The words massage therapist, masseuse, and bodyworker are synonymous, though the professionals in these fields are often vastly different. This makes it difficult for a customer to know exactly what their massage will consist of before they go in. Owner Peter Pawlowski, Brianna Laferriere, and the other professionals at The Bodyworker hope to clear this confusion by redefining their namesake and creating a new discipline, one that specializes in the diagnosis and elimination of pain using high-tech equipment and a blend of therapeutic techniques. During 15-minute consultations at the facility, bodyworkers use state-of-the-art computer imaging to show clients three-dimensional images of the human anatomy and better understand pain points. During sessions, structural and trigger-point therapies work together to address muscular imbalances, which the therapist tailors to ease chronic pain and pent-up stresses. The bodyworkers' specialized training also allows them to know when to refer patients with more severe conditions to the proper specialist, whether it's a physical therapist, orthopedist, or hokey-pokey expert.
Since art appreciation often requires people to crane their necks to view paintings from a different angle, trips to a gallery don’t usually benefit the spine. But clients don’t come to Ambiente Gallerie just to explore art and its unique design. They come to improve their wellness and enjoy chiropractic care from Doctor of Chiropractic Kari Boudreau. She draws from 14 years of experience to help her clients find relief from nagging health conditions in a modern space designed to engage the mind.
Inside a 100-year-old warehouse space, Dr. Boudreau worked with accomplished architect Ali Heshmati to design a stimulating environment that serves as both an escape and gathering space. Walls of stretched fabric form private treatment areas and can be raised to reveal room to mingle for gallery shows or a new car for studio audiences. Curved boomerang doors bar the way to permanent massage rooms with a clouded material that adds to the practice's intriguing aesthetic.
The skilled massage therapists at haracenter provide a variety of massage, bodywork, and integrated healing treatments in a soothing spa environment. Co-owners Tove Borgendale and Zach Potchinsky and their staff stay up-to-date on new therapies through a combination of continued education and sprinkling shredded massage textbooks on their cereal each morning. Summon their skills for a Swedish massage that will knead and stretch sore spots, alleviating muscular tension and pain, or a deep-tissue and trigger-point massage that targets knots strung along muscle fibers. A 60-minute sports massage helps limping dead lifters recover from ill-advised sumo-wrestler lifts. Pregnant women looking to ease mental and physical fatigue brought on by half-pints of pickled ice cream can opt for a prenatal massage. Postural imbalances are corrected and realigned during a whole-body myofascial release therapy, and medical massages, which are usually prescribed by a physician, are also available to treat specific conditions.
Since 1981, I've brought therapeutic massage, relaxation, and wellness to many hundreds of satisfied clients, from professional athletes and dancers to busy parents. Even though I've been doing this for over 29 years, I'm still in awe of the human body and continually strive to give each person the best treatment possible.
Signature Service: Deep tissue massage, especially 1.5+ hours
Brands Used: We have our own signature line of aromatherapy products
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Pro Tip: Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out our form, [which ensures] we can start on time.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Providing anatomically specific massage therapy gives us the opportunity to heal people. It is so incredible to have a client come in [with] pain, discomfort, or reduced ability and be able to help them toward improving these conditions. We take time to educate the client so that they can best understand what created the condition... and what they can [or] should do to help themselves recover as fast as possible.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
[One of my favorites was] that of a young man who has cerebral palsy and spends his life bent over crutches. After one of his massages, he told me that he felt so good he thought he could limbo. The other [came from] an 86 year-old man who had a medical condition that had reduced one shoulder and one hip to the point where he had only 15% range-of-motion in both joints. [When] he came in for his next massage [he told] me: "Last time when I left, I felt so good that I skipped to my car."
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I grew up exposed to massage and have always had a gift for it, but in high school there was a basketball player...[to whom] I would give a forearm-and-hand massage before many games, and she would always come back and tell me how much better she played after those massages. I still see her for appointments.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Many massage practices [prioritize] the "rest and relaxation" service and spa-like atmosphere, and the therapeutic skill of the therapist is hit-or-miss at best. Our clinics focus on the skill of the therapists first and foremost. We provide a wide range of services including ones that will target your areas of concern with precision or... that will absolutely melt you. Our offices provide a cozy?and some might say quaint?atmosphere. Our north office (2206 44th Ave.) has free, on-street parking on 44th. Our downtown office has a free parking lot and metered street parking.
Signature Service: Recreational Oxygen and Aromatherapy Bar
Brands Used: Stacker Vitamin Drinks, Powerade, Dasani Water
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Let yourself relax and breathe. You will feel your stress and the winter blues slip away.
Oxynate Oxygen Bar's owner Julie Sabby describes her business as a recreational oxygen and aromatherapy bar?she also sometimes calls the signature oxygen service a 20-minute vacation. Julie invites guests to sit back in a shiatsu massage chair, while inhaling energizing oxygen and tantalizing aromas. She says customers enjoy the experience so much, they sometimes tell her they'd like to stay forever. Such reactions don't surprise Julie, given the benefits she attributes to her services. "Oxygen is good for alleviating headaches, hangovers, stress, mental fatigue, and body aches," she says, not even acknowledging the fact that it helped her say that sentence.