As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health-and-wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Skilled in 14 different styles of massage, The Massage Center's therapists can relax muscles in every type of body. Whether employing classic techniques such as shiatsu, deep tissue, or hot stone massage or specific styles such as prenatal, they tailor each service to the needs of the client, whether they're looking for stress relief, restored range of motion, or an excuse to climb on top of a table. What's more, they also give each massage style a fun, easy-to-remember name such as Hot Rock and Roll, so customers can order exactly the treatment they like at any location.
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Emboldened by her training at High-Tech Institute, Sarah Elliott set out to ease her clients' tension and help them regain bodily harmony by opening her own studio in the Serenity Center. As guests recline on a microfiber blanket in a private, candlelit massage room, Sarah mends muscles with an array of soothing massage modalities, some of which incorporate essential oils and hot stones. During integrated-massage sessions, she combines Swedish relaxation techniques with trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, and stretching to loosen muscles and subdue pain. As a prenatal-certified therapist, Sarah can also treat expectant mothers suffering from nausea, back pain, and stress through targeted kneading. Regular recipients of massage therapy often cite a host of benefits, such as better sleep, improved concentration, and the ability to finish friends’ sentences for them.
At Motherlove Massage, clients don't have to be a king, queen, or even potty-trained to experience the royal treatment. The Motherlove staff specializes in working with the entire family, whether infants, parents, or the mini-fridge that always gets chilly and wears dad's cardigan. Pamela, to name one of their licensed massage therapists, draws from 20 years of experience. On top of their standard adult-catered massages—such as relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone—some of Motherlove's therapists are trained as doulas and proficient in pre- and post-natal massage. Their varied expertise allows the staff to assist individuals through all stages of life, and along the way maintain sound health, inner balance, and harmony through massage therapy.
While they specialize in massage, it would be erroneous to say The Massage Center's therapists only do one thing. Their fingers can knead and stroke to the tune of 14 massage modalities, each one carefully administered to render specific benefits.
It's not hard to figure out what the massages accomplish, since the center gives each treatment an easy to remember name. For example, "My Vacation" is just that: an escape into the massage room for a light, Swedish massage focused on relieving stress. During "Rainy Day" treatments, essential oils drop onto the body, while the "Aroma Delight Relaxation" treatments fill the massage room with soothing scents. Other massages focus on specific types of clients, like athletes or expectant mothers. During the "Baby on Board" massage, therapists address lower back pain, swelling in the legs, and other issues for women from the second trimester to six months after birth, when a child can finally leave for college.
BodyMx's licensed massage therapists master a variety of techniques to improve their clients' well-being with personalized services. Through their assortment of therapeutic modalities, they identify, target, and alleviate both physical and mental ailments, including back pain, muscle soreness, and anxiety. Deep-tissue massages employ slow strokes to relieve chronic tension, and reflexology uses pressure from feet and hands to repair energy channels most susceptible to outages during thunderstorms.