The licensed massage therapists at Refresh and Restore have worked their therapeutic magic on triathletes and Olympians, but their primary focus is on everyday people suffering from chronic tension. Knotted muscles slacken under flowing Swedish strokes and indulgent add-ons such as hot stones and essential oils. Guests can also solicit a massage therapist for a specialty couples massage, ideal for married couples on an anniversary or superheroes and villains seeking to let bygones by bygones.
As a high-school student, Dennis Rattiner reached down to pick up a leaf blower and heard an ominous pop in his lower back. He was bedridden for days with pain. At the suggestion of a friend, he paid a visit to a chiropractor, which alleviated his discomfort without the use of drugs or surgery. From then on, he sought to help people in the same way.
Now the owner and head chiropractor at Progressive Healthcare of Gwinnett, Doctor of Chiropractic Rattiner treats patients for ailments including disk herniations, arthritis, and back and neck pain. His massage therapists and chiropractors rehabilitate patients through physical therapy, mollify aches with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, and help clients shed pounds with weight-loss programs and donuts made of antimatter.
In a world where much our contact comes from social media, it's easy to see why licensed massage therapist Erika Cabrera believes that many people suffer from a lack of the healing power of touch. For her work at Hand to Heart Massage, she has designed her own technique that both soothes tension and triggers relaxation without putting seashells to clients' ears. Instead of using the predictable routine that some therapists perform for every client, Erika creates her own treatments by drawing from trigger-point, deep-tissue, and Swedish modalities?depending on the client's need?and even calling in the help of hot stones and steam towels.
Yahshua Spa & Wellness Salon’s holistic approach to restoring the body combines massage, body, and beauty care. The spa’s massage therapists strive to tailor Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, and reflexology massages to the needs of their clients. Staffers continue this customized approach during colon-hydrotherapy sessions, in which they often offer neck massages to make the natural body cleanse more relaxing. They also provide facials designed to hydrate skin, decrease oil levels, and remove walking dead skin cells.
Heady aromatherapy scents fill the air within Pretty Faces Skincare Studio’s intimate and inviting spa suite. The appointment-only studio allows guests to fully indulge in their pampering desires, from facials and peels at the hands of licensed aestheticians to laser treatments, waxes, and massages. The skin-savvy team uses professional, medical-grade products during services, eschewing antiquated means of exfoliating facial skin, such as rubbing cheeks against an old oak tree.
Accented by warm lights and soothing music, Massage Associates of Atlanta, LLC relaxes minds and muscles with three types of massage and therapeutic foot-reflexology sessions. Each client partners with a licensed massage therapist to customize the session, choosing Swedish, deep-tissue, or neuromuscular techniques to unwind knots and alarm clocks lodged between the shoulder blades. Tension and pain are relieved during reflexology and neuromuscular treatments, in which the therapist applies pressure to specific areas to produce sensations in other parts of the body. Deep-tissue sessions release tension, and the long, flowing strokes and focused kneading of the Swedish modality inspire envy in Olympic swimmers and bakers easily distracted by shiny cake pans.