Throughout her training and more than 13 years of professional experience, certified massage therapist and Lighthouse Massage Center founder Elizabeth Everett has learned to treat patients with more than just her hands. She performs 11 types of massage, including Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, during which she uses her feet to deeply manipulate muscles in the back, glutes, and legs. Her hands work in tandem with warmed stones during hot lava-stone treatments as wafts of smoke from white sage fill the air with a calming scent. Raindrop-therapy sessions use the aromatic blends of Young Living Essential Oils and ancient Lakota techniques to target both physical and energetic toxins acquired from carrying whiny backpacks. Elizabeth, who has used her capable hands to soothe the stage-weary muscles of musicians such as Alice Cooper and Alicia Keys, is also a certified yoga instructor, and leads Vinyasa classes at Hilltop Yoga.
At Zoë Life Spa and Salon, guests are greeted by a "worry tree” that encourages them to symbolically hang their troubles on its serene branches. Once they've cast off these outside cares, they're free to focus on some well-deserved "me time," soaking up the spa's soothing, earthy ambiance as they await pampering in the form of everything from massages and manicures to haircuts and facials bolstered by Primavera, Esente, and Doctor’s Approach products. The spa’s staff helps clients make the most of their brief reprieve from the outside world and its constant barrage of deadlines, traffic jams, and attacks by reanimated mummies, indulging them with light snacks, herb-infused teas, and fresh juices during each relaxing service.
For the past five years, Tamara Thomas has been soothing shoulders and unknotting muscles during her relaxing massages. Believing that massage is a necessity, not a luxury, she glides hands over backs during tension-relieving Swedish massages or works to alleviate pain during targeted deep-tissue massages. She adds pampering treatments to the massages to further relax guests, such as dipping hands in warm paraffin, or placing warm stones on specific bodily areas.
The certified reflexologists at Rejuvenesence Reflexology believe that the body is always communicating itself, and they specialize in listening. Using their hands like tuning forks, the team detects physical and emotional disharmony through the hands and soles of the feet and attempts to restore balance through applied pressure. Each treatment ensconces clients in a soothing atmosphere marked by aromatherapy inside a private treatment room.
Massage therapist Aja Fortenberry trained in the 1,100-hour Baker College program, where she learned to incorporate Swedish massage, active stretching, and deep therapeutic bodywork to ease tension. Now, with more than 10 years of experience, Aja provides clients with her healing touch at Verity Life Massage Therapy. She offers her signature Swedish massages in 60- and 90-minute iterations as well as short chair-massage sessions.
Handworks Massage LLC owner and certified massage therapist Scott Stearns administers purposeful bodywork customized to help assuage physical and emotional stress or advance injury recovery. His 60-minute massages may incorporate multiple modalities to coax knotted muscles and bunched connective tissues into relaxing, being more flexible, and resuming their at-ease position. During the treatment, interactive discussion gives clients insight into Scott’s holistic techniques and efforts to ease the body-wide taxation from activities such as sports training, professional labor, and giving a piggyback ride to an adorable five-year-old SUV. Sessions forgo the scented candles and heavy oil bastings of traditional spas in favor of an athletically inspired space, with massagee-chosen tunes, sparing applications of organic jojoba oil, and a table topped with an ergonomic bodyCushion for cloud-like comfort.