are finished with fresh coats of shiny polish and a complete reading of The Salon, a 2005 feature-length film starring Vivica A. Fox.
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Technically speaking, the massage therapist at Healing Touch Massage Therapy knows more than five modalities, but the massages she's able to perform are literally infinite. That's because she integrate these modalities, plucking certain moves from each one in order to tailor the experience for each client. In doing so, she is able to help alleviate a range of ailments, such as muscular soreness, tensions, and pains associated with pregnancy.
Lisa Belisle spent her life travelling around the country and the world, but couldn't escape the pain of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. While looking for a nutritional solution for her condition, Belisle traveled to India to study the 5,000-year-old art of Ayurveda and studied to become a clinical nutritionist. Today, Belisle applies Ayurvedic teachings to her treatments, emphasizing the digestive system—the core of the body—and offering a nine-day cleanse to rid the body of toxins from environmental pollutants. In addition to her cleanses, Belisle mixes custom herb blends and teas in her own apothecary for patients who need an extra boost.
Belisle's services further supplement nutrition and herbal cleanses through hot-oil treatments, herbal facials, and massage. The serene blue walls of the treatment area flutter with images of dragonflies that symbolize renewal, the theme of the practice. Belisle says that her favorite part of her job is seeing her clients change both inside and out by losing weight and overcoming pain.
Matt Greenwood, the licensed therapist at Green Havens Therapeutic Massage, started his massage career in an orthopedic health-care facility, where he worked in conjunction with physical therapists and athletic trainers. Informed by that health-care background, Matt now offers deep-tissue, sports, and neuromuscular massages to help clients find relief from pain, and help prevent or recovery from injuries. He also offers Swedish and hot-stone massages to help calm nerves and quiet stress, as well as specialty treatments such as oncology massage and craniosacral therapy.