Like all good relationships, the bonds between Market Square Wellness Center's practitioners and their clients start with great communication. Recognizing that patients' wellness needs and desires can change from day today, they start each session with an in-depth conversation. Its course helps practitioners customize acupuncture and massage treatments and have something to talk about if they run into clients in the supermarket.
For relaxation, the massage therapists rely on the flowing strokes of Swedish massage. To address muscle damage or injuries such as whiplash, they employ deep-tissue techniques or craniosacral therapy, a series of ultralight touches designed to release restrictions in soft tissues that affect the central nervous system. Acupuncture, among other traditional Chinese healing techniques, aims to rebalance the body by stimulating precise points along energy pathways.
Market Square Wellness Center's team might also point clients in the direction of an infrared sauna. The sauna's warming rays help clients immediately relax and may relieve pain, detoxify the body, and clear skin.
With its high-energy throws and snarling taunts, televised wrestling definitely helps many participants let off steam. But in-between bouts, many wrestlers duck backstage to try another method of tension release: a massage with licensed therapist Ashley Liles. For years, Ashley has administered her practiced kneads to WWE wrestlers and other athletes, plying chronic sore spots with deep-tissue techniques. At Message By Massage, she applies similar expertise to non-sports clients as well, in the belief that massage can help anyone better understand their body's needs.
Olive walls and flickering candles set a calming scene inside her treatment room at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness. There, she addresses aches with a variety of techniques and tools, including smooth, warm stones for hot-stone massages or cathartic rounds of tiddlywinks. On top of her regular duties, Ashley also travels offsite for volunteer work, including complimentary chair massages at health fairs, teachers' benefits, and other functions.
Amid the chaos of life, the therapists at Natural Balance Therapeutic Massage step into a bubble of calm at work. Their clients go there to find peace as well, and they gently glide their hands over their dermal canvases during Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. The therapists also help to alleviate pain in the body by concentrating on the feet during reflexology treatments and “This Little Piggy” sessions. Reiki sessions also prove useful in tempering aches and stress by releasing energy blockages.
At Advanced Integrated Kinesiology, certified trainer, massage therapist, and human-movement guru Bob Downes recognizes that successful treatment can only follow successful assessment. To that end, he pinpoints areas of potential concern with in-depth structural and functional evaluations. Armed with that information, Bob relies on the holistic methods of kinesiology to remedy myriad conditions, including those caused by sports injuries, inactivity, or the simple existence of gravity. His manual-therapy treatments range from orthopedic and standing massage to isolated stretching and flexibility training.
At Envy Hair Salon, services come without attitude as stylists work with clients to find a flattering style. Owner Nichole Vega creates a laidback environment, replete with neutral walls and wood-framed mirrors that reflect expert cuts and color treatments. Also included in their list of services are airbrush tanning and massage therapy.
Unlike the playground game it takes its name from, Rock Paper Scissors Hair Salon has nothing to do with competition. Instead, the staff members—who have more than 35 years of combined experience—emphasize cooperation as they work closely with their clients to craft personalized looks with their extensive assortment of hair services. Inside the modern and sleek salon, in which red fixtures dangle like stalactites, the stylists work their magic with high-end products from Goldwell, L'Oréal, Simply Smooth, and Moroccanoil. The team also encourages clients to enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, wine, or their choice of a high-five or bear hug—but customers must supply the bear.