Located right on Frazier Mountain, the talented spa technicians at Mountain Day Spa do away with smelly, toxic chemical treatments and acrylics in favor of all-organic hair coloring. The spa also offers a full range of massage treatments.
With 15 years of experience guiding her, co-owner-therapist Joy Staley and her team of therapists continue to help their clients experience the therapeutic and holistic benefits of massage. Besides the typical Swedish and deep-tissue massage, they also specialize in pressure-point and sports massage techniques. Every massage also comes with moist heat packs, to hydrate and increase circulation, and steamed towels to remove excess essential oils. Using whichever specialized modality best suits their client, they aim to reduce the lymph build-up and inflammation that blocks blood flow, causes muscular pain, and induces people to spontaneously do the worm. They work in a room with sand-colored walls and sumptuous curtains the color of red wine, keeping the lights dim to foster relaxation.
At Premier Massage & Spa, Robert Miko gives the ancient practice of acupuncture a 21st-century update. Using the computerized AcuGraph 4, he assesses the status of each body's meridians before applying fine needles the old-fashioned way. When it comes to massage, however, Miko and his highly trained staff stick to the classic approach. Available for individual or couples sessions, Premier's massage therapists relieve achy muscles and knead away knots with mixtures of slow Swedish strokes and deep-tissue techniques. For a soothing finale, try Steamy Wonder, a layer of body mud or polish packed with detoxifying herbs.
Like a gorgon who only wants a friend to join her staring contest, certified and licensed massage therapist James "Dragon" Colley—who goes by the nickname "Dragon"—is the friendliest sort of beast. He doesn't breathe fire, he brings the heat when it comes to massage therapy. This solo-performing certified and licensed massage therapist relieves ailments such as muscle soreness, back pain, stress, and headaches. James also incorporates several hands-on methods, including Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and Reiki. Additionally, he enhances the effects of his treatments by employing acupressure and shiatsu techniques whenever necessary.
Licensed massage therapist Debra McCown believes that massage is more than just bodywork: it's about making the client feel as comfortable as possible. That's why she holds a pretreatment consultation to determine the source of lingering stress and customize her many bodywork techniques. Debra also urges clients to use her specialty body cushions during treatment. Not only do these specialty pillows insure an ideal resting position to prevent backache, they're easily adjustable for men, women, and scarecrows of all body sizes.
A certified prenatal massage therapist working towards getting her massage doula license, Jodi Emdy earned her massage-therapy license in 2007 and remains an enthusiastic practitioner dedicated to massage as a means of holistic wellness. Her repertoire of five modalities expressly links mental and physical health, including reflexology and prenatal massages that assuage stress to help regulate hormone levels.