You can opt for a traditional massage at CMG Wellness if you'd like, but first take a look at the service menu. It might just convince you that hot lava shells are good for what ails. The shells, heated and filled with herbs, and supplemented by the guided pressure of a massage therapist's hands, help coax tightness from the muscles and ease pain associated with tension or injury. Or perhaps the bamboo stalks will tempt you with their stress-deflating strength. Therapists trade in their hands for firm bamboo stalks whose firmness is utilized to ease knots from the muscles and get clients feeling as loose as a prizefighter's tooth after the final round.
CMG offers many such exotic treatments?in addition to the aforementioned massages, clients can opt for ancient and time-tested treatments like cupping and gua sha. CMG is led by Chanti Lowenberg, a licensed massage therapist who found her calling early in life when she used massage to ease her mother's chronic pain. Chanti became licensed and now offers a slate of traditional and exotic treatments all designed to bolster well-being and help clients overcome physical and emotional stress.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and hair-removal services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
The certified therapists behind Escape Massage knead away curmudgeonly knots seven days a week inside 10 private and two couples massage rooms. Three-inch high-density foam massage tables cushion bodies while warm waves of heat fend off goose bumps as they disperse through fitted cotton-flannel sheets and quiet heaters. After therapists dim the wall sconces, they manipulate sinews with Swedish massage techniques, and optional deep-tissue, aromatherapeutic, and hot-stone techniques, concluding each session with hot towels upon request. Escape Massage also provides prenatal massage tables, which come with specially designed padding and pillows that allow moms-to-be to lay face-down and solicit parenting advice from Mother Earth. Escape Massage is open 7 days a week.
James River's certified massage therapists specialize in a variety of mind-melting modalities. A Swedish massage employs Switzerland's noteworthy tension-easing techniques to manage stress-induced muscle maladies. Athletes who demand dramatic, tear-jerking performances from their bodies can opt for a deep-tissue massage, which increases circulation and expedites recovery from general physical wear and tear. The orthopedic massage is an injury-specific session that targets trauma in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, while its neuromuscular cousin focuses on overall healing and wellness. See detailed descriptions of massage services on James River Massage Therapy's website.
Named Best Chiropractor by Style Weekly, Advanced Wellness Centre’s spine whisperers coax errant discs and uncooperative vertebrae back into proper alignment, fighting poor posture and pain. The first visit includes a comprehensive chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurologic exam and a set of x-rays, if necessary, to unveil misshapen spines or inter-rib bunny ears, as well as a detailed muscle analysis. Patients then return for a soothing second session that includes a 60-minute chiropractic massage, when a certified therapist will expertly remove knots from muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands. Post-pampering, clients meet with a health care provider to discuss the previous visit’s test results and chart a course of frame-correcting care.
Not simply focused on relaxation, deep-tissue massage seeks to relieve muscle pain through intense, deliberate strokes. Check out our guide to know what to expect.
Some entanglements have simple solutions: a wrinkled tablecloth can be smoothed out in minutes with an iron, and an unruly mess of hair needs only a tube of superglue to be set straight forever. But when the fascia?the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body?s muscles and bones?gets tied up in knots, it?s time to call in an expert.
?What deep-tissue massage purports to do a lot of the time is mild fascial release, which is kind of warming up the fascia and releasing lactic acid and any other toxins that have built up there,? says Katie O?Reilly, associate editor for DaySpa magazine. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers and relieve pain and tension. More intense than Swedish massage, deep-tissue sessions can last up to 90 minutes, ensuring the therapist has enough time to devote to particularly troublesome trigger points.
Conventional wisdom states that a proper deep-tissue massage should be at least a little painful. This ?no pain, no gain? mentality, however, doesn't totally apply?a massage, no matter how intense, should still be relaxing, and O'Reilly notes, "If you?re getting beat up during the massage, you should probably tell the therapist to rein it in a little bit." Maintaining an open line of communication with your therapist is important for other reasons as well. He or she needs to know about your health history before administering the treatment, as the intensity of deep-tissue strokes may exacerbate certain medical conditions.