Inside Melting Point’s sultry studio, woodblock Buddha prints smile serenely upon students as they smoothly transition through a series of body-strengthening poses. The temperature hovers between 100 and 105 degrees, ensuring that beginning and advanced practitioners can attain deep stretches, detoxification, and bowls of soup not quite warm enough to be enjoyable. Wide-blade ceiling fans and bamboo-hardwood floors evoke a tropical bungalow, and wide windows carry a flood of natural light into the studio space. Because of the high temperature, towels are mandatory during classes; students can bring their own or rent towels and mats from the studio. After class, students can capitalize on their primed and supple muscles with a Swedish or neuromuscular massage from a licensed massage therapist.
Zen Massage's licensed therapists run their nimble fingers across backs and shoulders, healing fatigued muscles with eight massage modalities inspired by Eastern and Western traditions. While gliding strokes promote overall relaxation, firm taps hone in on stubborn knots in upper backs and rough-hewn peg legs. Zen Swedish and deep-tissue massages penetrate muscles with varying degrees of pressure, and neuromuscular therapy stimulates specific trigger points to call a truce between bickering body systems. A reiki energy treatment or blend of pure, essential aromatherapy oils coddles the senses while soothing strokes bring peace to beleaguered muscles.
Treating tense muscles is like bargain hunting—it can conserve a lot of money in the long run but shouldn’t be done with the aid of a shady character in a dark alley. Amid soothing décor featuring earthy tones and violet hues, clients of Massage Envy begin their 90-minute session with an initial consultation that determines which customized massage will provide the best results. For example, a sports massage provides treatment specific to the athlete’s sport, reflexology targets points on the extremities to balance the nervous system, and deep-tissue massage unties knots while relieving chronic muscle tension. Trigger-point therapy alleviates tight areas within muscle tissue through cycles of isolated pressure and release, while a Swedish massage relaxes the whole body with long, gliding strokes. The professional massage therapists at Massage Envy will apply the necessary muscle treatment with pinpoint precision and buttery smoothness during convenient hours, including evenings and weekends.
The experienced muscle menders at Massage Loft draw on Swedish and deep-tissue massage techniques to relax aching bodies. During the Swedish massage, cream, oil, or gel aids the long, smooth strokes, generating warmth to stimulate circulation and to de-kink knots tied by badge-hungry boy scouts, leaving patrons feeling refreshed and less stressed. Nimble fingers focus on trigger points during the deep-tissue knead, which works to release toxins from their confines in tense muscles and to produce serotonin for giddy relief from stress and chronic pain. Both techniques soothe overworked muscles and work toward uniting the body and mind until the two can hum a perfectly in-tune harmonized guitar riff.
For licensed massage and bodywork therapist Diana Hall, the body is as great a sanctuary as the mind. Customized around each client's individual needs and propensity to play catch with the head of a marble statue, Diana's Swedish and deep-tissue massages help increase circulation and flexibility as well as reduce discomforts such as stress and muscle tightness. To enrich mental well-being, Diana draws upon her life-coaching skills by arranging events such as lectures in which attendees learn to transform their negative thoughts into positive, empowering mantras.
Dave Flanagan is the owner and licensed massage therapist at Finest Hour Massage. His specialties are many, allowing him to respond to numerous ailments ranging from chronic pain and tension to emotional stress. Dave targets physical complaints with therapeutic massages such as neuromuscular bodywork and deep-tissue massage. His deep Swedish massages are firm and more geared toward stress-relief and instilling feelings of bliss and well-being akin to laying on a tropical beach and and watching coconuts fall on your enemies. Also available are couples massages and hot-stone massages.