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Each massage therapist at Massage Works averages more than seven years of experience, which they draw upon to assuage muscles, knead away tension, and lower blood pressure. Massage styles range from hot-stone massage, which uses warm basaltic river rocks to soothe aching joins and induce relaxation, to sports massage, which helps athletes recover from injuries, hard workouts, and long periods spent sitting perfectly still on cereal boxes. Other wellness services include paraffin hand treatments and myofascial release, each aimed at helping bodies feel healthy, happy, and free of stress.
While some people know what career they want to pursue from very early on, others need a clear sign to set them on the right path. For Rosemary Mezera, that sign came in the form of a car accident. After visiting a massage therapist to treat the injuries she suffered from the impact, Rosemary woke up the next morning feeling rejuvenated. She decided to become a licensed massage therapist so she could share this healing method with others who were experiencing pain from trauma or being exposed to math. She practices a range of modalities including Swedish and deep-tissue massages, relaxing hot-stone treatments, and prenatal massage. Dedicated to ongoing education, Rosemary also studies reiki and is currently a level two practitioner.
In 2004, Rhonda Larkins underwent a lumbar laminectomy to fix a herniated disc, an injury she obtained while working as a package handler. Even after the surgery, she was left with pain and a lingering numbness in her left leg. Though physical therapy helped, she noticed that she felt particularly good after getting a massage. This observation led her to study Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy—a type of massage in which the practitioner uses bare feet to deliver flowing, effleurage strokes—under the practice’s founder, Ruthie Piper Hardee. Rhonda is currently on the mastery level of this modality.
At Prolong Symmetry, Rhonda and her team of licensed massage therapists specialize in more than 10 types of massage. Services range from more traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages to Hawaiian lomi-lomi, an ancient healing practice during which therapists stimulate the body’s pressure points with their thumbs, elbows, and thoughts on early Dada filmmaking.
Studio Valentine offers hair, nail, skin, and massage services in a charming and inviting space. Hairstylists provide deft cuts, coloring, and updos, and skincare specialists administer nourishing facials. Clients can spruce up with a makeup application or a mani-pedi, and then wind down with a deep-tissue massage to ease muscle soreness and relieve stress. The quaint, cottage-style salon is a warm retreat where all stylists, driven by fashion savvy and a desire to please, give their utmost attention to clients.
A graduate of the St. Charles School of Massage Therapy, Cheryl Billman of Body Kneads pairs a scholastic knowledge of anatomy with an empathic concern for her patrons’ health and wellness. With a variety of massage modalities on her resume—Swedish, hot-stone, reflexology, and sports massage, to name a few—the licensed therapist calls upon vast reservoirs of experience to tailor sessions to individual needs. While patrons recline on a massage table, soft music subdues stressful thoughts and aromatic whiffs of essential oils and steamy chicken soup alternate with exhalations of stress.