Lorraine Cannatta has always had a healing touch. As a child, she helped her neighbor care for stray and injured farm animals; as a teenager, she applied those same skills to assisting her baby brother, who was born with breathing problems. After studying to become a certified surgical technician, she spent 18 years as part of a surgical team. Today, Lorraine draws upon these experiences and her extensive credentials to provide holistic wellness services at Five Elements Healing Center.
Licensed massage therapists reduce client anxiety and chronic pain. Ayurvedic consultations balance mind and body using a mixture of healthy meal plans, breathing techniques, yoga postures, and herbal remedies, and yoga classes for all fitness levels emphasize gentle movements and breathing techniques. Breathing patterns also are an essential part of the center’s empty-bowl meditations, in which participants sit with their palms up and open, similar to empty bowls. For clients seeking spiritual guidance, Five Elements offers counseling and intuitive readings.
The certified massage therapists at Calming Hands Massage LLC understand that everyone's body is different. That's why every session starts with a chat about client-specific aches. From there, therapists Oriana and Sidney draw up tailor-made blueprints that fall within the broader categories of Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, and reflexology massages. Though the treatments differ, the overarching goal is to oust stress and help relieve chronic aches and pains. Located inside an elegant, white manor, even the spa building itself aims to put folks at ease.
Heart in Hand carve out an oasis protected from the outside world where clients surrender their stresses and pains to the hands of the licensed massage therapists. The staff customizes each services according to their clients' needs by incorporating a variety of modalities. These include Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage, and can accommodate everything from general tension to injury and chronic pain.
Hands that Heal Massage Therapy's Cheri Ann Garet is a nationally certified massage therapist and reiki master teacher and uses this double expertise to train minds and muscles to release tension in tandem. Swedish massages teem with rolling motions and long, smooth strokes, and deep-tissue massages melt knots from the muscles' innermost layers, easing the chronic pain associated with sciatica and migraine headaches. Candlelight, aromatherapy, and soothing music infuse reiki sessions, as Cheri gently places her hands on the body to transfer energy inward, a practice believed to promote healing for three to seven days or longer for patients who remember to unplug their circulatory system when not in use.
Products by brands such as Pharmagel, Aquage, Sexy Hair, Moroccanoil, Vavoom, and Essentials jump into clients' hair and hands at Lakeside Hair Boutique and Day Spa. That's because the stylists use them during hair services, but also make them available for sale in the boutique. It's not just high-end products that refresh guests, though. It's also the facials, hair extensions that last up to one year, soothing massages, and luxurious manicures and pedicures. So, in addition to stylists who re-imagine hair-scapes by using Japanese hair-straightening techniques, nail technicians host clients in cozy black leather thrones during mani-pedis. The latter might involve shiny shellac gels that last for up to two weeks without chipping or fading. Elsewhere—in private rooms—massage therapists work away knots and pent-up stress. Their methods include specialized Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone, and aromatherapy massages, as well as just playing a tambourine on your back.
Though massage therapist Melanie helps her patients find peace and calm on top of a massage table, she finds her own on the peaks of Nepalese mountains. She travels worldwide—her next trip is to Colombia to learn healing rituals directly from Lakota tribes—to find the enlightenment she needs to share with others. Her signature massage style is reiki, which she works into her other modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue. She also incorporates aromatherapy oils into her sessions, such as invigorating blood orange and cajeput, which soothes sore muscles after taxing activity, like lifting dumbbells or catching a glimpse of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a swimsuit.