At Elements, you don't need spelunking gear and bat repellant to be considered a "caver." The staff applies the term to those who regularly visit its artificial salt cave—a grotto lined with pink Himalayan salt and lounge chairs. The salt dispenses particles into the air that potentially soothe the skin and combat respiratory ailments, such as congestion and asthma. And, by mimicking a natural cave, the room falls in line with the spa's eco-friendly motif. This focus on the environment pervades all of their treatments, paying homage to the elements of earth, water, wood, metal, and fire.
A wet room, complete with a vichy shower and soaking tub, best embody the "water" aspect, whereas skin and massage services incorporate the remainder of the elements. Aestheticians light up complexions with products from Naturopathica Holistic Skin Care, applying extracts of alpine willow, rosemary, and chamomile to fight the signs of acne and rosacea. Massage therapists, meanwhile, customize their kneads to the unique aches of each client. They might untie muscular knots with help from Mexican beach stones, or conduct an ashiatsu massage with their bare feet, the best tools for conducting deep-tissue work behind jackhammers set to "gentle."
Life is a balancing act, and licensed massage therapists Grace Parker and Jane Smith do their part to keep their clients centered. Not a thing seems out of proportion at Balance In Bloom: Therapeutic Massage, LLC, where they share a studio. Even their treatment menu seems strikingly balanced between its two main categories of massage: relaxation and remedial. The former incorporates light and moderate pressure coupled with heat, gentle kneading, and aromatherapy. The latter covers different territory, targeting areas of specific pain with friction, percussion, and heat or ice. In addition to these flagship modalities, Grace and Jane offer quick massages for the feet, hands, or face and couples massages that relieve stress more effectively than pedaling a tandem bicycle across a tranquil lake.
You won't find fluffy robes or soft slippers at A Matter of Touch. That's because founder C.J. Johnson is more concerned with effectively relieving pain and muscle tension than with creating a spa ambience. A licensed massage therapist, Johnson consults with clients to discuss their individual needs before setting to work with deep-tissue kneads or soothing Swedish strokes. In addition to dissipating pain, the customized treatments can improve circulation and relieve anxiety.
As owner of Apple Rehab, Lisa Wilson-Foley has a simple goal: to stretch the concept of therapy. She and her staff of expert therapists offer wellness services ranging from physical, occupational, and speech therapy to nutritional counseling. Clients may request a restorative facial treatment, or retreat to a private room for soothing deep-tissue bodywork from Apple Rehab’s licensed massage therapist.
Massage Energy’s licensed and nationally certified massage therapists perform a medley of massages to relieve muscle soreness and evict stress from body buildings. Massage therapists begin first-time sessions by speaking with clients about their health histories and concerns in order to tailor treatments to individual needs. Clients can choose a massage modality from an array of soma-stimulating flavors, including deep-tissue, relaxation, and pregnancy massage.