Dr. Scranton adjusts spines and works with clients to correct postures and skeletal issues that can cause pain and discomfort. He specializes in the Gonstead technique, which assesses a variety of factors in order to properly treat intervertebral disc lesions while aligning spine and pelvis.
What do a mainframe programmer and a massage therapist have in common? Both break down complex puzzles into their elemental parts and work toward solutions methodically. But for Bruce Morgan of Bodyworks By Bruce, a former engineer, no matter how long he worked with a particularly confounding programming problem and no matter how technically rewarding the project was, the human element of building relationships was missing.
That difference is what drew him into massage therapy. Whereas programming works within defined parameters, Bruce never knows what sort of puzzle he's going to solve when presented with a client suffering from pain. Before sessions, he consults with all clients extensively to get to know them and their symptoms, and encourages them to give feedback during sessions so that he can customize his approach. Shoulder pain, for example, may be symptomatic of a person compensating for damage in the ankles, which is why Bruce routinely delivers full-body massages. His training specialized in myofascial release and cross-fiber friction, whose strokes alternate between going with and against the muscle grain, and he uses these techniques to target problem areas.
Each client enjoys warmth in the private treatment room, both from a table warmer and the sage green shade of the walls. A salt lamp lends the room a relaxing glow, and Bon Vital all-natural lotion keeps skin hydrated. To set the soundtrack for their session, clients can select from a range of light jazz, Native American music, or nature sounds, including a chorus of dolphins covering Barry White songs.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Licensed massage therapist Caitrin Rames, LMT, specializes in shiatsu bodywork, a form of massage that focuses on balancing the body's chi in order to treat internal ailments and imbalances. Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, shiatsu massage employs focused pressure along the body's meridians to heal backs strained from kneeling in rice paddies or from pole vaulting over the Great Wall. In addition to her flagship shiatsu technique, Caitrin also soothes muscles with cranial-sacral-release therapy and pregnancy massages for expectant mothers.
The doctors and therapists at Washington Street Wellness Center—who specialize in areas such as natural medicine, chiropractic, and massage therapy—work as a team to craft personalized medical regimens that draw on their collective wisdom and talents. Nutritional advice and natural medicine form the basis for many treatments that take a holistic approach to managing hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal complaints, and a variety of other ailments. The center’s chiropractors straighten the spines of those suffering from chronic back pain, and on-site massage therapists call upon therapeutic and relaxation techniques to alleviate stresses from sitting in traffic jams and tossing bulky SUVs to the side of the road.
Bell Massage Therapy's eponymous bodywork specialist graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in psychology and health promotion, but she felt like something was missing from her education. Specifically, she longed for a tangible skill set. In massage therapy, Bell found her calling, and it has led to a career grounded in increasing the well being of all the clients who walk in her door. Bell's practice is rooted in Swedish massage with a focus on unique modalities such as reflexology, hot stone massage, and aromatherapy wraps.