At Island Touch Therapeutic Massage, licensed massage therapist Ayesha puts her extensive training to work during each of her massage sessions. Formerly from Trinidad, Ayesha incorporates an island spirit in her work in an effort to help melt away muscle tension, curb chronic pain, and allay aches caused by bending over backward to make everyone else happy. She augments her massages with various add-ons such as softening foot soaks, invigorating salt scrubs, or slimming body wraps. She also infuses massages with soothing aromatherapy to relax the entire body and evoke an island paradise or a DMV covered in scratch-and-sniff stickers.
After the combined stress and pain following an accident where she was struck by an automobile, Chris Ackermann wanted to help others avoid the kind of experience she had gone through. Hoping to offer a respite from the stressors of physical trauma, Ackermann went through the rigors of more than 700 hours of training at the St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts. There, she learned techniques in integrative, deep-tissue, sports, reflexology, and chair massage, among others, creating a multifaceted foundation on which to begin her business, Time to Relax. Today she puts her skills to work, customizing each massage to her clients' individual ailments, pains, and stressful fortune cookies from last week.
Massage therapists Amanda and Kate Hagsten relax muscles, relieve stress, and promote wellness in an elegant studio decorated with artwork and fresh flowers. The foundation of Forget-Me-KNOT’s has been a dream come true for Amanda, who had wanted to establish an inviting space for people to rest their bodies and minds after long days spent hunting for lunch with tridents. Kate, meanwhile, finds joy in helping others to develop balance between their bodies and the environment; she’s currently a candidate for a PhD in the field of ethnobotany. The Hagstens treat a range of ailments with a variety of massage-therapy services including Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and acupressure modalities.
Hot stones, aromatherapy oils, and prenatal massages are just a few of the tools Lisa Bowman and the team of Aaahhh... Therapeutic Massage use to relax their clients. Inside a warm, private treatment room, the team sprinkles these courtesies over clients during sessions that they tailor to each individual's unique needs and set of instructions tattooed between their shoulders. But the team does not aim for relaxation alone; they recognize the myriad health benefits associated with massage, including better sleep and elevated immunity.
Getting a massage isn't just an indulgence for Michelle Alvermann. It also inspires her to be a better practitioner. It reminds her of the importance of helping her clients feel great, whether they come to her seeking pain management or to curb anxiety, sleeplessness, or muscles that squish when you walk. She performs six different modalities, such as deep-tissue, pregnancy, and cranial-sacral therapy, in private rooms with soft music.
Island Therapeutic Massage's founder and owner, Victoria, believes that massage can be part of a daily or weekly de-stressing regimen, rather than just a once-in-a-while indulgence. At her massage center's two locations, she and her team work to stimulate circulation, fend off disease, and bring balance to their clients' bodies with an array of soothing modalities.
Among the most popular of these modalities, Swedish and deep-tissue massages uncoil sinews and reduce stress with varying levels of pressure. Therapeutic massage, trigger-point therapy, and sports massage focus more on specific ailments, targeting headaches and chronic pain from injuries on the field or in the workplace. Another specialty modality, pregnancy massage, helps expectant mothers and babies cope with the stress of hormonal changes and rigid nine-month deadlines. To ramp up your relaxation, request body scrubs and aromatherapy with nonscented or Young Living essential oils.