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The licensed massage therapists at Massage Alaska vaporize stress with a menu of both soothing and rehabilitative body treatments acted out within a powder-blue room. The list of modalities extends from basic relaxation massage to more intense deep- tissue massage and myofascial release. Natural aids such as hot stones, warm canes of bamboo, and badgers with velvet gloves suffuse the homey studio with the serenity of the forest. Nail techs also groom men’s and women's fingers and toes, evincing Massage Alaska's dedication to hygiene by using disposable implements.

2090 East Palmer-Wasilla Highway
Wasilla,
AK
US

The licensed, board-certified doctors and sclerotherapy-certified nurse at Alaska Vein Care vanquish spider veins and enlarged, bulging varicose veins with FDA-approved treatments. Injections of a sclerosing agent seal the interior lining of spider veins, diminishing their appearance by blocking blood flow. Treatments for varicose veins include EVLT treatments to restore normal circulation, micro-phlebectomy procedures to remove looped veins, and sclerotherapy, which closes vein walls.

3066 E Meridian Park Loop
Wasilla,
AK
US

The HCG Diet is Here and it Works Not all Homeopathic hCG is created equal. We use a broader spectrum Homeopathic hCG 6X,12X,30X,60X plus a homeopathic amino acid complex consisting of (L-Arginine, L-Carnitine, L-Ornithine and L-Tyrosine) in a 3X,6X,12X,30X complex for added support.

1830 E Parks Hwy Ste 113-615
Wasilla,
AK
US

Swedish vs. Deep-Tissue Massage: Finding the Right Way to Relax

Swedish and deep-tissue massage are two bodywork approaches that render very different benefits. Read our guide to choose the best option for you.

The relationship between deep-tissue and Swedish massage is much like that between DayQuil and NyQuil. Both are designed to help you feel better, but the one that makes the most sense depends on your individual needs. Here's what to expect from each of the two modalities:

Swedish massage combines four distinct motions?effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement?to help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session. The four phases are easy enough to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.

Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relieving mental and physical tension, deep-tissue massage has more specific concerns. Due to stress and other factors, the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body's muscles and bones?the fascia?often tenses up, resulting in muscle knots and a painful buildup of lactic acid. Deep-tissue massage aims to warm up the fascia and release the accumulated toxins. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers. Although the intensity can produce some discomfort, deep-tissue massage should still be relaxing; the goal, after all, is to relieve the tension between muscles and their weird roommate, the skeleton.

3261 S Big Lake Road
Big Lake,
AK
US

The fronds of live plants sway in the air amid neutral-toned walls, soft lighting, and area rugs, all of which give DermaGlow’s interior a homey atmosphere that juxtaposes with the sharp and professional skills of its staff. Aestheticians lend skin a radiant glow with a range of services—they don’t stop at tanning. Organic Dermaquest products empower facials as they work to reduce signs of sun damage and aging, and peels and microdermabrasions delve deeper into epidermal layers. Botanical spray tans burnish skin with a glow, and professional makeup artists beautify blinks with Novalash eyelash extensions.

645 N Jessica Brooke Cir
Wasilla,
AK
US

Whether clients are looking looking for a health checkup or a beauty treatment, Zulene Simmons's r?sum? is bound to inspire confidence. A board-certified nurse practitioner with a focus in women's health, she draws on more than 30 years of medical experience to perform services such as physical exams and pap smears. And when it comes to cosmetic procedures, she draws on expertise honed at the Esthetic Skin Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Microdermabrasion, cosmetic injections, and chemical peels are a few specialties, along with tattoo-removal treatments that banish designs left over from a brief stint working as a tattoo-parlor dummy.

20905 Eastside Drive
Peters Creek,
AK
US