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.
Body beautification can take many forms, and at Ultra Tan, tanning is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to bronzing skin with spray tans and a UV capsule called The Cyberdome, the friendly staff provide massage and aesthetic services that help customers feel and look good from head to toe. Men and women can stop by for a haircut or a manicure or schedule a body-slimming massage after swallowing a birthday cake python-style. Aestheticians also embellish faces with cosmetics, sharing their makeup tricks with others during lessons.
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.
From the Eastern artwork in the Buddha Room to the sloping woodwork of the Pyramid Room's walls, the decor inside ACC Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions mirrors the serenity of its services. These pictures of peace fill a Victorian-style home, where a team of specialists remedies stress and soreness. The practitioners espouse a natural and holistic approach to ailments—rather than simply quieting symptoms, they prefer to relax the mind as well as the muscles, tailoring their treatments to address the needs of each client.
At the head of the staff is owner Karen Kraft, a certified massage therapist and reiki master. Karen, who beat cancer three times, has a distinct sense of empathy when soothing her patrons' aches. Doctor of Chiropractic Rosemary Benjamin, meanwhile, adjusts spines with a gentle approach that avoids the traditional joint-cracking twists and prescriptions for constant somersaults. A reflexologist, an auricular acupuncturist, and a hypnotherapist also contribute to the well-rounded treatment menu. Guests can attend workshops and guided meditation seminars to supplement their therapies with lessons on tai chi, polarity yoga, and self-awareness.
Koru, the Maori word from which Koru Therapeutic Massage takes its name, describes a spiral shape that signifies rebirth and growth– concepts that certified medical massage therapist Meghan Caterino understands well. After suffering from paralysis-inducing Guillain-Barre syndrome since childhood, she made an almost-full recovery thanks to a combination of physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture. The experience spurred her on a path to help others heal through massage.
Her nimble hands use all-natural products when working to reduce tension and stress during relaxation and therapeutic massage sessions, during which she helps the body recover after injury, inactivity, or napping with a pet boa constrictor. Meghan has special certification in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya abdominal massage, which she claims helped her conceive her second child without conventional fertility treatments. The focused strokes of this therapy aim to shift internal organs back into position–restoring emotional and physical wellbeing, easing digestive issues, and aiding the reproductive system for both men and women.