Gauzy curtains line the path to the cream-colored room where licensed massage therapist Chelsea Oglesby kneads skin and soothes aches. During her Signature massage, Oglesby applies organic lotions and essential oils, calibrating the depth of the massage to suit the pains that her client reports. Hot stones and steaming towels send warmth into muscles, encouraging knots to untie themselves without enlisting the help of a rugged mariner. Clients can also soothe stressed feet with the Sweet Treat, which includes a hot soak and a salt-and-sugar scrub.
Deep-seated stresses dissipate at the hands of Limback Wellness Center's certified massage therapists. The center specializes in hot-stone and hot-towel massages, which employ penetrating heat and soothing circular motions to boost circulation, oxygenate muscles, and alleviate the lingering stiffness that comes from serving as the spring festival’s Maypole. Aside from their popular heated modalities, the team of male and female massage therapists treats clients to gentle relaxation massages and more focused deep-tissue work.
Karma: A Relaxation Spa believes in the restorative power of relaxation, administered by a skilled staff of therapists and care-bringers. Toxic-toed clients may wish to opt for a Minx pedicure, which begins with a thorough filing, trimming, and shaping of toenails and cuticles before feet are exfoliated to remove dirt and candy wrappers clogging pores. Individual Minx nails are then applied to each finger in your choice of fashionable colors and patterns, with a massage of the feet and legs rubbing stress from the rainbow-bright bike peddlers.
Before gently kneading tense musculature, Natural Touch Massage’s licensed massage therapist, Stuart Blystone, consults with relaxers in a warm, private room to determine any health problems and areas that need extra coddling. Stuart’s soothing hands then get to work, stretching and loosening taught tendon knots and chipping away at excess tightness with varying amounts of pressure. As oiled muscles turn to butter, patrons may begin to experience benefits such as increased circulation, greater flexibility, and relief from backaches and pains. Guests can drift off to the sounds of soft music playing in the cozy room and enter new heights of relaxation as stress related to work, school, and repeated attempts to become the World’s Least Stressed Human quickly evaporate.
After massage helped him beat physical challenges, Steve found his calling as a licensed massage therapist. Today, alongside other qualified staff, he works from inside Limback Wellness Center, where he shares the healing benefits of massage, using his nimble hands to alleviate chronic tension, improve range of motion, and assist clients in recovering from injuries.
Aquarium maintenance might seem like a strange background for an expert in neuromuscular therapy and deep-tissue massage, but that's exactly how massage therapist Lynne Luckow got her start. She decided to change careers after reading about the health benefits of massage and went on to study anatomy, physiology, and medical massage at Aesthetics University. She opened Healing Hands Therapy Center in 1993 and continued her training with renowned professionals in the field of alternative medicine. Eventually, she grew her practice to the point where she was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, roughly the amount of time it takes to give a full-body massage to a really big whale. Luckow knew it was time to expand: the center is now home to eight highly trained massage therapists, who earned it nominations in CityVoter's Best Massage category in 2011.
In addition to performing massages, Luckow promotes physical and emotional healing with Ayurvedic counseling and meditation. She has further rounded out her team with licensed acupuncturist Brenda Sherman, who holds a Master of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine.