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.
At Nadya Massages, licensed massage therapist Nadya Kielhorn has dedicated the past nine years to delivering bodies from stress. Well versed in multiple modalities of massage, she specializes in styles that assist with chronic pain, postural problems, and past injuries. Her practice shares space with other professionals dedicated to total-body health, including a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a naturopathic physician, and a professional hugger, making the office a one-stop shop for all manner of medical and holistic therapies.
Amanda Ruley was inspired to help heal others through massage therapy by her mother, who struggled every day with multiple sclerosis and found respite in massage and acupuncture. Mary Boyd found her passion for therapy working in behavioral management with at-risk youth. Though these two followed different paths to discover massage, their mission is the same: to soothe body, mind, and spirit with the therapeutic benefits of physical contact. Each massage is customized to the client’s individual needs, incorporating Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to boost circulation and sports bodywork to improve range of motion in muscles or remove stubborn foam fingers.
Licensed massage therapist Willow Buswell gained her knowledge and experience at East West College of the Healing Arts. At Rejuvenated Heart, she uses them to blend a variety of massage techniques into custom massages. Such techniques include deep-tissue work, orthopedic massage, and tui na, which uses acupressure and joint mobilization to increase energy. Willow can enhance any massage with aromatherapy or dry exfoliation that releases histamine so muscles can become more relaxed.
Licensed massage therapist Michelle Dusek helps clients of all shapes and sizes overcome the stresses of modern life. Michelle believes that because all bodies are built slightly differently, massages need to be fluid. For this reason, she conforms to an infinite number of body shapes like somebody who makes coffins for snowflakes.
Michelle works equally hard to keep clients comfortable throughout each session. During deep-tissue, trigger-point, or stretching sessions, clients relax on a thickly padded massage bed surrounded with glowing lanterns and potted plants. A large window admits cascades of natural light, letting clients' half-open lids keep tabs on the outside world.
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