After spending 16 years in the field of dentistry, Susanne Novotny felt it was time for a change. She decided to pursue a career in a different type of healing—therapeutic and wellness massage therapy. She is now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of Serendipity Massage & Laser, where she alleviates stress and tension with custom Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages.
The caring professional also spends one day per week working with a pain-management doctor to facilitate patients' healing. Novotny mixes her own essential-oil blends and creates sea salt and sugar scrubs, crafting all-natural and organic formulas to enhance relaxing massage sessions or re-create scratch-and-sniff memories from childhood.
The massage therapists at Spa Heaven have a sensible solution for continually improving their techniques: they practice on each other. By drawing on that expert focus group, the staff has mastered the skills to soothe clients' bodies and minds with a unique blend of more than 15 modalities of Eastern and Western massage. But along with touch, the team also appeals to the other senses, filling rooms with the scents of aromatherapy oils and incense.
Spa Heaven's staff goes above and beyond treating aches with a slew of skin-rejuvenating body wraps. They concoct the compounds in their wraps from organic coffee in the organic green coffee body wrap, tropical fruit in the de-aging tropical fruit body wrap, and the finest mud pies in the aromatic dead sea mud wrap.
Jay Robertson loves his job. As a child, he connected with nature and served as the designated family massage therapist. He later entered the military and spent 15 years on the streets as a police officer—but after being injured on the job, he realized it was time to go back to his roots. So he decided to become a licensed massage therapist and holistic healer, channeling his positive synergy with nature to help others.
Jay offers many different types of massage, from deep tissue and prenatal to sports and Swedish, and uses gems and crystals to facilitate energy healing. With a mobile service, relaxing studio, and nutritional counseling available, Holon Massage is a calming place to have chronic stress relieved and feel tight muscles melt.
Within one of the private treatment rooms at Serendipity Spa, a massage therapist kneads tense muscles and loosens stiff joints using a variety of bodywork techniques. Swedish massage sessions employ light to medium pressure to improve circulation, whereas more intense deep-tissue massages hone in on localized ailments or stables of charley horses. Add-on services such as aromatherapy and hot towel treatments enhance the experience with fragrance and warmth.
Matt and Cherie helm the tables at Elkins Myofascial Release, tending to problems of the body and spirit with massage. Matt specializes in neuromuscular therapy, deep-tissue, myofascial release, and craniosacral therapy; Cherie offers Swedish and relaxation massages. Swedish massage helps promote general relaxation and looseness in the body, while deep-tissue massage targets specific points of pain and tension, whether the result of hunching over a computer desk all day or being asked to be the desk for your co-worker's laptop.
Donovan Greer spent seven seasons playing football in the NFL. After hanging up his shoulder pads, he returned to his native Houston to put his athletic ability to work in another way—as owner of Pro Dynamic Fitness. Adults can work out in myriad classes, becoming more flexible in yoga, gaining endurance in spin class, or building core muscles in TRX. Kids, too, can work on fitness in personal and group sessions. The gym also offers training for young athletes hoping to win gold medals or young mathletes hoping to win Fields Medals.