Massage therapist Nikki Insley knows all about stiff backs. As a former truck driver, she regularly logged long hours of sitting behind the wheel and often found herself unable to move at the end of hauls. She began to rely on massage therapy to extinguish the stiffness and pain that had settled into her lower back, and eventually chose to hang up her keys and become a therapist herself.
Drawing on years of hands-on experience in spas and chiropractic offices, Nikki unties muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages. She believes that a great massage allows patients to trust the therapist and relax completely, letting go of stressful thoughts and persistent fears that someday, cows will want their milk back.
Although her studio remains as clean as it was in the days when it served as a doctor's office, it has replaced the cold, clinical feel with soothing creams, greens, and browns. A burbling fountain greets clients in the reception area, its gurgling blending with the sound of soothing music as guests enter the blue and green private treatment room.
Dedicated massotherapist Jean Rowe deftly kneads aching muscles in modalities ranging from the fluid, gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the more intense, targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Rowe enhances her kneadings with aromatherapeutic oils and calming music and raids pet-rock zoos for basalt stones to use during hot-stone massages. A Quiet Spirit Massotherapy?s ionic-spa foot detoxes draw out impurities with negative ions, and herbal wraps cocoon bodies with green clay and heated blankets to break up cellulite.
After receiving a massage at Sunrise Massage Therapy Services, it?s hard not to feel that the sun has indeed risen on a new day. That?s because the studio?s certified therapists?whose skills extend from traditional Swedish massage to specialty prenatal and geriatric styles to therapeutic massage or myofascial release sessions?are never satisfied until they have relieved chronic pains and lingering tensions.
With degrees in general biology, massage therapy, and physical therapy, Nicholas Grahame can boast an in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of human physiology. Over the course of his education, Nicholas mastered treatments for numerous musculoskeletal conditions, from massages that soothe injured rotator cuffs to the secret microwave setting that melts frozen shoulder. Today, at Grahame's Massotherapy, he applies this expertise to bodywork services that range from holistic neuromuscular therapy to traditional Swedish massage. Also, as an ACE-certified personal trainer, he designs custom exercise programs to complement his treatments.
Skinsations Health & Wellness Medical Spa owner and licensed aesthetician Michelle Merrix-Gowens has assembled a team of experts to provide advanced anti-aging and wellness services. She performs organic microdermabrasions and seven types of facials with a botanical skincare line whose ingredients nourish skin and enhance the face's ability to yodel. Physicians administer wrinkle-diminishing Botox injections, a massage therapist performs hot-stone treatments or reflexology sessions, and certified thermographer and two-time breast-cancer survivor Jeanne Wilson aims to detect early signs of disease with a digital infrared thermal imaging technique.
"Before I became a licensed massage therapist I was very ignorant of the positive effects of massage," admits Tori Crews. "I never really took good care of my body." But learning human physiology and working with clients has changed all that. Now she makes it her daily goal to remind clients that they only have one body, and they should take care of it. To accomplish this, Tori offers treatments ranging from Swedish massage to deep-tissue work, available with add-ons such as aromatherapy and hot stones.