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.
When Donna Boyd massages her clients, she isn't focused on merely treating their symptoms, but on treating the core problems that create those symptoms. At Donna's Heavenly Massage, the certified massage therapist blends more than five modalities, including elements of Swedish and sports massage, to knead each guest's muscles. Those sessions result in myriad benefits, from relieving lower-back pain and lessening anxiety to improving circulation and joint flexibility. Donna conducts her appointments in a warm, comfortable space made all the more soothing by gentle background music and optional aromatherapy at no extra charge.
Monica Bemus has expertly relieved bodies of aches and pains ever since she graduated from the Capri College of Massage Therapy in 1998. These days, the certified massage therapist showcases her kneading talents during sessions at Essential Therapeutic Bodywork. For each custom treatment, Monica draws upon techniques from 10 modalities??including trigger-point therapy and sports massage??to loosen knots and increase circulation, among other benefits. These sessions unfold inside a comfy room where soft music helps clients relax.
The bodywork experts at Serenity Massage pamper clients with an array of massage modalities that each have their own unique healing properties. Sports massage targets an athlete?s overused muscles or old jai alai injuries, whereas prenatal massage helps mothers-to-be find relief from their heavy load. Japanese shiatsu incorporates focused finger pressure to banish muscle knots, and Hawaiian lomilomi uses the therapist's hands, forearms, and even feet to facilitate healing. Traditional Swedish massage relaxes muscles with smooth, gliding strokes, and cranial-sacral therapy drives away stress by manipulating the bones in the head and spine.
A background in dance gives nationally certified massage therapist Cade Holmseth in-depth knowledge of the human muscular system. This comes in handy during custom treatments, in which he uses a variety of techniques?including shiatsu therapy?to get to the root of clients' ailments and usher in long-term health and well-being. He also taps into his training as an aerialist to tailor exercise plans, and advises clients on which essential oils can bolster their health.
Massage Xcape's massage therapists practice a variety of massage modalities: they're skilled at prenatal, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques, for example. But their main specialty is Swedish relaxation massages designed to put the body and mind at ease. Patrons can also add on pampering details such as hot towels or soothing aromatherapy scents, or unwind in the Lexington Avenue location's sauna. As an added convenience, the practice holds extended evening hours.