Elizabeth Goodman is very sensitive to the stress that comes from working in a cubicle. It wasn't until she discovered massage that she felt herself begin to unwind, and she realized that the act of helping others relax was more fulfilling than her desk job. So she fled the cubicle. She works as a therapist now, treating the very same aches and pains on her clients she once experienced herself.
Inside her namesake massage studio, Sara Bliss banishes clients' stress and assuages back-bound pain. In practice since 1997, she is trained in such common modalities as Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and reflexology. In addition to stress-melting muscle kneading, Bliss further banishes tension with complimentary luxuries such as steamed towels infused with aromatic essential oils and foot reflexology.
Tina Sewell, the licensed massage and bodywork therapist who helms Spa Bliss, channels the relaxing vibe of Hawaii with soothing strokes from around the world. After graduating from the Atlanta School of Massage, she honed her skills in a chiropractor's office in Maui. Here, she developed expertise in lomilomi, a Hawaiian massage technique that involves manipulating sore muscles with the hands and forearms. Like many of her services, lomilomi can ease physical tension while dissolving emotional stress and undigested fudgesicles. Tina also specializes in neuromuscular therapy, a blend of deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and Japanese shiatsu techniques that can decrease the chronic pain and stiffness caused by musculoskeletal disorders, tennis elbow, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and TMJ.
At Day Break Massage & Wellness, therapists and aestheticians hope that time spent in their center is like hitting the pause button on a hectic day for clients. They start that process by talking to their clients and understanding their skin and body concerns before any procedure begins. At massage visits, personal goals may including stress reduction, muscle recovery, or improving flexibility. Aestheticians are also on hand to provide restorative spa services that include deep-cleansing facials, hydrating skin treatments, and body wraps that exfoliate better than falling asleep on the beach.
Healing Touch Charlotte offers seven modalities of massage therapy for Charlotte's rotten muscles and blown tissues. A Swedish massage relieves tension and stress throughout the body like the summer winds sweeping through Stora Sjöfallet National Park, while a deep-tissue massage attacks adhesions within muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The medical massage is a rehabilitative service tending to areas affected by accident or injury, while neuromuscular massage remedies posture problems and structural dissymmetry. Prenatal massage alleviates aches within expectant mothers, reflexology kneads at nexuses 'neath the knees with its focus on feet and concentration on calves, and myofascial release uses muscle contractions and light tissue stimulation to clear up tension.
Facials at Bliss Beauty incorporate products from Eminence Organic Skin Care of Hungary, plus vitamin-rich serums, anti-oxidants, and enzymes. The result? Customized regimens that target each clients' specific skin issues, be they wrinkles, blemishes, or goosebumps that have gone on too long. Figure in add-ons such as arm massages and tea tree oils, and the facials become as relaxing as they are healthy.
In fact, all of the services at Bliss Beauty strike a luxurious balance between comfort and efficacy. The cucumber mint body treatment, for example, begins with a soothing dry brush that preps the skin for a mint sugar scrub and cucumber mint body wrap. Even the waxing treatments sound enticing, as the estheticians use strawberry hot wax and chocolate strip wax to do away with unwanted hair.