Signature Service: Deep-tissue massage
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: All ages welcome; under 18 must be accompanied by parent.
Kasandra Lambert and Kei Huynh, the husband-and-wife team behind Live Well(ness) LLC, make their living with their hands. They're both trained massage therapists, and chronic pain stands little chance against their various techniques.
Kasandra specializes in deep-tissue and prenatal massage, easing away tension and helping expectant mothers cope with the physical demands of pregnancy. Kei, on the other hand, is a master of the assisted, yoga-like stretches of Thai massage. Though their techniques differ, the couple shares a common goal. "We see a lot of relief around here," says Kasandra. "People ... come in and seem very negative, but leave positive and refreshed."
Jeff Haskins understands stress. In addition to playing college football, he worked in a prosecutor's office, as a stockbroker, and as a stock market regulatory investigator before deciding to pursue a more tranquil path that allowed him to ease the stress in others. He established Relaxation Station Massage & Bodywork in 2006, where he continues to calm overly talkative nerves with an array of specialized massage modalities.
Since virtually every treatment is customized to his client's needs, Jeff begins each massage with a brief consultation to understand how they hope to feel by the end. Using this information, he targets knotted muscles with a combination of flowing strokes, rocking motions, and focused pressure intended to ease physical and mental tension. These techniques reinvigorate recipients by boosting circulation to the treated areas, increasing joint flexibility, and helping the body naturally heal any damaged tissue.
Licensed massage therapist Cristi Page is passionate about helping her clients relax, manage pain, and heal. She specializes in deep-tissue massage, which uses deep kneading to help relieve chronic, long-held stress in the body. Her Swedish massages also help release tension as well as improve circulation, using a combination of lotions or oils and a variety of rolling, kneading, and percussion strokes.
At Escape Massage Therapy, licensed massage therapist Shawnee Moody has made it her mission to help ease the pain of others. Inside her tranquil studio, Moody promotes relaxation during stress-relieving Swedish massages and eases the leg and lower back pains associated with pregnancy during pre-natal massages. And, to help rid the body of deep, persistent pain, she also administers deep tissue massages, which are ideal for athletes or moms who can't keep their kids away from cracked sidewalks.
Katie Stiles is a licensed massage therapist who specializes primarily in therapeutic massage. She's particularly adept at working with clients who have suffered injuries or struggle with chronic pain and muscle tension, and to that end she offers deep-tissue, sports, and hot-stone massages to relieve discomfort. If clients are under a physician's care, Katie can work directly with their doctor to formulate a treatment plan that addresses the areas of concern. And though Katie's specialty is pain management, she also offers Swedish and aromatherapy massages, which are focused more on easing the stress and general tension that come from the daily grind and the nightly battle with a snoring goldfish. In addition to helping her clients, Katie's committed to helping charities too?she donates 5% of the proceeds from every massage to the American Cancer Society.