The experienced therapists at Free Spirit Massage turn to tried-and-true holistic methods to heal muscle tightness, pains, and stress. They customize each massage to suit their guests’ needs, harnessing a variety of modalities that stretch beyond the basic Swedish massage. When the staff isn’t improving joint flexibility and range of motion with their massages, they’re pampering guests with detoxifying ion foot spas and wraps. They also soften skin with customized exfoliating scrubs crafted from dead sea salt, raw sugar, or ground coffee that incorporate a blend of botanicals, pure plant oils, and the bottled whispers of a reassuring grandmother.
At Make Time 4 Massage—part of Epídavros Center for Wellbeing—the focus is on balancing the mind, body, and soul through the art of touch. Licensed therapist Colleen Duncan looks at the big picture with each treatment—rather than limiting her focus to areas of pain or limbs wrapped in boa constrictors, she wants to bring wellness to the whole body. She asks patients to fill out a health history form and discuss any past or current concerns. She’ll then design a treatment plan that may include Swedish, deep-tissue, or shiatsu techniques, and to work more deeply into tissues she might incorporate heat and essential oils.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Owners Andrea Brown and Jael Cox helm a team of certified and licensed massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians who balance bodies and promote wellness with holistic spa services. The skilled professionals tailor each skincare, nail, or body treatment to the client's needs and the demands of their overprotective invisible friends. Clients nestle into private treatment rooms decked out in olive-tinged modern country décor, with rustic hardwood floors, antique wooden cabinets, and walls swathed in contrasting floral, striped, and paisley-patterned wallpaper.
Products from the boutique such as dermalogica products, bath and beauty products, massage oil candles, and handmade jewelry keep bodies intact at home, which augments its cottage-like aesthetics with local art.
At Sass Beauty and Massage (formally Bloom Organic Body), pampering comes in many forms. It could be a soothing hot-stone massage, a pumpkin-enzyme peel, or eyelash extensions, to name only a few options. The talented team caters to both hair-removal and skincare needs with waxing services and a wide range of facials. Nails also get plenty of attention, with Shellac manicures, natural-nail buffs, and spa mani-pedis.
Owners Heather Harris and Corey Kolln believe in their practice’s powerful benefits, so much so that they encourage regular visits from customers through a membership program that offers deep discounts. Amid their office’s tranquil environment, they administer signature massages that focus on each client's specific problem areas, incorporating hot stones, aromatherapy, and steamed towels for maximum tension and stress relief. As an extra defense against muscle soreness, they can place herbal analgesic patches on muscles, helping to ease pain for up to two days while increasing the likelihood that family members will ask if you've been rolling around in the herb garden again.