Licensed massage therapists Marielle Shoffstall and Vincent Cicchetti join forces under the guise of Therapy Touch Massage, where they focus on treatments that assuage stress and reduce pain. Their soothing repertoire includes a signature custom massage, gentle Swedish strokes, and a more intense deep-tissue massage that targets buried aches. They also relieve mommies-to-be with prenatal treatments, which work to alleviate common maternity issues such as stiff necks, back pain, and the inability to hula-hoop. A variety of Spaaahh Therapies can enhance each treatment with pressure-point reflexology or hot-stone-and-bamboo fusion.
Jennifer Stephens massages muscles and pampers skin with homemade products blended from fresh produce, local honey, and therapeutic clays. The products she uses are important to her, because her goal is to help clients escape from stress without having to rely on drugs or create their own sprawling fantasy universe. She is trained in an array of bodywork modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology.
On the surface, Couture Skin is a spa. Its elegant decor and equally decadent selection of services justify its use of the word couture in its moniker. But digging deeper, one finds that the spa’s elegance extends beyond standard spa fare. Its shelves carry a wide range of skincare products, boutique items, and gifts available for purchase. The staff can even take their skills on the road for private skincare parties or open its doors for private party packages for kids, adults, and any mannequins who want a day off the sales floor.
Equipped with their own lotions, candles, and massage table, licensed massage therapists performs therapeutic bodywork in the privacy of their clients’ homes. While soothing music plays in the background, they soothe muscles with flowing Swedish strokes or firmer pressures that access lower muscle layers and connective tissues. Aside from traditional massage modalities, they also offer seasonal treatments such as pumpkin scrubs and massages that sub out lotion for warm Thanksgiving gravy.
One way to fake a day at the beach is to fill the bathtub with sea turtles. Another, far easier way is to call licensed massage therapist Jamie O'Neill. She’s completely mobile. In the comfort of the client’s own living room, Jamie can pair Swedish strokes or deep-tissue pressure with beachy add-ons such as salt scrubs, heated lava shells, and coconut-lime foot treatments. What’s more, each bodywork session includes a complimentary glass of bubbly and soothing aromatherapy.
Muscular System: The Meat of the Matter
The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment?and the stresses of physical work?play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon?s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They?re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness?a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn?t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body?s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the