Trained massage therapist Sharon Madison incorporates more than 20 years of experience—including time spent working for the University of Minnesota Athletic Division—into each treatment she performs at Heart and Soul Bodywork. Offering custom massage, energy-work, and spa-detox treatments, she is well versed in myofascial-release, trigger-point, and hot-stone therapies as well as acupressure and reflexology. Madison also brings bodies back into balance with the reinvigorating powers of reiki energy work, and sports massages reduce the pain and swelling athletes may experience after doing arm curls with the Stanley Cup.
Licensed massage therapist Selena Hotchkiss customizes four types of massage to better assuage body aches and relieve stress. She individually tailors Swedish massages, a beginner-friendly modality that uses long strokes and varying pressures, and deep-tissue massages, a form of bodywork that relieves tension in the deeper layers of tissue. Her trigger-point-therapy massages release built-up tension in trigger points, and her sports massages help individuals recover from strains, muscles tears, or dislocated shoulders caused by doing the wave with too much enthusiasm.
While adept at many modalities, prenatal massage is Cody Schniepp’s main area of interest. The licensed massage therapist enjoys helping pregnant women adjust to life changes, be it the pains of child bearing or child rearing. He also performs infant massage, a method he teaches to help strengthen the parent-child bond.
A trio of beauty veterans oversees services at Accolades Salon Spa, making clients feel at ease as a team of experienced stylists, aestheticians, and nail techs performs pampering services inside the Highland Park beauty haven. Stylists improve coifs with precision cuts and straightening treatments using Aveda and Clean Enhanced Organics products. Clients reclining in the spa's private treatment rooms enjoy brow tints, eyelash extensions, and custom massages expertly executed by aestheticians who pack their beauty belts full of seven Arigato skincare products, which are chemical-free and only contain a maximum of four ingredients.
Back on the salon floor, nail techs embellish hands and feet with organic mani-pedis that sheathe fingertips and toes with colorful layers of OPI polishes and CND base- and top coats. Feet wading in the warm waters of a pedi throne basin can take their time as the chair's massage and heat settings melt back muscles into pools of butter. Accolade also provides man-centric services such as hot-towel shaves, as well as advanced cosmetic injections performed by an onsite doctor.
At Massage Heaven, achy muscles and anxious minds receive equal amounts of attention from the hands of experienced massage professionals. Swedish massage helps ease stress with long, fluid strokes, while deep-tissue work, trigger point therapy, and pregnancy massage revert overworked or injured bodies back to their more able selves. Massage Heaven layers aromatherapy onto traditional bodywork and offers lesser-known modalities including ice massage, which dulls pain and reduces one's chance of spontaneous combustion.
One lucky member from The Wellness Center's team of licensed, experienced massage therapists will get to compose a custom fugue symphony of massage techniques ($75) on your battered back, with targeted kneading, connective strokes, and direct muscle-grain pressure. As you bliss out on the table, your therapist will tailor each technique to address any number of ailments, including migraines, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve issues, and common work injuries such as arms frozen in permanent coffee-mug-holding positions. This arsenal of gentle back attacks will relieve pain, reduce stress, and improve the circulation of Pac-Mans in your ghost-infested bloodstream.