MaryAnn Sumaraga could barely get out of bed. With an impending back surgery on the horizon, she visited an acupressure therapist in hopes of relieving some of the pain caused by her chronic sciatica. Six weeks later, she cancelled her back surgery, and marched effortlessly into the classrooms at the Holistic Life Institution of Massage and Natural Health, ready to dedicate her life to helping others the way her acupressure therapist had helped her.
After discovering the healing properties of massage, MaryAnn went full throttle, absorbing additional expertise in bodywork, energy work, and Reiki. With 1000 hours of practice under her belt––not to mention additional certifications in homeopathy, herbology, and iridology––she creates tailored, client-centered treatments that often blend massage, aromatherapy, and nutritional advice. She views each client as biochemically unique, and tends to them only after she has a full picture of their pain, so that she can treat it with more specificity than with what she refers to as "cookbook approaches," which are often tailored to the therapeutic needs of tense gingerbread men.
After exhausting a list of doctors to alleviate debilitating migraines, Esther Rocha turned to massage therapy. The results were so astounding that Esther quit her job as a quality control inspector and enrolled in massage therapy school. Not at the helm of her own business, Esther specializes in tension headache massages and chronic pain-relieving deep-tissue techniques. She is also a licensed esthetician, and refreshes clients’ mugs with custom facials and full face waxings.
Intimo Skin Care’s Intimo facial aims to leave guests feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and as if they’d donned entirely new skin—skin that’s soft, firm, radiant, and smells like a just-born rainbow. First, one of Intimo’s skincare specialists will analyze your skin, identifying persistent issues and problem areas so that the treatment can be tailored to your specific needs. Next, an aesthetician will use top-notch products to deeply cleanse the face and neck, removing impurities to leave skin looking younger and healthier, like a baby doing calisthenics. After a round of intense hydration and facial massage, your face, neck, and décolletage will be even-toned and smooth enough to impersonate a marble bust.
The Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist at Hopeful Hands Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork restores frayed spirits with therapeutic and relaxing bodywork treatments. Located inside of A Place to Relax wellness center, Hopeful Hands adds to the soothing ambience of yoga practitioners and spa treatments that surround it, adding its own brand of wellness with massages that encourage physical and emotional bliss.
Hairstylist Crystal Rhoades skillfully sculpts scalp weeds into the subtle curves, razored edges, and gradual fades requested by her clients. Feminine tresses wallow in shampoo before or after each haircut, and then they luxuriate in a gentle scalp massage that prevents them from tensing up and rising from the head in a sunburst pattern. Rhoades cuts through cowlicks and split ends in patterns specified by hair owners, crafting attractive coiffures before blow-drying, flat-ironing, or curling each mop. Crystal also trims and tames masculine manes and gladly uses hair products and a blow dryer if requested.