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.
The multi-talented team at Headliners Salon and Day Spa has devoted more than 30 years to pampering clients, bolstering their confidence, and redefining their personal and professional looks. Stylists can trim or color stray locks to create a tidy new look, and nail technicians treat digits with everything from soothing paraffin treatments to chip-resistant gel polishes. Aestheticians help smooth away blemishes with chemical peels and microdermabrasion procedures and also nourish skin by incorporating vitamin C or nutrient-rich enzymes into their standard spa facials. Drawing on their mastery of multiple massage modalities, massage therapists can melt away tension with hot stones or stimulate the senses with aromatherapy.
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—are never satisfied until they have relieved chronic pains and lingering tensions. During manual lymph-drainage sessions, for example, their gentle manipulations help drain excess fluid from the body and bolster the immune system’s capacity to fend off illnesses and slaps from school bullies. The studio also operates an online store where clients can buy lotions, pillows, and massage equipment to stop tension at their homes’ doorsteps.
Carlton Massage Therapy blends relaxation and pain relief into a body-relaxing mélange of muscle-manipulating bliss. In the one-hour candlelight duo massage, the skillful fingers of two therapists liquefy the body-locked stress of two massagees in a candlelit room, creating an ideal environment for a couple's romantic afternoon or a bonding session between a comically handcuffed-together cop and criminal. In the solo, 90-minute Swedish massage, muscles relax in privacy while hot-towel compresses gently warm cold feet with steamy heat. The one-hour satin skin-exfoliation massage uses Thentix Touch of Honey products to gently lift away the outer layer of dead, lifeless skin, revealing the smooth cells underneath for a slathering of body polish. Hot steamed towels impart a blissful warmth to relaxed bodies, and a shower is available post-massage to rinse residue from newly radiant skin. All three massages come with a Dead Sea salt foot scrub with hot towel compresses, helping tootsies get past the low self-esteem that makes them act out at business meetings.
Licensed massage therapist Ken Bowersox Jr. relies on his own expertise as well as the body's reflexes to ease the pain of injury. During his neuromuscular-therapy sessions, he often utilizes ortho-bionomy—the art of further contracting a muscle that is causing imbalance within the bones of a joint. This method prompts the muscle to complete its contraction and undergo release. Though he specializes in this type of trigger-point work, he also administers massages designed for relaxation, such as Swedish and hot-stone modalities. Additionally, he performs reiki, which aims to regulate the flow of energy throughout the body with the light laying on of hands.
At the full-service spa, licensed massage therapist and proprietor Mary Daniels emphasizes the importance of all-natural and non-invasive stress-relief methods that range from yoga to reiki to reflexology. All of Mary Therapy's therapeutic massages include a calming foot soak sprinkled with sea salt. Her Swedish massage can help stimulate blood circulation and distribute oxygen throughout the body with the help of soothing oils or lotions. The hot-stone version uses smooth instruments to enhance the effect of the massage. Two Yelpers testify that Mary's methods have a proven success record in reducing pain and speeding up the injury recovery process and that the studio provides a quiet environment perfect for complete relaxation. Appointments are required at the mini-spa, which is open Tuesday through Saturday.
At Artistic Hair Designers, stylists cut and condition hair while nail technicians groom cuticles and layer on polish. The salon also houses licensed aestheticans who ease muscle tension and back pain through Swedish massage, pamper skin with facials, and coordinate private spa parties.