As a student athlete, Shannon Pannell often helped teammates ease their aches with a massage. It wasn’t until she spent nearly 20 years in the medical and business fields that she decided to switch careers and go to massage school. Now a licensed therapist, she unfurls Swedish, sports, and prenatal techniques to help her patients find relief from pain and stress.
With more than 40 years of experience between the two of them, Doctors of Chiropractic Brian Chandler and Robert LaDuca are well versed in combining state-of-the-art chiropractic treatments with personalized patient care. At Back in Action Chiropractic, their injury-rehabilitation center, they perform comprehensive adjustments by hand and machine to treat spine and joint trauma. They also lead a team consisting of a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapists, who ease tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massages. The center also sells healthcare items, ranging from CryoDerm pain-relief products to orthotics.
Massage therapist Barb’s background in competitive fitness and her intuitive understanding of the mind and body informs her compassionate, holistic approach to massage. As she kneads aching muscles in a wide variety of modalities, Barb continually adjusts her technique in response to the client’s breathing, movements, and spontaneous operatic renditions of Figaro. In addition to common modalities such as Swedish and deep tissue, Barb performs foot reflexology, Thai massages, and Esalen massages, whose slow-moving rhythm reflects the body’s internal rhythms, balances chakras. Whatever the relaxation technique, she keeps 30-minute intervals between each session to ensure that each client gets both a full appointment and her complete attention.
Just walking distance from the University of Delaware’s campus, The Zen Den offers non-competitive yoga and massage services in a calm and welcoming studio focused on helping people find their best self and flourish in their community. The schedule features Pilates and a variety of yoga classes offered seven days a week. Yoga styles include kundalini, prenatal, and hatha flow yoga with an emphasis on Zen meditation, and the staff can work with clients to figure out which classes and teachers best fit their practice. Additionally, The Zen Den’s pair of licensed massage-therapists— also the co-owners—soothe bodies and minds with a slate of massages such as deep tissue, Swedish, fertility, and sports.
Ambitions Salon specializes in men's and women's haircuts, color, and Brazilian straightening treatments. Nail artists focus on fingers and toes with spa manicures and pedicures, and massage therapists help keep tension and stress at bay with hot-stone massages, reflexology, and craniosacral therapy.
The friendly stylists at Xanadu Salon deftly shape, tint, and smooth bedraggled locks in a welcoming, canary-hued parlor filled with professional products. Owner Andrea Patterson, whose services are backed by a Master’s in business at Springfield College and an education at the American Beauty Academy, leads a team of stylists that caters to each client's individual hair needs. They accomplish this by vigilantly keeping gum away from locks, and, secondarily, by rendering an array of salon services. Massage therapists also pamper customers with oils from Arbonne and Therapro before bodywork sessions.