Despite the deceptively simple name emblazoned across the crimson awning, The Salon is about far more than stylish 'dos forged with Keune and Kevin Murphy products. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the salon floor with light, illuminating a cocoon of blond wood and earthy tones. Hidden from view is the spa room in which the aesthetician pampers pores with Guinot facials, Brazilian waxes, and hot-stone massages. Back out in the open, stylists teach clients to apply jane iredale mineral makeup and banish frizz with Keratin Complex smoothing treatments and a machine that pops every balloon that comes within 6 inches of your scalp.
When Jen Hibbard opened Sant? Massage in 2011, she saw it almost as a wellness studio?a place where clients could come to improve their overall health, not just as a place where massage was a luxury. The therapist, who often blogs about improving her own health, reduces chronic pain and tension with everything from deep-tissue and therapeutic massages to hot-stone and prenatal massages.
Jen learned her techniques at Heritage College, where she obtained an associate's degree in therapeutic massage and occupational studies. Jen emerged from the 1,200-hour state-accredited program with knowledge in a number of fields, including anatomy and physiology, Chinese medicine, and school-mascot massages.
At Cre8u Massage & Bodywork, muscles are put under controlled pressure to remove stiffness and painful knots, restoring them to relaxed elasticity. Clients can choose between a Swedish massage—a fluid style employing light to moderate pressure in order to increase circulation—or the deep tissue massage, where communications between the central nervous system and the muscular skeletal system are de-encrypted and reharmonized into stress-free symphonies. There is no special clothing requirement, so those in need of kneading can arrive directly from their chair at work or their Lego mattress at home.
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The holistic therapists at Imperial Foot Care alleviate stress throughout the body by combining massaging strokes with the pinpointed prods of reflexology. Working on the premise that certain areas of the hands, feet, and ears correlate with areas of the body, reflexology practitioners apply focused pressure to the extremities to help balance energy pathways and reduce pain, diminishing the need for chemical compounds or high-risk body-switching procedures. Ensconced in a private treatment room, therapists' trained hands glide over muscles and bodily meridians in their effort to increase circulation and minimize the pain associated with stress, tension headaches, arthritis, and back problems.
Within Oracle Massage and Wellness Center, licensed massage therapists draw from Eastern and Western massage philosophies to eradicate muscle tension and stress in private treatment rooms. Along with classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, the staff draw on the radiant warmth of hot-stone massage with rocks sourced from only the most peacefully burbling rivers. Staff might also turn to holistic methods with reiki, a Japanese method that combines traditional massage with energy-balancing techniques.