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.
Massage therapist Kristen Van Doren has worked in a variety of spaces including hospitals, chiropractic offices, yoga centers, and luxurious spas. Visitors to White Lotus Massage, her tranquil practice that overlooks Hager Pond, benefit from every aspect of that experience. Deep-tissue kneads target recurrent pains, whereas relaxation massages sweep away tension or stress from dreams in which the client was a game-show contestant. Kristen focuses on the back and shoulders as well as the calves and feet and incorporates pampering details such as lavender-scented hot towels and relaxing music. She's also well versed in energy work, and can add reiki or crystals to treatments.
Pamela Collura studied her craft at the Galen Institute School of Medical Massage and spent five years sharpening her skills before opening A Therapeutic Touch. Now, with more than a decade of experience and a range of modalities such as Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massage, she can defeat poor circulation, joint pain, and stress while wearing nary a piece of armor. She also dabbles in Eastern techniques, such as ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, cupping, and reiki. When she isn't busy with massages, Pamela envelops clients in warm organic detox body wraps featuring a seaweed gel and cellulite cream.
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.
Signature Service: Massage, reiki, and cranial-sacral therapy
Brands Used: Organic jojoba oil?an absorbent, non-greasy plant product
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
The beauty pros at Polished Day Spa make multitasking look easy with their signature fassage. A facial and massage in one, the fassage begins with a Swedish back and leg rub and finishes with a skin-cleansing facial that includes a face, neck, shoulders, hand, and foot massage. They also go ? la carte, divvying up the services into 30-, 60-, or 90-minute massages or visage-rejuvenating ministrations, such as microdermabrasions, peels, or facials that use Keyano Aromatics products. Keeping appendages appeased, manicurists groom hands and feet during mani-pedis and estheticians remove unwanted hair using french green azulene wax.