Donnelle Gaston is a woman with many titles and talents. Currently a massage therapist, Donnelle has also been a nutritional-science grad, Peace Corps health educator in Haiti, and, more recently, a mom. At Moonflower Massage, her past experiences inspire a holistic approach to massage and healing. Well versed in massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, movement therapy, and reflexology, to name a few, Donnelle customizes massages to fulfill individual needs and relax her clients without spiking their water with a hearty amount of horse tranquilizers. She also specializes in prenatal massage and oncology massage. Tailored specifically to cancer patients, oncology therapy can ease pain, nausea, and anxiety, and even soften scar tissue after surgery.
Traditional Thai massages, 24-karat-gold facials, and hydrotherapy baths are just some of the services that set Royal Thai apart from other beauty shops. But in addition to these treatments, therapists and aestheticians offer classic modes of pampering with mani-pedis, haircuts, and waxing. An onsite sauna, steam room, and shower are available for anyone partaking of a massage or body treatment or anyone who needs to coax the wrinkles out of their birthday suit.
All skincare products used at Lighten Up & Face It are organic and natural because nourishing the birthday suit is as important as feeding the body. Aestheticians use cleansers and moisturizers free from harsh chemicals or Windex and incorporate healing botanicals when possible. Aches and ailments may be addressed with japanese acupressure treatments, whereas troubles of the mind and spirit can be relieved in chakra-balancing sessions or aura cleanings.
At A Kneaded Balance, LLC, founder Angela Sharkey draws from a host of certifications as she assuages aches and pains throughout the body. Having completed advanced training in oncology massage and lymphatic treatments, Angela soothes patients battling or recovering from cancer, or encourages drainage and decongestion in clients suffering from lymphedema. In addition to treating chronic or temporary physical ailments, she also promotes a deep sense of relaxation through hot-stone massages and reflexology treatments.
The massage therapists at Therapeutic Body Solutions aim to end the adverse effects of stress that lead to premature aging and a host of physical and mental maladies. Their long, rolling Swedish strokes stimulate circulation and ease muscular tension, whereas deep-tissue massages deliver firm, cross-grain strokes to root out muscle knots. Reflexology technique targets specific points on the feet and hands that correspond with certain areas of the body to help boost immunity, calm nerves, or heal inflammation without having to eat a freezer-full of ice packs.
In two quiet and cozy studios located within remodeled former residences, the massage therapists of BearKneads Massage Therapy—each backed by more than 500 hours of educational training—practice a variety of modalities to help soothe aches and pains. Specializing in Swedish, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular therapies, massage therapists help ease nagging maladies, encourage deep relaxation, and wholeheartedly accept drooling. Some of BearKneads Massage Therapy’s specialized therapists are also versed in hot-stone, sports, and lomilomi Hawaiian-style massage.