During sessions of barefoot massage, one of three licensed massage therapists– including Debra Carberry–utilize parallel bars on the ceiling for balance and leverage. Debra and her team then use body weight and bare feet to deliver a deep, relaxing massage. This modality is just one of more than a dozen offered at The Healing Space, where Debra and her astute squad of LMTs help clients address emotional and physical pain. They also offer standard massage sessions, such as deep tissue and Swedish, and not-so-standard sessions, such as ashiatsu and craniosacral therapy. Aside from bodywork, The Healing Space also specializes in children’s yoga, which assists in the development of coordination and self-awareness.
Liz and Phil Kramer work together to rejuvenate the whole being within a treatment room styled to mimic a comfortable living room with a gas fireplace and plush beds. Liz trained as a holistic counselor, and Phil draws upon certification as a massage therapist to help relax patrons after they chaperone Humpty Dumpty’s gymnastics class. Scents from complimentary aromatherapy unfurl through the air, stirred only by deep exhalations during customized deep-tissue massages. The shelves brim with Yonka products and Firmi sea mud, and the holistic healers also use Soul Synergy's personal cream products and hot towels saturated in aromatic Phyto Bain with every treatment.:m]]
Rita Ammons still doesn't quite believe it. In 1987, she was in a serious car accident that left her suffering with severe pain from nerve damage. A friend recommended reiki as a healing practice, and within time, Ammons found that it worked—the treatments seemed to heal her. Amazed and inspired, she became a master reiki practitioner herself, eventually expanding her expertise into massage and opening her own practice, Back to Harmony Massage & Bodywork.
Now a licensed massage therapist, Ammons offers treatments in 10 modalities, from relaxing Swedish massages to medical massages that help treat ailments including back pain, headaches, and arthritis. She also seeks to heal guests through reiki and to soothe backs with hot-stone massages, which are far more relaxing than hugging a furnace.