Licensed massage therapists Marielle Shoffstall and Vincent Cicchetti join forces under the guise of Therapy Touch Massage, where they focus on treatments that assuage stress and reduce pain. Their soothing repertoire includes a signature custom massage, gentle Swedish strokes, and a more intense deep-tissue massage that targets buried aches. They also relieve mommies-to-be with prenatal treatments, which work to alleviate common maternity issues such as stiff necks, back pain, and the inability to hula-hoop. A variety of Spaaahh Therapies can enhance each treatment with pressure-point reflexology or hot-stone-and-bamboo fusion.
Jennifer Stephens massages muscles and pampers skin with homemade products blended from fresh produce, local honey, and therapeutic clays. The products she uses are important to her, because her goal is to help clients escape from stress without having to rely on drugs or create their own sprawling fantasy universe. She is trained in an array of bodywork modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology.
Escape Salon & Spa, named one of the area's Best Salons and Spas in Ocala Magazine, pampers patrons' hands and feet within a bright, taupe-walled space. Nail specialist Vanessa, who approaches nails the way a painter approaches a blank canvas, cleans, buffs, and shines nails until they feel comfortable at a special occasion, such as a potluck.
As a certified personal trainer, Kathy Lopez at Family Wellness Center has a unique vantage point on the workings of the human body. She uses this knowledge to work the kinks out of her clients' muscles, using the soothing strokes of Swedish massage instead of turkey-eating contests to lull them into a state of relaxation. Her therapy room is located in a chiropractic-care clinic, which includes massage along with yoga and fitness programs as part of its wellness offerings.
With the range of specialties that Kathy Lopez flaunts, visitors to Healthy Hands of Ocala can be sure she will fix what ails them. For those looking for simple full-body relaxation, Kathy harnesses heated rocks or bamboo tools to melt away tension or lure away stuck-on pandas. During sports massage, she works to soften and lengthen muscles that athletic endeavors have made tight or painful.
Licensed massage therapist Dorothy DeBoise sends calming strokes across achy muscles with her healing bodywork. In the comfort of her private Essence massage studio, Dorothy can administer relaxing Swedish strokes, or access lower-layer aches with more focused deep-tissue methods. Clients may also opt for an Essence signature sports massage, which draws on trigger-point techniques and foam-finger kneading to sideline athletic injuries.