For licensed massage therapist Joy Clarkson, healing is more than just kneading away muscle knots. As a 13-year massage-therapy veteran, she's grown to incorporate meditation and sound into her practice at Enjoy Holistic Healing. Sessions may use gongs and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as her voice; this may include chanting, toning, or speaking the phone book very slowly. However, because she tailors these sessions to each individual, she may use as few or as many of these methods during massages, alongside lomilomi, reflexology, and other modalities.
Three months after he graduated from Salter College, licensed therapist Jeff Scott opened Escape Massage Centers in a small office. Knowing better than to despise humble beginnings, Jeff saw his tiny studio as the first step in an ongoing journey. Six months later, he opened a second location, and today he has a total of three outposts?one for each lightning bug that hovers in place to form Orion's belt every night. When Jeff isn't personally mending muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point techniques, he supervises a team of therapists that expands on his primary modalities with hot-stone, pregnancy, and couples massage. In addition to building his own practice, Jeff has taught at his alma mater and earned certification in the myoskeletal alignment techniques developed by Erik Dalton. Dalton considers the myofascial and skeletal systems as inseparable as a tongue and a frozen flagpole.
Elements of Massage & Integrated Therapy’s experienced massage therapists loosen uptight muscles, utilizing a diverse repertoire of massage techniques to restore worn-out soul sacks to radiance. Inside the tranquil studio flooded with natural light, visitors recline on plush padded massage tables and unwind during a one-hour massage in their chosen style. A Swedish massage ($50–$65) takes aim at sky-high stress levels and achy muscles, employing gentle strokes to loosen up limbs, and deep-tissue massage ($50–$65) manipulates sore sinews with the unhurried and persistent pressure of rush-hour traffic with a much more desirable result. A sports massage ($50–$65) enhances athletic performance and speeds along recovery by promoting circulation, relaxing over-worked physiques, and limbering limbs for the next marathon or grueling chess-to-the-death match. Bamboo-fusion massage ($75) incorporates warmed shoots, rattan tools, and sensational essential-oil blends in careful rhythmic strokes, and a hot-stone session ($85) rubs comfortably warm, rounded rocks over the body for a stress-melting experience. After a corporeal rejuvenation, freshly limbered visitors collect a gift basket (a $45 value) stuffed full of bath salts, lotions, shower gels, and body scrubs ideal for a home spa day or treating the bathtub to a well-deserved solo soak.
Caroline Harris has always been fascinated by the relationship between mind, body, and spirit—a relationship she's forged through her experiences as a professional dancer and psychology student. She strives to heal all three facets with her deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai massages. As she kneads out mental and corporeal aches and stresses, her nimble hands also help to increase circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, and improve range of motion.
James Hopgood knows that not everybody requires the same type of massage. That?s why the licensed massage therapist draws upon myriad modalities?from slower Swedish strokes to intensive trigger-point release?to craft custom sessions at Kneading Ways Massage. Inside his space at Nature's Haven Wellness Center & Spa, James diligently relieves his clients of chronic pain and anxiety, while simultaneously strengthening their immune systems and improving circulation. He even conducts sports massages, which ready athletes of all ages for the big game or help baseball players recover from particularly strenuous bunts.
Walking through the minimal, dimly lit interiors of Invidia Salon and Spa may feel like walking through a dream. Ultramodern floral wall sconces and chandeliers fashioned from branches illuminate hardwood-floored hallways that split off into dark rooms filled with plush couches. In the central hall, studio lights cast dramatic beams onto swiveling salon chairs positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, each aligned in two rows flanking a central stone fireplace.
Here in the multimillion dollar 10,000-square-foot facility, stylists sculpt new ’dos and colorists add hues to locks. Aestheticians smooth skin with customizable facials rich in vitamins and natural extracts, and laser technicians boost collagen with LED light therapy and laser facials.
In private spa rooms, equipped with fireplaces and temperature-controlled beds, therapists imbue a sense of calm with massages and Reiki. In the Vichy shower, clients treated with mud or fruit body wraps recline on a cushioned bed while multiple showerheads work to clean their skin.