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.
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.
Doctor Jim Kreibich's chiropractic adjustments realign the vertebrae so the nervous system can send the right signals to nerves throughout the rest of the body. In addition to operating the spinal switchboard, the doctor also spots sources of pain through examination and presents a report of findings. He removes such discomfort with massage therapy or ultrasound therapy that vibrates and massages the tissue with small sound waves.
While many people associate chiropractic care with issues of the back, treatments also sustain health and promote self-healing in the entire body. These treatments improve structural misalignments, alleviating associated health issues as allergies, insomnia, and headaches along the way.
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.
From its location inside Sola Salon, L'amour Massage is dedicated to boosting clients' mental and physical well-being at the same time. The spa's therapists specialize in massage techniques, and employ three main modalities. Swedish massages use long, gentle strokes to wipe away tension, while warming deep-tissue massages consist of heightened pressure and more vigorous kneading. For aromatherapy sessions, therapists augment relaxing strokes with the use of floral and herbaceous essential oils that come with the added benefit of throwing any nearby raccoons off the your scent.
Fresh Face Loftique's owners Ann Slanga and Kara Huelsmann know what it takes to look good. Ms. Slanga has spent the last decade as an aesthetician, during which time she's honed her craft in spa facilities around the world, from San Francisco to Saint-Malo, France. Similarly, Ms. Huelsmann has spent more than 20 years in the industry and has worked alongside dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
These experiences guide the aestheticians at Fresh Face Loftique. Just by looking at a client's face, they know the right blend of masks, toners, and cleansers that will give skin the youthful glow of a freshly picked light bulb. The staff might also recommend slimming body wraps or a full-body exfoliation, which uses seawater crystals to scrub away dead skin. Other standout services include massages with modalities such as hot-stone therapy.