Massage therapist Jodi McClain had just finished her last massage of the day when her patient, still lying prone on the table, burst into tears. She began speaking about difficult emotional issues she'd held in for years, until that massage helped set the pain free. Jodi savors seeing her clients leave happier than they were when they walked in, and uses her custom blend of Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point-therapy massage to achieve this pleasant outcome?by way of ousting tension and muscular pain. She also performs myofascial-release massage and cranio-sacral therapy upon request, and can collaborate with doctors to build injury-treatment plans and incite laughter with multiple taps to the funny bone.
During massages, massage therapists may slather their client's skin in Massage FX cream?infused with aloe, arnica, and ivy extracts?to keep it moisturized and dull any site-specific pain. Though they eschew aromatherapy, they often soak a cloth in eucalyptus and peppermint oils to relieve clients' suffering from sinus pressure. They also conduct facials and specialized skinny massages to tone and tighten skin, as well as applying infrared-light therapy to detox skin and enrage cats by demonstrating the photon theory of light, as most cats still think of light as a wave. They conduct all their treatments in one room designed to evoke a garden; with flowers hung from the ceiling, a decorative fence, and soft lighting. While they often plays piano melodies, the massage therapists also lull clients toward relaxation with a bubbling water fountain and casual conversation.
Jennifer Scanlon is a licensed massage therapist, but it's more of a passion than a job. "I truly love what I do and I believe it shows in each massage session," says Scanlon. "My sessions are based on client comfort and needs." She achieves this through the use of various massage modalities, which range in scope from gentler Swedish strokes to firmer deep-tissue pressure. Guests may also request more specialized techniques such as lymphatic drainage or cross-fiber friction.
As a nationally board-certified therapist and member of the American Medical Massage Association, C.M. Massage owner Chris MacPherson draws on a wealth of anatomical knowledge to relax his clients and bring their bodies back to states of natural well-being. Chris and his team of certified therapists?both male and female?tend to knotted muscles in private treatment rooms, properly draping bodies before administering a series of targeted therapeutic strokes. The therapists' nimble fingers apply techniques culled from modalities such as sports, relaxation, and prenatal to alleviate chronic conditions, headaches, and back and neck pain. They work seven days a week and, depending on their availability, can schedule appointments with as little as 30 minutes? notice.
Full-body wellness stems from even the briefest moments of stress relief, according to Eric Billsen, the massage therapist who owns Ledge's Therapeutic Massage. Inside a cozy studio, he makes every moment count with attentive strokes and customized compression. During his signature deep-tissue massages, he applies medium-to-heavy pressure to ease pain and stiffness in the muscles' innermost layers. Ideal for fatigued athletes and clients recovering from injuries, this service can boost flexibility and mobility. Eric also performs Swedish massages to oust troublemakers such as stress, lactic acid, and internalized Little Rascals plots. Chair massages release tension from the back and neck, helping desk-dwellers type without soreness or spasms.
While Doctor of Chiropractic Mike Morea’s hands adjust spines, his healing touch extends beyond the back, relieving pain throughout the limbs and up into sinuses. To improve patients’ overall well-being, Dr. Morea combines chiropractic adjustments and massage, addressing current injuries or chronic pain. The official chiropractor of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, Dr. Morea knows how to tackle even chronic sports injuries with care and sensitivity.
Massage Therapy Works' staff of trained professionals rejuvenates bodies with a bevy of soothing massage techniques. Clients can shed discordant tensions as a massage maestro conducts a full-body concerto by kneading muscles and deep tissues in the stressed orchestra pits of the body. The 30-minute therapeutic massage works to soothe aches and pains, restoring bodies to a child-like state of relaxation reminiscent of their days in footie pajamas. With each purchase, customers will also receive a club-card membership, which entitles members to future massages at club-card rates and instills a sense of belonging.