At The Baah Spa, clients are encouraged to relinquish their worries and indulge in an afternoon of escape and self-pampering. Piloting the sojourns into bliss are professional massage practitioners who apply firm pressure, soothing strokes, and hot stones to facilitate relaxation and quiet revelry. The spa offers Swedish, therapeutic, and hot-stone massages, and they combine all three during the spa’s signature massage, which also features the client’s choice of aromatherapy oils.
During sessions of barefoot massage, one of three licensed massage therapists– including Debra Carberry–utilize parallel bars on the ceiling for balance and leverage. Debra and her team then use body weight and bare feet to deliver a deep, relaxing massage. This modality is just one of more than a dozen offered at The Healing Space, where Debra and her astute squad of LMTs help clients address emotional and physical pain. They also offer standard massage sessions, such as deep tissue and Swedish, and not-so-standard sessions, such as ashiatsu and craniosacral therapy. Aside from bodywork, The Healing Space also specializes in children’s yoga, which assists in the development of coordination and self-awareness.
Blue Serenity Holistic Wellness & Day Spa owner Emily Ray and her staff bring more than two decades of bodywork experience to every muscle they knead and knot they untie. The team performs custom treatments that address the unique needs of each client who walks through their door, relying on deep stores of knowledge in the fields of human anatomy and physiology. Customers will also discover a menu of other pampering services at the spa, including hand and foot reflexology, body wraps, and reiki.
Serenity Now's owner and certified massage therapist Ruth Ann Fallon offers modalities of massage that range from relaxation to treating persistent pain. Many of her massage options are tailored to the needs of specific groups, such as athletes, teens, and mothers-to-be, each customizable with add-ons such as hot towels and hydrating skin treatments.
The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment?and the stresses of physical work?play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon?s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They?re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness?a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn?t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive track, and can even help regulate the body?s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the muscles to spasm so they will generate heat and keep your blood and any baby chicks in your coat pockets warm.
At Elysium Therapeutic Massage, a licensed massage therapist helps patients overcome stress and tension with customized treatments. The repertoire of modalities includes Swedish, deep-tissue, scalp, and prenatal techniques.