The massage therapists at Tranquility Works employ varying degrees of pressure to ease clients' physical and emotional discomfort. They can subdue the former?pain, tension, and knots?with modalities that apply firm pressure, such as deep-tissue and sports massages. Swedish massages take care of the emotional side of things with light, gliding full-body strokes, which can elicit feelings of calm and well-being in clients struggling with stress. Tranquility Works also offers ashiatsu massages?Japanese-inspired treatments in which therapists use their feet, knees, elbows, palms, and fingers to improve circulation and relax muscles. Complimentary aromatherapy further enhances the soothing treatments, letting worries float away like hot air balloons heading to a cosmic birthday party.
Even before Mark Fitch became a licensed massage therapist, he was known as the go-to guy for friends in need of a massage. His interest in the technique began while he was traveling the world and studying music therapy. This led to learning about holistic healing, which ushered him to practicing massage therapy. He specializes in custom bodywork to treat such ailments as chronic back pain, tendinitis, carpal-tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, and a variety of other ailments.
Escape Salon & Spa, named one of the area's Best Salons and Spas in Ocala Magazine, pampers patrons' hands and feet within a bright, taupe-walled space. Nail specialist Vanessa, who approaches nails the way a painter approaches a blank canvas, cleans, buffs, and shines nails until they feel comfortable at a special occasion, such as a potluck.
As a certified personal trainer, Kathy Lopez at Family Wellness Center has a unique vantage point on the workings of the human body. She uses this knowledge to work the kinks out of her clients' muscles, using the soothing strokes of Swedish massage instead of turkey-eating contests to lull them into a state of relaxation. Her therapy room is located in a chiropractic-care clinic, which includes massage along with yoga and fitness programs as part of its wellness offerings.
With the range of specialties that Kathy Lopez flaunts, visitors to Healthy Hands of Ocala can be sure she will fix what ails them. For those looking for simple full-body relaxation, Kathy harnesses heated rocks or bamboo tools to melt away tension or lure away stuck-on pandas. During sports massage, she works to soften and lengthen muscles that athletic endeavors have made tight or painful.