Michael Olin studied massage at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a school that takes a broad view of the subject. At his alma mater, Michael learned seven different modalities, which he now puts to use for his clients at Olin Heal Spa. He relieves stress and promotes blood flow with the gentle strokes of Swedish massage, or drills deep to relieve chronic tension or pain with deep tissue or trigger point therapy. Perhaps most unusually, he practices tui na, the principle form of Chinese medical massage. For this particular modality, he incorporates assisted stretching into his regular, hand-based massage techniques, with the goal of evening out the flow of energy through the body so that no particular organ gets an unfair electricity bill.
Bichelle Harrison, CMT, of The IT Girl Massage Therapy, eases stress and other aches and pains with an array of massage techniques. She attended the Steiner Training Academy in London and cut her teeth massaging thousands of guests on Celebrity Cruise Line. With a sense of relaxation worthy of a cruise, she can perform Swedish and deep-tissue massages using light to firm pressure. Or, she can employ hot lava stones or heated poultices with therapeutic herbs to stimulate and manipulate the muscles as well as a psychiatrist manipulates his dog into doing the chores. Bichelle also makes reflexology massages available to stimulate blood flow by focusing on the pressure points of the feet.
City Acupuncture’s master herbalists and acupuncturists—all of whom hold master's degrees in traditional Oriental medicine—calmly administer a range of holistic treatments.
During acupuncture sessions, the specialists invite clients to unwind on heated massage tables before lying down on fresh white linen treatment beds. With great care, the acupuncturists then begin to insert disposable needles along the limbs and torso in an effort to alleviate issues such as addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and needle-related phobias. The center’s staff also promotes whole-body well-being by administering nutritional and herbal consultations in addition to full-line of massage services.
At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
At Jersey City Dental Spa, every trip to the dentist is a relaxing affair. To help put visitors at ease, Drs. Daniel Suh and Yohan Kim play soothing music in every room while patients recline in German-engineered dental chairs designed to provide comfort and support. Additionally, the staff keeps appointments brisk and efficient by using cutting-edge diagnostic technology such as digital x-rays and a 3D scanner. The office also doubles as a full-service spa, where massage therapists ease sore muscles and aestheticians carry out everything from revitalizing facials to eyelash extensions and leg waxing to remove unwanted eyelashes.
From 1997 to 2014, Mpower Bodywork was known as Massage America, a company that specialized in on-site massages for corporate clients. But over those 17 years, the business continually re-shaped itself, gradually evolving into a practice that offered much more than massage. Today, while almost ten different modalities?among them Swedish, craniosacral, Thai, and prenatal?still comprise its massage canon, the clinic's services include a variety of bodywork therapies, including acupuncture and chiropractic care, all aimed at helping clients function at their physical, mental, and spiritual best. Additional offerings such as nutrition counseling and yoga sessions help guests adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle and develop a closer relationship with their toes, while aesthetic services like facials help improve skin health, which can lead to increased confidence.