Stacy McMullen’s goal is simple: to get her clients to relax and unwind. But on her way to accomplishing that goal, she’s done anything but sit back and relax herself. Her credentials are as diverse as her energy is unflappable; aside from being a certified orthopedic and sports massage therapist, she’s also a Pilates instructor, a nationally registered paramedic, and a current fire academy student.
These areas of her expertise culminate inside of Stacy McMullen Studios, where Stacy and her staff offer massage, facials, aromatherapy salt glow body treatments, and integrated movement exercise Pilates. Otherwise known as IM=XPilates, this fitness regimen combines Pilates with strength and cardio training, yoga, and a ballet bar to provide a comprehensive fitness regimen that helps with posture and movement patterns.
No two treatments performed at NoCo Massage are the same. Every time someone lays down on the table, the massage therapist hones in on the specific muscles that are vexing that client. The therapist kicks off the pampering by chatting with guests and drawing up a customized kneading plan that draws on a wide range of modalities. Swedish techniques dole out gentle all-over pressure with long, flowing strokes. At the other end of the pressure spectrum, deep-tissue massage and shiatsu burrow down into muscle structures in localized areas to root out knots and pieces of swallowed chewing gum. To amp up the endorphins, NoCo kicks in a helping of hot basalt stones or essential oils at no extra charge.
After becoming a certified medical assistant in 1989, Terri Eggert worked in the medical field for the next 16 or so years until she decided to mix things up a bit. Combining her love of helping others with her independent spirit—she has traveled all over the world and once biked across Mars—she decided to start her own massage therapy business. Today, she utilizes more than seven years of massage experience when assuaging muscles with prenatal massage, relieving tension with deep-tissue massage, or promoting a healthy energy flow with reiki techniques. Along with massage, Terri offers doula services for expecting mothers, ear-candling treatments, and all-natural healing products.
True Therapy Massage's head therapist Kerri Gaffney has two certifications under her belt: one for massage therapy and another for yoga. For?the former, she draws from a variety of modalities, including deep-tissue and reflexology, in order to properly target each client's specific trouble spots. She uses hot stones in every session, which release muscular tension more effectively than sleeping on a waterbed filled with soup. She also incorporates yoga postures and stretches in some sessions and leads one-on-one yoga sessions to ensure proper practice.
Rising Lotus Yoga and Massage’s experienced instructors guide students from all walks of life during daily Vinyasa yoga classes to help build strength, flexibility, and tranquility. To help each pupil grow, teachers dispense personalized feedback while walking groups through poses and breathing exercises in a vibrant, dance-like flow. Students of all skill levels, including new students and those recovering from injuries, follow along with instructors, getting pose modifications to make each movement accessible and understandable.
Friday-night flows summon a spirit of giving as Rising Lotus Yoga partners with local charities to donate all of the proceeds to charity. Filled with gentle stretches and easy-to-follow poses, prenatal and restorative classes pepper the schedule with alternatives to athletic Vinyasa sessions. To complement the slate of yoga classes, the studio’s owner, massage therapist Amanda Workman-Lutter, relaxes muscles and treats pain with a variety of massage modalities.
With the pollution, bacteria, pollen, and flu bugs floating through the air at any given moment, the human body is under constant attack. Deep Blue Massage gives bodies the tools to fight back against those attackers with a variety of purifying and detoxifying therapies. Take halotherapy, for instance. Inside a cocoon-shaped tank, the therapy's constant stream of salt aerosol washes over the body and into the lungs, killing bacteria and fungi on the skin and mucous membranes. For full-body purification, there's the ion cleanse, a footbath that purges clients' systems of environmental toxins in a mere 30 minutes to help relieve a number of ailments.
Beyond detoxifying, therapists also treat patients with massages, tailoring deep-tissue and hot-stone techniques to soothe muscles. Deep-tissue laser therapy is another specialty; laser beams send heated energy into the body to relieve pain and probably also impart superpowers.