It's called the million-dollar stretch. After placing both palms on the hip joint, she slides one hand up the back, and the other hand down the leg––a soothing traction that is a favorite among her massage clients. Jasmine Painter has always loved healing, from her first job selling vitamin and essential oils, to today, working as a fully licensed massage therapist. While Sunlight cascades through her studio's peach curtains, client aches surrender to flowing hot stone therapy, Swedish strokes, and deep-tissue pressure.
Bethany relies on a variety of therapeutic modalities to craft custom massages that help clients find relief from pain, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep issues. Her skills include Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, along with trigger point and myofascial release. She works with clients to build the most beneficial massage session, whether that's a reflexology treatment that helps alleviate digestive issues or a sports massage that helps increase range of motion for thumb wrestlers.
Each appointment at Georgetown Acupuncture and Herbs begins with an assessment. This meeting discusses everything from your diet to your exercise routine, but most importantly, it asks you where you're hurting. From there, practitioners turn to the centuries-old tradition of acupuncture, placing hair-thin needles along various points of the body to help with ailments such as back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, and weight gain that isn't just from forgetting to take off your backpack. Every session also includes a hot stone foot bath and back treatment, as well as reflexology, during which the therapist massages "reflex" points that can ease pain and promote relaxation.
Salt Spot has taken halotherapy a long way from its roots as a healing tradition of antiquity. While the ancient Greeks had to journey to dark, subterranean salt mines to take in therapeutic breaths and season their french fries, Salt Spot's patrons reap the benefits of sodium-rich air from the comfort of salt cocoons. From a single tablespoon of pharmaceutical-grade salt, the spa's private pods generate a naturally anti-inflammatory and antifungal mist that seeps through the pores and respiratory systems of its occupant to clarify the skin and ease breathing.
Licensed massage therapist Marie relaxes tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back with her soothing Swedish massages at Exhale Medical Massage and Rehabilitation. This type of massage helps relieve muscle tension with a combination of gliding strokes, firm kneading, and rhythmic tapping. The tranquil environment at Exhale further increases relaxation, allowing clients to leave feeling looser and less stressed.
At Cielo Spa, clients can find relief for everything from stress to headaches and fibromyalgia. Rosalba and Raul Flores?the sister-and-brother team behind the spa?have created a service menu that includes deep-tissue, hot-stone, and trigger-point massage. Additionally, they offer paraffin hand and foot treatments, various facials, and a body scrub crafted from Dead Sea salts and essential oils.