If licensed massage therapist Ruth Buckley seems uncommonly compassionate toward her clients, it might be because she considers them neighbors. Ever since she opened R & R Therapeutic Massage in her hometown of Greenville, Ruth has shown her affection for the local community by alleviating their aches with Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Her specialty hot-stone modality targets aches below superficial muscle layers, melting away adhesions and plastic fruits scarfed down by mistake.
The stylists and aestheticians at SJ Design Hair Studio beautify clients with personalized hair, skin, and nail services. Stylists update hairstyles for men, women, and children with cuts, permanent color, highlights, and perms. Skincare specialists rejuvenate clients with facials and waxing services, and they ease weary muscles with the smooth, heated rocks used in a hot-stone massage, a service that was recently added to the menu to replace the less-soothing cold, jagged-stick massage.
Certified therapist Lawrence Urban buttresses the body's self-healing abilities with wellness boosting therapeutic massages. Before starting sessions, Larry works with patience to develop treatment plans that cater to client's needs. In addition to traditional Swedish techniques that foster relaxation, he brings balance to the body's energy pathways through cranial-sacral release. During reflexology sessions, he skillfully targets ailments all over the body by gently kneading their corresponding points on the hands and feet. Unperturbed by a challenging case, Larry also aides bodies in their natural healing processes to help muscles oppressed by chronic pain, which is often caused by fibromyalgia, sleeping at the bottom of a human pyramid, or other conditions.
There was a silver lining to be found in an auto accident. After Brian Hanks underwent chiropractic care and massage therapy in the wake of his car crash, the efficacy of those treatments inspired his eventual career choice—doctor of chiropractic. Now, Dr. Hanks practices at Muscle Science Chiropractic, helping others by specializing in functional neurology therapy, diagnosing and treating brain lesions to boost the health of the nervous system. He also uses craniosacral therapy, acupressure, and lymphatic drainage to get to the source of clients’ maladies. Another pillar of Dr. Hanks’s treatment regimen is massage therapy, which he renders in modalities such as deep tissue, myofascial, and trigger point.
Being a massage therapist for more than 15 years, JoAnn Southern has mastered a range of modalities, often incorporating hot stones and bamboo into her treatments. She considers herself to be an intuitive therapist who listens with her hands, tracking down muscle knots and areas of elevated tension.
But JoAnn does more than mend muscles with massages and James Taylor impersonations; she’s also an aesthetician with seven years of skincare experience. Through facials and facial massages, she focuses on winding back facial clocks, smoothing wrinkles brought on by aging and stress.
Grand Ledge Acupuncture’s licensed chi-finagler, Barbara Brouwer, wields extensive training in Oriental medicine and a set of thin, sterile needles to treat patients for a slew of maladies, including stress, joint stiffness, and chronic pain. In an initial consultation, she asks clients questions about their health history to suss out the root cause of their complaint, whether it be blocked energy pathways or a charley horse taking out timeshares in their left bicep. After constructing a personalized course of action, the experienced needle negotiator pricks extremely thin needles just under the client’s skin at predetermined points in an attempt to stimulate energy flow and unearth repressed memories of their past lives as porcupines. As spiny patients relax and recline, Brouwer targets a needle-free trouble area for a 15-minute massage that complements the effects of the acupuncture treatment.