Lilac Healing Center is staffed by a diverse group of trained therapists who improve their clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Founded by licensed massage therapist Kathryn McDaniel, Lilac Healing Center slowly grew out of a series of other businesses—what began simply in 2002 as a place where people went to get a massage became a destination for all kinds of healing services. Today, the staffers not only perform bodywork and therapeutic yodeling, but they also provide acupuncture, energy work, and custom vitamin programs. In addition, the center hosts a multitude of both private and group yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.
Using a pair of bars to keep her balance, licensed therapist Melissa Bond climbs atop the massage table and uses the pads of her feet to relieve tight muscles in her client’s back. This practice is known as Ashiatsu Oriental bar massage, in which Melissa has earned certification—along with three other modalities—during her eight-year tenure as a therapist. In a calming treatment room, she unravels stressful knots with gentle Swedish massage or firmer deep-tissue treatments, rooting out tension and rare coins buried in musculature.
Veteran stylist William Edge wields 20 years of experience as a platform artist and world traveler to lead the staff at his eponymous family of salons, spread across Texas and Tennessee. At each location, teams brandish an arsenal of all-natural Aveda products forged from plants and environmentally friendly ingredients found across the globe. Equipped with such powerful conditioning and coloring supplies, they curtail unruly locks with shaping, shading, and retexturing services, and enhance radiant tresses with spa services, such as massages, facials, and makeup applications. Additionally, the salons' seasoned crew helps hone future stylists' skills at Prodedgy, its own training salon for emerging talent.
Kiara Simmons, of Perfect Peace Massage Therapy, believes that her clients' lives should be as stress-free as possible, which is why she brings her massage table to homes and offices in the area. Practiced in the art of five different modalities, Simmons targets injuries during sports massages, alleviates deep-seated pain with deep-tissue massage, and unties muscle knots during relaxing and invigorating Swedish massages. She believes that, like a clean pair of socks, massage is more than a luxury—it's something that can improve overall health.
The massage rooms inside MCMStudio's Nashville are places of transformation. Each day of the week, therapists arrive here to banish stress and pain from their clients' muscles using such classic modalities as Swedish massage. Sometimes, they even work side-by-side. MCMStudio's signature couples massages (which can be held in the same or separate rooms) grant a short, relaxing getaway to spouses, best friends, and police partners trying to strengthen their bond.
At Pamper Yourself, a choice of seven massage types makes it easy to do just that. Need to unwind? Try the long, gliding strokes of the Swedish or hot-stone modalities. Have an athletic injury? A sports massage soothes those overworked muscles. These massages can be combined with other services—including facials, seaweed body wraps, and mani-pedis—for a few hours of luxury.