When Susan Lange’s massage therapist suggested she try watsu, Lange knew as much about the therapy as most people—nothing. “We’re kind of obscure,” Lange says with a laugh, referring to the watsu community she now considers herself a member of. The therapy, whose name is derived from “water” and “shiatsu,” blends ancient Japanese finger massage with the restorative properties of warm water. In heated pools, therapists fully support their clients as they administer a combination of massage, stretching, and instant-rice-cooking techniques. After her first watsu experience, Lange writes, “I felt like I was dancing, floating, flying and being nurtured all at once."
Today, Lange shares this experience with others in the yurt she and her husband built in the meadow adjoining their home. Inside this yurt is a 15-foot circular pool filled with 4 feet of warm water. Once they have waded in, clients can strap on narrow floatation devices to assist Lange as she guides them through the water. As she performs the massage, Lange gently strikes Tibetan singing bowls drifting alongside her in the water, creating a soundscape to further soothe the senses.
The therapists at Elements Massage understand that massages aren't one-size-fits-all. That's why, before they ever apply their hands to muscles, the therapists consult with clients to talk about their specific concerns and answer any questions. This results in a fully custom massage that targets each client's aches, pains, and trouble spots. Massage therapists craft their strokes to help resolve maladies such as stress, headaches, and sleep problems, and clients feel so relaxed, it's as if the massage table has been replaced with a hammock in a bubble bath.
Many people relax by watching TV or watching other people watch TV—but there's a better way. Licensed massage therapist Jill Zandstra offers a diverse menu of therapeutic bodywork techniques to sedate frayed nerves. Jill can soothe muscles with flowing Swedish strokes, or access lower-layer aches with deep-tissue pressure. Prenatal massage is also available to ease joint pain in expecting mothers.
The Massage Way is a massage and wellness studio run by licensed massage therapist Jodi Pickett, who offers Swedish relaxation massages in private rooms, helping to improve circulation and alleviate chronic pain. Jodi also offers spa packages, which combine her soothing massages with mini-body wraps, reflexology treatments, and facials to complete the whole-body relaxation experience.
Monica Zakry received her coloring certification from Pravana Natureceuticals, as well as her hair extensions certificate from So.Cap. In addition, she offers haircuts for men and women and conditioning services, all inside of Dolce Vita Salon and Spa, a welcoming space where clients are served a beverage and can tap into the free WiFi before their appointment.
Joey M. trained at Bumble and bumble in New York, and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe in order to perfect his craft. Today, when he isn't traveling to keep up with current trends in hairstyling, he transforms men and women with cuts, conditioning treatments, and up-dos, and tame frizz with Brazilian Blowout treatments.