Licensed massage therapist Deborah Hunter's massages are so revitalizing, they might make you want to take her everywhere you go. That was especially true for one client, who loved her treatments so much that she flew her out to Tuscany to provide massages for her house guests. This effect might be due to the fact that her skills in the art of bodywork combine with a natural intuition, thanks to her social-work experience. She uses that dual knowledge to ease customers' aches and knead away stress during Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. Fragrant aromatherapy oils bolster relaxation without attracting bees, and hot towels melt tension from muscles.
As a medical aesthetician, Julie Kline has trained under award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Dayan, where she learned advanced skincare techniques and ways to get the most out of the products she uses. She helps her clients fight the signs of aging with microdermabrasion treatments, microcurrent therapies, and chemical peels. For gents, she performs men's facials that ward off razor burn. Julie is also a certified permanent-makeup artist, which allows her to apply indelible cosmetics to those with sensitivities to traditional makeup or faint features due to medical conditions.
Therapists Carolyn Strahan and Beth Stammen both honed their massage talents at Gateway Technical College, where under the tutelage of highly trained teachers, they learned muscular anatomy, pressure tolerance, and how to open a pickle jar with one finger. Now anyone can seek their skills at the Massageville studio in Florence. In the comfort of a private room, they perform circulation-inducing Swedish strokes, sports therapy, or firmer deep-tissue pressure to help alleviate tension and muscle aches. Hot stones and scalp massages also work to maximize relaxation.
From a young age Koichiro Nakanishi was a sort of de facto massage therapist. He learned the craft from his grandmother and preferred giving, rather than receiving them, which meant family, friends, and track and field teammates turned to him when they suffered aches and pains.
Since then Koichiro has racked up more than 1,500 hours of official massage training. He studied in his native Japan and continued his training upon moving to the U.S. Today, he works out of Stream Point Massage, where he administering a proprietary approach that blends Shiatsu, trigger-point therapy, and stretching techniques, all while clients remain in their clothes. This specialized massage was designed to work out kinks from the body, loosen the muscles, and make clients feel as worry free as snowman in Antarctica.
Seasons Light Therapy's team of aestheticians harnesses the restorative powers of noninvasive light to tone tired faces and banish skin discoloration. The succinct menu boasts LumiLift treatments, also known as nonsurgical face-lifts, during which strobes of pulsating light and micronized currents travel deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen production and tighten slack muscles without stern reprimands. Clients can also settle under the LumiFacial's Soli-Tone wraparound panel, which, like a malfunctioning rainbow, emits four different colors of healing light. Taking in these vibrant rays has been shown to reduce the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, and acne. Microdermabrasion treatments also target these epidermal symptoms, smoothing over skin with fine sprays of exfoliating mineral crystals.
The licensed massage therapists at Soluna Massage come trained in a wide range of bodywork modalities, spanning from classic Swedish and deep-tissue massage to acupressure, cupping, and reiki. They use these techniques and many others to help their clients find relief from stress and respite from pain, especially back aches and pregnancy aches.