While attending the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences, Sarah Trueb studied ancient methods that stretch back nearly 4,000 years. After graduation, she opened Customized Massage Therapy, LLC, where she eases ailments with stretches, strengthening exercises, and ergonomic products that help make sitting at a desk and sleeping on a bed of nails more comfortable. This nationally board-certified medical massage therapist gained membership with the American Medical Massage Association and enhanced her repertoire of services by studying prenatal and infancy massage.
During a visit to Dane Porter Massage, the licensed massage therapist's hands rhythmically cascade down clients' spins, undoing painful knots and setting tension free along the way. Dane Porter makes his living helping others relax, unwind, and experience the comfort associated with a pain-free musculoskeletal structure. When he isn't plying his hands at calming Swedish massages, he's generally using techniques like trigger point therapy and deep-tissue massage, both of which can help accelerate healing, increase circulation, and—unlike taking a job as a local landmark—improve mobility.
Lesley Neeley was in pain. Despite a rich family life, a meditative yoga practice, and a career as a certified massage therapist, inexplicable aches and fatigue racked her body with ever-increasing frequency and intensity. Her story chronicles six years of affliction and misdiagnosed depression, all of which finally led to her true diagnosis: fibromyalgia.
Now that she has battled the disorder herself, Lesley brings an uncommon empathy to her practice at Living Better Therapeutics, where she helps others cope with pain through her massage services and promotes education about fibromyalgia through presentations, workshops, and support groups. Lesley also supplements her already formidable education with continuing courses on craniosacral therapy, reiki, and Hatha yoga. When she isn?t healing muscles within the serene confines of her own private treatment room, she can travel to clients for an additional fee to soothe their aches amid the comforts of their own homes or batcaves.
In every private tanning room at Sun Spot, a shelf and hangers ensconce clothes and satchels. Shoes flop to the floor next to comfortable seating, slipping from the feet of patrons adjusting the volume on personal AM/FM stereos-CD players before the UV bed coaxes out melanin. The UV beds range across six levels of tanning power and sport adjustable body fans so guests can stay cool or find an excuse to redesign the north wing of a house of cards. A parade of clients wanders from VersaSpa booths, which darken skin with a bronzing elixir infused with custom color and moisturizer designed to hide the effects of aging. Slipping out past swaying bamboo plants, visitors pass beneath infrared slimming machines and glass shelves that brim with a rainbow of sun-luring lotions from Norvell and Devoted Creations.
Aestheticians at SkinFixSpa wield Image Skincare products to cleanse complexions and protect them from environmental damage and signs of aging. They use organic botanical ingredients, essential oils, and the bottled coos of doves to lend a therapeutic punch to seven resurfacing peels and four traditional facial options. They work closely with each client during a complimentary skin analysis to customize each treatment. Their experience with two massage modalities allows them to ease away tension with classic Western and Asian massage strokes.
Although Michelle White earned certifications at Honors Beauty College that showcase her deft, gentle hands, the massages and facials she delivers at Chez Michelle Skin Spa also incorporate the healing power contained within her arsenal of supplementary tools. The licensed massage therapist?s repertoire of therapeutic strokes and stretches benefits from her understanding of SASTM therapy, which detoxifies bodies with the combined might of modern sonic technology and ancient Chinese cupping techniques. After a quick skin analysis, White uses the results of her research to craft custom facials with Jan-Marini-Skin-Research products, treating blemishes with ingredients like hyalronic acid?a healing agent that abounds in youthful skin. White?s Palomar IPL lasers promote cellular rejuvenation and nix unwanted hair, and her mechanical exfoliators help buff away Sharpie mustaches the hair was there to cover up.