Using their extensive training and diverse backgrounds, A Renassiance's team of wellness professionals aims to help bodies heal naturally. Licensed massage therapists reduce chronic pain and increase flexibility with a range of manipulations that include sports massage, deep tissue work, and lymphatic massage. Meanwhile, the medical staff provides comprehensive family and women’s healthcare. They manage pain with traditional Western chiropractic care and ancient oriental medical practices including acupuncture and smile-inducing origami.
New Leaf Skin Care owner and aesthetician Shellie Barker and her massage-therapist husband Andy dole out stress relief in many forms. Andy, a licensed massage therapist, calls on the 22 years of medical experience he gained in the military to assuage his clients' chronic tension and nagging pains. Beyond fostering relaxation and stress relief with his soothing massages, he possesses a knack for mending athletic injuries through focused, results-oriented techniques.
Shellie, for her part, administers customized facials using Bioelements skincare products in an effort to treat each client's individual needs. All products use no artificial colorants, synthetic fragrances, or animal testing.
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.
Terri Anderson, a 25-year veteran of the massage profession, doesn't mince words when it comes to her passion. "The greatest satisfaction from doing what I do is helping people," she explains. "I take great joy in having my clients come back after a few treatments saying that they have a major decrease in their pain levels as well as a high increase in their overall functionality and quality of life." Though relaxation is an undeniable perk of her bodywork treatments, her specialty is therapeutic medical massage, specifically treating injuries from automotive accidents and athletic activities, as well as chronic pain from cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other medical conditions. More thorough and specialized than therapies found in spas and salons, Terri's massages are also more effective, actually helping treat muscle-bound maladies rather than simply relieving symptoms.
Driven by an innate desire to help heal those in pain and to educate, licensed massage therapist Sarah Taylor committed herself to the bodywork field. At Taylor Made Energetics, Sarah uses many different bodywork techniques to relieve a number of symptoms ranging from headaches to diminished joint range of motion and mobility.
Sarah relaxes clients as she floods bodies with warmth during hot-stone massages, which she only offers during colder months. In a tranquil setting of candles, soft lighting, and soothing music, Sarah performs the hot-stone massages with skill and dexterity, allowing clients to fully relax and enjoy the experience.
Since 1977, Cascade Athletic Clubs have distinguished themselves from typical gyms with their vast array of amenities, which range from big-screen TVs to a seasonal waterpark. In their fitness studios, instructors boost students’ flexibility during Pilates workouts, lead seniors through age-appropriate workout techniques during Silver Sneakers classes, or teach students how to dance to fast-paced music during Zumba. The dedicated team of personal trainers, meanwhile, help athletes stay motivated on a one-on-one basis, and tailor their regimens to individual goals that range from weight loss to preparing for an upcoming marathon. For independent workouts, athletes can play pick up games on the gyms’ basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts or swim laps in the indoor salt-water pools. They can also bulk up with Life Fitness machines, free weights, and Stair Masters designed to build strong enough leg muscles to conquer even the most daunting out-of-order escalator.