Dressed in plush robes and spa sandals, guests of ME SPA drift from changing room to treatment room, where they unwind during pampering services such as facials, Swedish massages, and body scrubs. The whole experience is tailor-made for relaxation, right down to the silent cell phone policy. The tranquil quiet the spa remains unbroken by the sound of ringtones or a screeching wail of howler monkeys, allowing enough peace and quiet for stress to evaporate and the senses to be soothed. Upscale extras such as warm oils, hot stones, and scalp massages may be added to gentlemen's manicures, organic enzyme and peptide facials, or full-day packages for enhanced relaxation.
For more than 30 years, patients have come to Green Mountain Chiropractic and Massage for pain relief and a boost in their overall health. But before offering any treatments, Dr. Mark Wolff, D.C. or his team of specialists work with clients to understand their concerns and create a customized treatment plan that targets their needs. They then realign spines with traditional adjustments and perform advanced treatments such as computer-controlled spinal decompression and deep-tissue laser therapy, which stimulates healing on a cellular level.
Dr. Wolff, D.C. also specializes in holistic healing methods. As a certified acupuncturist, he has performed thousands of treatments over the years, using traditional fine-tipped needles or, alternatively, laser beams to relieve bodies of a variety of aliments. Additionally, registered massage therapists relieve clients’ stress and tension by loosening muscles, ligaments, and impossibly stuck jar tops with soothing strokes and targeted pressure.
Rae Marie bases her business, Rae of Light Aromatherapy Massage, on the use of scented oils. In a candid essay, she explains why: as a teenager, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Rae spent her high-school years cycling between different medications and inpatient programs, but continued to feel mired in negative emotions?when she didn't feel like a "walking vegetable," that is.
In 1993, something changed. Rae's mom, an alternative healer, was enrolled in a course on essential oils. When Rae reluctantly accompanied her mom to class, she intended to sleep through it. But by the end of the lecture, the soothing scent of an oil called "joy" had put her mind at ease, and as the duo smelled it in the car, they found it facilitated communication between them. Over the next few months, Rae learned more about oils, eventually stopping her medication and leaving the hospital to focus in on a new path in life. Today, at her massage clinic, she helps others experience the dramatic changes she went through via a variety of massage modalities, oils, and spa packages.
With her expertise in a broad range of massage modalities, Jennifer Feuerstein makes sure each client's individual issues are treated with a custom kneading session. She employs both gentle and firm gliding strokes and percussion techniques from the neck down to the feet, unraveling knots along the way and improving flexibility. The licensed massage therapist will sometimes incorporate aromatherapy into her massages, using classic essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, and strawberry shortcake.
An experienced massage therapist understands that exorcizing pain requires not only an appreciation for muscles and nerves but also for emotional and spiritual release?and that's exactly what the experienced therapists at Applause Therapeutic Massage offer in the form of traditional and muscle-balancing massages at their new Wadsworth Boulevard location. Linda Thorpe?the center's owner?and her team of skilled therapists follow this practice closely, leveraging her degree in psychology to address the physical and emotional health of their clients. And at the end of each session, they also suggest at-home methods to reduce muscle pain, from simple exercises to advanced forms of yelling at the TV.
Colby Bryant is a licensed neuromuscular-massage therapist who specializes in soft-tissue ailments such TMJ disorder, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and whiplash. By identifying sources of tension, Colby hopes to isolate treatment and accelerate the healing process. A typical session may consist of Swedish strokes to promote circulation or firmer deep-tissue pressure to access lower-layer aches.