Three times a week, Just U Relax's owner and principal massage therapist paid a 90-minute visit to one of her favorite clients, an elderly Italian woman who could barely speak a word of English. One day after a visit, the woman's daughter called and asked the massage therapist if she could come back again right away, saying her mother was not doing well. She arrived and set to work massaging her client's body, much of which had collapsed inward from a previous stroke. But instead of seeing the usual results, such as the woman's hands relaxing for a short time before tightening back into a bound position, the massage therapist saw her client maintain her peaceful composure. Then, this elderly Italian woman who could speak little English, let alone speak at all due to the effects of her stroke and Alzheimer's disease, looked at her massage therapist and said with perfect clarity, "Thank you." The woman's daughter called later, saying her mother died that evening, and that she wanted to say thank you for giving her mother such comfort before she passed. It was that moment that made the massage therapist realize she knew she could help people.
Raised by a cardiologist, the future owner of Just U Relax and her brother made a pact to go to medical school together, but when she found herself disenchanted by clinical environments and desiring a more hands-on approach to patient care, she explored massage therapy. Today, she and her team of licensed massage therapists at Just U Relax assess posture, gait, and occupational stress to customize bodywork for each client. The staff sees to guests' comfort in a variety of ways, including giving visitors warm robes and plush slippers, using massage tables with triple-cotton-padded tops, and playing relaxing music as aromatherapy wafts between rooms. Therapists also offer clients snacks such as fruit smoothies and granola bars. Additionally, each therapist is required to undergo at least three hours of training each month to learn new massage techniques and stay sharp.
Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, is one of the most popular types of kneads in the massage therapist's tool box. It uses long, connective strokes to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. It can also flush the tissue's lactic acid, uric acid, and metabolic wastes, speeding up recovery time from most common anvil-related injuries. Even if your body's in mint condition and still in its original packaging, Swedish massage also just plain feels good, especially when experienced in Integrated Massage Therapy Center's serene confines and accompanied by their friendly advice on how to keep yourself feeling loosey-goosey with nutrition and exercise.
At Essentially You, 100% natural bath and body products beckon customers with their aromatic scents and vitamin-rich formulas. Skincare products such as medowfoam oil moisturizer and 100% pure rosehip oil help moisturize the skin and diminish wrinkles, while the inventory of botanical butters, scrubs, and oils blooms with ylang-ylang, passion fruit, and lavender infusions. Clients who can't wait to get home can cozy up in the mini-spa for a facial or massage, which both incorporate many of the boutique's all-natural products. Essentially You also hosts eyelash, facial, and pamper parties where luxury-aficionados convene, revel in age-defying treatments, and play "pin the blemish on the donkey."
Carlitta's Day Spa offers a panoply of pampering services, from styling to skincare, from massages with organic oils to mani-pedis with Shellac polish. Staffers give preference to vegan and paraben- and gluten-free products in their treatments, drawing on a wide range of lines from renowned brands such as Paul Mitchell, CND, OPI, and Kenra. Carlitta's also considers itself a holistic-healing facility, offering such treatments as foot reflexology. Whatever the service, the day spa makes a point to suit the needs of every member of the family from couples massages for mom and dad to haircuts for the kids.
The staff at Heavenly Healing Hands Massage Therapy strive to deliver the most pampering massage possible, corralling comforting indulgences such as soft-topped, heated massage tables or a warmed neck roll. The décor of this one-room oasis located in Beachwood is inspired by Georgia's picturesque Tybee Island, with sky-blue walls and sand-colored curtains that call to mind the relaxing seascape. Beside bowls overflowing with colorful seashells lie smooth stones that massage therapists often heats and incorporates into treatments to help loosen tension or keep suddenly stress-less bodies from floating away.