While studying alternative medicine, Wilson Cruz became fascinated with the body's ability to regenerate, and explored how massage therapy aids this process. Soon after earning his massage therapy license, he opened Get Centered Muscular Therapy Studio where he manipulates clients' physical structures into healing themselves through personalized massage sessions. He draws from the multiple techniques in which he's been trained to customize each session to increase circulation and improve range of motion. Neuromuscular therapy increases flexibility and improves stamina while speeding up post-workout recovery, and the strokes of deep-tissue massage work to loosen scar tissue and lengthen muscles so clients no longer have to sleep hanging upside-down.
Pamela Collura studied her craft at the Galen Institute School of Medical Massage and spent five years sharpening her skills before opening A Therapeutic Touch. Now, with more than a decade of experience and a range of modalities such as Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massage, she can defeat poor circulation, joint pain, and stress while wearing nary a piece of armor. She also dabbles in Eastern techniques, such as ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, cupping, and reiki. When she isn't busy with massages, Pamela envelops clients in warm organic detox body wraps featuring a seaweed gel and cellulite cream.
For licensed massage therapist Joy Clarkson, healing is more than just kneading away muscle knots. As a 13-year massage-therapy veteran, she's grown to incorporate meditation and sound into her practice at Enjoy Holistic Healing. Sessions may use gongs and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as her voice; this may include chanting, toning, or speaking the phone book very slowly. However, because she tailors these sessions to each individual, she may use as few or as many of these methods during massages, alongside lomilomi, reflexology, and other modalities.
Signature Service: Massage, reiki, and cranial-sacral therapy
Brands Used: Organic jojoba oil?an absorbent, non-greasy plant product
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Walking through the minimal, dimly lit interiors of Invidia Salon and Spa may feel like walking through a dream. Ultramodern floral wall sconces and chandeliers fashioned from branches illuminate hardwood-floored hallways that split off into dark rooms filled with plush couches. In the central hall, studio lights cast dramatic beams onto swiveling salon chairs positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, each aligned in two rows flanking a central stone fireplace.
Here in the multimillion dollar 10,000-square-foot facility, stylists sculpt new ’dos and colorists add hues to locks. Aestheticians smooth skin with customizable facials rich in vitamins and natural extracts, and laser technicians boost collagen with LED light therapy and laser facials.
In private spa rooms, equipped with fireplaces and temperature-controlled beds, therapists imbue a sense of calm with massages and Reiki. In the Vichy shower, clients treated with mud or fruit body wraps recline on a cushioned bed while multiple showerheads work to clean their skin.
Licensed massage therapist Rachel Leggett studied her craft at Spa Tech Institute. As a well-versed professional, Rachel can knead sore sinews with therapeutic, deep-tissue, integrative, Swedish, and sports techniques. In addition to easing painful knots, she also wields first-aid certification from the American Heart Association.