Bodywork Therapies aligns its medical massages with what they call the "Whole-Athlete Model." This philosophy goes by the idea that the body is a complex system of elements all working in tandem, and that a disruption to any part, no matter how small, means a disruption to the whole. These elements can be physical, emotional, and even social, and so the therapists here have devised a signature massage that addressees all aspects simultaneously with a combination of neuromuscular and deep-tissue techniques with acupressure. And therapists can tailor each session to meet the specific demands of the client, whether they are experiencing a sore back, worried mind, creaky elbow, or stoic funny bone. They also perform pain management techniques that clients can use to keep their body in balance even when they're off the massage table.
Lavender Medical & Beauty Spa is a comprehensive nexus of beauty and well-being where facials, massage, and injectables meet nail- and haircare. Spray tanning and teeth whitening ensure that no cosmetic stone is left unturned, and specialty services introduce bodies to ancient, oft unheard-of treatments, such as a Russian banya—a detoxifying, herb-infused sauna designed to open the pores and their mail while ridding bodies of excess salt and lactic acid. Sound-therapy pedicure chairs use a vibrational flow of music to massage backs and lull tired tendons to sleep as whirlpools maintained according to strict hygiene policies swaddle and soften hard-working feet.
Stephanie Maner transitioned to the med-spa world after working with kids suffering from critical skin ailments at the Children?s Hospital in Denver. Armed with high-tech equipment, Stephanie designs custom skin treatments that range from facials and chemical peels to scar-removal sessions. Stephanie also performs microdermabrasion treatments to help treat fine lines and leave skin as smooth as the bald head of the figure on a bowling trophy, and the facility hosts acupuncture treatments and yoga classes.
Symmetry Therapeutic Massage Spa sprang from the dream of two friends and fellow massage therapists who sought to demonstrate that massage could be used to better physical health. They started small, with a one-room office behind a Pilates studio. Soon, however, they found themselves juggling more appointments than they could handle. Just two years later, they moved into a sprawling new sports-partnered studio, creating a new source of relief for athletes whose massages previously consisted of lying in the middle of the turf during a game.
Today, Symmetry's founding pair leads 30 other licensed therapists, each with her own unique background and specialty. These practitioners treat clients with more than a dozen massage modalities, including neuromuscular massage, which relies on static pressure to relieve area-specific pain, and Thai Yoga. Services such as soothing steam therapy and invigorating dry body-brushing augment the offerings.
During the studio's semi-private workshops, including couples' workshops, the therapists teach clients how to perform their massage techniques at home. This allows clients to connect with their partners during couples massages whenever they have some private time at home or a long wait in a grocery-store line together.
Muscles that aren't properly cared for tend to lash out through strains, spasms, and passive-aggressive text messages. That's where Allie Haft comes in. As a massage therapist with more than a decade of experience, she has a sixth sense for putting together treatment plans tailored to individual muscular needs. Clients often come to her for simple hot-stone therapy or for blended massages that combine Swedish strokes, Thai yoga stretching, and deep-tissue pressure. Anyone with muscle sensitivity may instead opt for a reiki session to help unblock energy channels and stimulate immunity.
Terri Oviedo grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she cultivated a passion for holistic healing?a pastime that helped her get through cancer and helps her manage her diabetes. Massage aided her recovery, and so upon moving to Colorado she studied sports and deep-tissue massage at the Denver School of Massage Therapy. Now as a licensed massage therapist, Terri wields more than 10 modalities in her tool belt, such as hydrotherapy and shiatsu. She offers Brazilian toe massage, which soothes six meridians that connect organs like the invisible strings that still connect us to our mothers. Terri also helps veterans find relaxation and peace by offering her services to them at a reduced rate.