Most people wouldn’t associate the military with relaxation, and neither does former army man Jason Fells. During his six-year stint in the employ of Uncle Sam, he dreamed of dedicating himself to healing. Today, with characteristic discipline and precision, he soothes bodies through massage, clears up complexions with LED light therapy, and tightens elasticity with anti-aging facial massages. When he's not redirecting chi through reiki, he redistributes calories as a personal trainer and tries to understand the jumping jack's deep-seated resentment toward jump ropes as an exercise psychologist.
Tabitha Stubbs never expected to find her calling in massage therapy. She started as a complete novice, but as she became versed in the practice, she discovered that massage was her true passion. Now a certified massage therapist, Tabitha loves to work with her hands, letting the healing powers of massage flow through her in the same way that basketball strategy courses through Stan Van Gundy. To address her clients’ varying therapeutic needs, Tabitha offers a variety of massage-therapy services, including deep-tissue, reflexology, sports, and prenatal massage.
Clients lie down on a comfortable massage table at TJ'S Healing Touch LLC, formerly TJ's BodyWorks, as a skilled massage therapist kneads away aches and pains. Spa extras such as mud masks and body scrubs help reduce signs of aging or simply make the skin as soft as the muscles are relaxed.
For more than 17 years, naturopathic practitioner Leanda Morring—known simply as Dr. Leanda by her clients—has been healing and helping people with healing herbs, homemade remedies, and a gentle touch. Dr. Leanda blends aromatherapy with thai massage, or botanical detox strategies with reiki energy healing. She also shares her prodigious knowledge through continuing-education classes in vegetarian cooking, natural nutrition, and the production of homemade soaps, shampoos, and carpet cleaners.
Certified massage therapist Cathy Greene rewires malfunctioning muscle circuitry with her therapeutic bodywork. In the comfort of her cozy studio, clients may relax to flowing Swedish strokes and aromatherapy or find relief from lower-layer knots with firm deep-tissue pressure. Cathy’s business also contains a popular retail store where therapists, spa owners, and clients can stock up on essential oils and aromatic soaps.
Todd Beckman founded MassageLuXe with the notion that five-star service should not be limited to pricey hotels. Today, the spa's team of massage therapists and aestheticians continues to realize and build upon Todd's initial aspirations. A spa day at MassageLuXe includes all the perks one might expect from a vacation resort, from facials and massages to full-body waxing and baths in warm, effervescent champagne. The company's services tend to exceed expectations in other ways, too; along with standard massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, therapists are proficient in specialty modalities such as bio-mat, reflexology, and aromatherapy.