The swirl of calming stimuli at A Touch of Hands Massage morphs to please the senses of each individual visitor, rolling across bodies in a wave of personalized music, scents, and kneads. Contented exhalations flow from three private rooms, including a beach-themed space that incorporates the sea’s calming colors and rhythmic sounds without the dangers presented by coconuts learning to fly. A licensed therapist unwinds tangled muscles, supplementing customized strokes with hot stones, heated towels, or aromatherapy oils from Biotone. Each room has a selection of music to accompany sessions, and patrons can also bring their own relaxing tunes or books on tape. Clients, who arrive early to begin sinking into the properly relaxed mindset, sip on cups of beer or wine or warm hands around mugs of coffee over plates of cheese and fruit. Post-session, a meditation room gives the newly destressed a quiet place for protracted farewells to the departing knots in their lower backs.
The Potter’s Hand Therapeutic Massage proffers a choice of three relaxing massage modalities in sessions tailored to each client's dorsal needs. Biotone lotion and oil anoint physiques and lubricate knuckle dances that skip soothingly across the back in Swedish massage, or take deeper, thoughtful steps during deep-tissue sessions that focus on client comfort. Pregnant women who are past their first trimester can enjoy the benefits of the prenatal massage, which may include relief of backaches, reduced swelling, or a bonus baby. After sessions, freshly massaged physiques enjoy a respite from aches and pains, improved posture, and boosted lymphatic flow.
Massage therapist Eric Bates stimulates circulation and eases chronic pains with a therapeutic combination of acupressure, visceral manipulation, and deep-tissue massage. With his signature blend of these diverse techniques, Eric pinpoints and treats pain deep within fascia and helps correct digestive issues caused by stressful job-interview eating contests. Each of his manual treatments can also incorporate the principles of reiki energy work, a Japanese therapy that aids in rebalancing the connection between mind, body, and spirit.
The service menu of These Hands Massage reflects the skills of owner Mark Wilson, a licensed massage therapist who also practices reiki and chakra balancing. He engages 15 years of professional experience to lead a trio of therapists who dole out 13 types of massage and body treatments. Techniques range from basic Swedish massage to Mark's signature integrative treatments, which blend massage with energy work in order to treat both body and mind. Patrons can augment their service with complimentary aromatherapy, which infuses skin with scents of peppermint or lavender more easily than sleeping in a garden.
Eight years ago, fellow massage students Terrie and Bret Lonow watched the rising sun from the back of Bret's pick-up truck, sipping coffee and imagining a future together in business. Today, the friendship has blossomed into a marriage and the dream into a reality. The pair of therapists helm Massage Way, where they employ flowing strokes, targeted pressure, and hydrating oils or lotions to fend off the physical, mental, and spiritual manifestations of stress—such as soreness and the development of a third brain lobe to house surplus worries. Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and reflexology modalities ease pain and cultivate relaxation in a warm, serene room with quiet music, and treatments in the massage chair prompt similar benefits in briefer periods of time.
Adagio Massage Co. & Spa sows the seeds of relaxation with buckets of natural remedies. For more than two decades, the company's staff has fought the good fight against the ravages of the elements and the small indignities of time with a flotilla of services, including skincare regimens or massages delivered by male or female therapists. Guests kick back with a complimentary drink and organic dessert, and customize their own treatments by choosing music, aromatherapy, specialty oils, and a pet name for their massage bed to add to the relaxation.