Intent on tending to the aches, strains, and injuries that plague spinal casings, the massage therapists at A Healing Touch Massage Therapy soothe bodies with multiple types of massage. In the comfort of a private room, the therapist focuses kneading, flowing, and percussive movements on areas that harbor the most tension or burrowing field mice. They specialize in two main types of treatments. The signature relaxation massage, or Swedish massage, focuses on ousting stress. The deep-tissue or sports massage, on the other hand, employs more rigorous techniques designed to ferret out the sources of chronic pain.
Licensed massage therapist Linsey Flowers deploys practiced knuckles to ply bothersome knots and ease anxiety during Swedish or deep-tissue massages. Clients discuss their individual aches with the professional muscle mender who personalizes the treatment before waves of relaxation spelunk into trigger points to untangle tendons snarled by overexertion or yoga sessions set to the William Tell overture. Hands skate over physiques with flowing strokes during the Swedish massage or uncover underlying sources of chronic pain with a full-body deep tissue massage. The customized pampering session can alleviate aches, soothe wearied minds, and keep popping joints from disqualifying their owners at silent library-shelving tournaments. Groupon holders who book their next massage on the same day as the appointment receive 40% off a second spinal pampering.
Bright blue walls and deep wooden accents fill the insides of Hair and Nails by Sally with a funky elegance. Other touches include flat-screen televisions and electric fireplace that welcomes guests as they wait for their turn in the salon chair. Single lights dangle from the ceiling above cozy pedicure chairs and manicure stations, and more than 600 bottles of brightly colored nail polishes wait to be painted onto keratin sheets.
At Tree of Life Massage, muscle mender Sunrise Gervais harnesses heat and ancient techniques to dislodge deep-seated pains in a hot-stone or deep-tissue massage. Throughout the hot-stone session, Sunrise melts away pains with basalt stones, whose warmth or cold adds or draws out heat to relax the body and clear the mind of memorized radio jingles. Guests rest atop a plush bed as the massage maven targets chakras and meridians, freeing up nervous-system traffic jams and treating illnesses such as osteoarthritis, stress, and poor circulation. With his fists, knuckles, and elbows, Sunrise challenges muscular pain to a no-holds-barred grudge match during the deep-tissue massage, wrestling them into submission with trigger-point therapy. Direct pressure on the deep layers of muscle helps allay pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and tendonitis. Inside Tree of Life Massage's office, eyes feast on the walls' ochre hues and calming artwork while bodies shed tension and roundhouse kick stress in its face.
With more than 370 locations and 300,000 patients, HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab brings well-trained doctors and, thus, pain relief to all corners of the continental United States. Each office’s staff provides treatments designed to quell lower-back and leg pain, vertigo, scoliosis, migraines, and carpal tunnel. Rather than rely on what they call passive chiropractic care—roller tables, heat packs, ice packs—the staffers at HealthSource mostly prescribe an active care plan to patients. This means they will perform rehabilitation routines alongside chiropractic adjustments to soothe muscle spasms, increase flexibility, and straighten posture so much that local schoolmarms begin suffering from midlife crises en masse.