The staff of Montclair Therapeutic Massage Center doesn’t believe that comfort should come at the cost of environmental responsibility. Parking spots outside the shop hold places for fuel-efficient cars, and ADA-approved showers treat bicycling clients to a pre-massage rinse. The center’s certified massage therapist, Mary Wetherill, boasts a wealth of knowledge about human physiology that she gathered studying neuromuscular therapy, writing a book on treating diabetes with massage, and attending a pre-medical dissection course. With an advanced knowledge of the human body, Mary tends to bodies plagued by pains, migraines, and curved spinal alignment with a handful of massage styles. Her co-worker, Cristy May SyCip, leads relaxing restorative-yoga sessions, holding a single pose or a slow-paced snoring cadence for 3–10 minutes.
Hibiscus Therapeutic Center's professionals regale bodies with salon and spa services tailored to each visitor's specific needs. Dexterous hands melt tension like it's a Lego in the microwave during custom massage sessions, where strategic bodywork can take the form of soothing Swedish strokes, intense deep-tissue techniques, or lymphatic-drainage therapy, along with many other modalities. In private spa rooms, flickering candles cast a soft glow on their surroundings while clients receive lush facials and body wraps, containing calming ingredients such as seaweed and eucalyptus leaf. On the way out the door, customers can peruse a library of scents and skin products designed to easily transport therapeutic vibes to homes and subway cars.
Sahana Spa's India-themed spaces mix modern amenities with the beauty of ancient Eastern wisdom. Handmade Indian artifacts, Sundãri skincare products, and several chocolaty colors welcome clients to the spa. Staff members then lead guests to treatment suites that are equipped with iPod-docking stations, individual temperature controls, and absolutely no bears. This is the perfect setting for them to knead away stress with indulgent bamboo and hot-stone massages or administer a Sahana-Vedic facial. Over in the nail lounge, technicians pretty up nails with various mani-pedis.
The licensed body sculptors at Essential Body Contours help to smooth puckered stretches of cellulite with soothing FDA-approved Endermologie Lipomassage treatments. During each 40-minute treatment, a skilled technician employs the suction and massage capabilities of a mechanical module designed to boost lymphatic flow and circulation and tickle stubborn fat cells into releasing their precious lipids. Though most patients require at least 3–10 treatments for optimal results, local blood and lymph flow may increase up to 400% and skin-firming collagen production may improve up to 100% after a single procedure. As patients relax in the comfort of their specially designed Endermowear bodysuit, the healing strokes of the robo-treatment evoke a feeling similar to a deep therapeutic massage or a warm hug from a vacuum cleaner.
Patrons at Elements Therapeutic Massage pair up with the therapist best qualified to address specific personal issues and concerns. Therapists then spend time with clients, gathering information about their conditions before customizing massages. During the massage, the therapists intuitively blend a variety of modalities, such as deep tissue, Swedish, and trigger-point therapy.
Throughout the process, the therapist keeps communication going. The team uses a system by which clients can communicate the desired level of pressure; level 1 corresponds to long, light strokes over superficial muscles, and level 4 uses some force to root out embedded knots. Through this system, the therapist can get at all depths of tension while remaining well within the client’s comfort zone.
Bichelle Harrison, CMT, of The IT Girl Massage Therapy, eases stress and other aches and pains with an array of massage techniques. She attended the Steiner Training Academy in London and cut her teeth massaging thousands of guests on Celebrity Cruise Line. With a sense of relaxation worthy of a cruise, she can perform Swedish and deep-tissue massages using light to firm pressure. Or, she can employ hot lava stones or heated poultices with therapeutic herbs to stimulate and manipulate the muscles as well as a psychiatrist manipulates his dog into doing the chores. Bichelle also makes reflexology massages available to stimulate blood flow by focusing on the pressure points of the feet.
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