You can opt for a traditional massage at CMG Wellness if you'd like, but first take a look at the service menu. It might just convince you that hot lava shells are good for what ails. The shells, heated and filled with herbs, and supplemented by the guided pressure of a massage therapist's hands, help coax tightness from the muscles and ease pain associated with tension or injury. Or perhaps the bamboo stalks will tempt you with their stress-deflating strength. Therapists trade in their hands for firm bamboo stalks whose firmness is utilized to ease knots from the muscles and get clients feeling as loose as a prizefighter's tooth after the final round.
CMG offers many such exotic treatments?in addition to the aforementioned massages, clients can opt for ancient and time-tested treatments like cupping and gua sha. CMG is led by Chanti Lowenberg, a licensed massage therapist who found her calling early in life when she used massage to ease her mother's chronic pain. Chanti became licensed and now offers a slate of traditional and exotic treatments all designed to bolster well-being and help clients overcome physical and emotional stress.
The certified therapists behind Escape Massage knead away curmudgeonly knots seven days a week inside 10 private and two couples massage rooms. Three-inch high-density foam massage tables cushion bodies while warm waves of heat fend off goose bumps as they disperse through fitted cotton-flannel sheets and quiet heaters. After therapists dim the wall sconces, they manipulate sinews with Swedish massage techniques, and optional deep-tissue, aromatherapeutic, and hot-stone techniques, concluding each session with hot towels upon request. Escape Massage also provides prenatal massage tables, which come with specially designed padding and pillows that allow moms-to-be to lay face-down and solicit parenting advice from Mother Earth. Escape Massage is open 7 days a week.
RVA Massage and Wellness’s staff of certified massage therapists is led by owner Stephanie Quinby, who also serves on the state of Virginia’s Advisory Board on Massage Therapy. Quinby and her staff use a variety of techniques to knead away aches and pains, including therapeutic massage, which can help treat an injury; deep-tissue massage, which can alleviate muscle tightness with intense, localized pressure; and sports massage, which can improve range of motion. The massage therapists believe in the importance of a consultation with every client, as it helps them determine the optimal type of massage.
Inside Marpay Massage––which borrows its name from the Hebrew word for “healing”––certified massage therapist Rebekah Adams helps clients find physical and mental relief. Certified by both the Virginia nursing Board and the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Rebekah specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue massages, which she often enhances with the soothing warmth of hot stones that may be used to help enhance the patient’s circulation or keep their book reports from blowing away.
Licensed therapist and founder of Eye Intuitive Cheyenne Mcquilkin applies her deft hands and 14 years of experience to assuage achy muscles and joints with a vast array of massage modalities. During Swedish massages, Cheyenne delivers long, gliding strokes of medium pressure to ease muscles into a state of relaxation similar to stretching out in a recliner on a bunk bed. Deep-tissue massage incorporates similar strokes to those of the Swedish modality, but delves deeper into soft tissue, introducing cross-grain pressures to extract embedded muscle knots and break apart adhesions.
Named Best Chiropractor by Style Weekly, Advanced Wellness Centre’s spine whisperers coax errant discs and uncooperative vertebrae back into proper alignment, fighting poor posture and pain. The first visit includes a comprehensive chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurologic exam and a set of x-rays, if necessary, to unveil misshapen spines or inter-rib bunny ears, as well as a detailed muscle analysis. Patients then return for a soothing second session that includes a 60-minute chiropractic massage, when a certified therapist will expertly remove knots from muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands. Post-pampering, clients meet with a health care provider to discuss the previous visit’s test results and chart a course of frame-correcting care.