The aestheticians at Salon Zeo bathe porous facial skin in reinvigorating, plant-based potions designed to restore suppleness. A skin-savvy staffer begins the one-hour rejuvenation session by massaging of the facial muscles and applying Aveda Green Science skin care products. The natural ingredients smooth out age-defining wrinkles by firming the skin and forging counterfeit birth certificates. A perfecting plant peel then lifts away skin ravaged by the unrelenting effects of the sun and the space-time continuum. This treatment is designed to provide instantaneous exfoliation without the irritation associated with a traditional glycolic peel or all-purpose pharmaceutical leeches.
Seasoned sinew kneader Shelly Connors of Sweet Serenity Massage deploys an arsenal of Swedish massage techniques, tailoring treatment to meet the specific needs of her clients. A thorough, stress-melting manipulation of the corpus commences in 60- or 90-minute Swedish massages, during which Connors uses Scandinavian methods—such as long, fluid strokes and a heavy reliance on umlauts—to relieve aches and induce relaxation. Aromatic oils curtail friction while hydrating the skin and further soothing the senses with their calming scents. Bodies receive these attentions in a tranquil space accented by diaphanous curtains, Ionic columns, and a soothing soundtrack of klezmer punk hits.
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.
Island Therapeutic Massage's founder and owner, Victoria, believes that massage can be part of a daily or weekly de-stressing regimen, rather than just a once-in-a-while indulgence. At her massage center's two locations, she and her team work to stimulate circulation, fend off disease, and bring balance to their clients' bodies with an array of soothing modalities.
Among the most popular of these modalities, Swedish and deep-tissue massages uncoil sinews and reduce stress with varying levels of pressure. Therapeutic massage, trigger-point therapy, and sports massage focus more on specific ailments, targeting headaches and chronic pain from injuries on the field or in the workplace. Another specialty modality, pregnancy massage, helps expectant mothers and babies cope with the stress of hormonal changes and rigid nine-month deadlines. To ramp up your relaxation, request body scrubs and aromatherapy with nonscented or Young Living essential oils.
Notes of relaxing music float through the air within the warm and welcoming private rooms of Massage Retreat & Spa, mingling sometimes with the rhythmic tapping of fingers across sore muscles or the silence of relaxation. While the spa’s massage therapists melt away aches and pains with smooth Swedish strokes, warm stones, or liquid-hot magma, their aesthetician counterparts indulge complexions with cleansing facials, waxing sessions, and treatments for eyebrows and eyelashes.
Though their menu of available sessions can seem overwhelming at first, the spa’s staff takes the time to tailor each treatment to clients’ individual needs; a health questionnaire and customer profile—required of first-time visitors—assists their efforts to pinpoint your unique ailments and concerns. An online Health Resource Center similarly typifies their uncommon dedication to individual care with its trove of helpful health and lifestyle tips with massage therapists and skincare specialists.
As a cancer survivor, massage therapist Barbara L. Elsenpeter sees her healing touch as more than just a way to unwind. While her menu of massage services undoubtedly leaves clients feeling pampered, she gears them to achieve a range of beneficial effects, such as greater energy, improved circulation, and enhanced immunity. Her specialty oncology massage is designed to help cancer patients control the aches and pains associated with their illness.
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