Dannielle Snellenberger—the massage therapist behind IRA Massage and Bodywork—has trained in a wide variety of modalities, and stays ahead of industry trends as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She specializes in sports and deep-tissue massage, loosening taut muscles within the center's small, private spa or in clients' homes. Snellenberger also is certified in techniques such as hydrotherapy and Siddha body detoxification, an ancient Indian method that aims to draw out impurities with heated oil.
Snellenberger enhances massage sessions with warm river rocks and essential oils, and offers several soothing spa treatments. She also performs corporate chair massages that can enhance employee productivity and reduce the number of pencils stuck in ceilings.
For licensed massage therapist Jaletha Howard, performing massage isn't just a way to help clients relax. It's a way to connect with clients and "instill a sense of hope, health, and well-being." Inside Heavenly Hands Body Massage, she quells stress, anxiety, and muscle uprisings through a range of massage modalities that includes kinesiology, trigger point, shiatsu, and deep tissue.
Licensed massage therapist and reiki master Andrew Garde brings bodily energies into balance and harmony with custom massage sessions. Treatment can involve the relaxing strokes of Swedish massage or the deeper probing of deep-tissue or targeted therapeutic massage, urging muscles to release long-held tension and resentment at being picked last for dodge ball. Reiki sessions redirect and rebalance energy flow through light or no touch and visualization techniques.
As the mastermind behind Sozo Massage Works, licensed massage therapist Ric Harvey blends Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage techniques to create a modality all his own. This specialty modality, tweaked and perfected across more than a decade of bodywork, targets the sources of stress and discomfort with the aim of improving overall health.
Despite its name, massages aren’t all that Sozo Massage Works is known for. The studio’s spa treatments include mud and seaweed wraps, both of which reintroduce skin to the healing elements of nature. Similarly, hot stones can help melt away tension during a massage, and Harvey can awaken seldom-used muscles by chirping at them in soothing bird song.