Licensed massage therapist Marci Graham prides herself on giving clients exactly the kind of massage they need. Whether her mission is to assuage chronic pain or simply aid in relaxation, Graham begins each session the same way—with an in-depth consultation about her client’s health history, treatment goals, and ability to lick his or her elbows. Once she has determined which of her six modalities will work best, Graham can further customize the session with options such as hot stones or Thai bodywork. As if this weren’t enough, she augments each session with tips and techniques gleaned from the ongoing-education courses she frequently attends.
Moonstone Skin and Body Care's seasoned specialists refresh the faces and relax the musculature of time-crunched patrons with two pampering services fit into a one-hour spa session. Aestheticians inaugurate stress-busting sessions with gentle cleansing and exfoliation that leave skin as fresh as the day it was velcroed onto your skull. Using Éminence's organic skincare line, staffers then layer visages in a soothing mask that creates a bright, balanced complexion sealed in with a moisturizing lotion. Moving on to the massage, therapists marshal a series of soothing strokes in Swedish or deep-tissue modalities, fashioning 30 minutes of knot unwinding for backs, leaving them as tension-free as a retired rubber band.
The aestheticians at Toso Skin Care treat both men and women as well as teens, so it's important that they personalize each service. To do so, they incorporate everything from peels and acne treatments to custom facials. Turning their attention to the body, they wax fuzzy skin from brow to toe. The beauty quest doesn't stop at the salon—clients can take home products such as Awakening mineral lotions and costume jewelry sprung from the glitter-covered brain of designer Cookie Lee.
As a young girl in the Philippines, Jennifer Willis watched and took notes as her grandmother helped friends overcome chronic pain with a combination of massage, energy healing, and ancient medical herbs. She carried those memories with her to the United States, calling on them for inspiration as she spent time as a certified nursing assistant before earning a license to practice massage therapy.
Though far removed from her birthplace and the grandmother who first piqued her interest in holistic healing, The Healing Room represents the culmination of Jennifer’s medical journey. A cottage-style building obscured on the outside by a veritable forest of trees and bushes, the center opens its front doors to reveal a lobby decorated with salt lamps and silk throw pillows. The lush foliage outside presses up against the windows of the private treatment rooms, where Jennifer and her team of certified massage therapists, acupuncturists, and reiki healers restore bodies to factory-fresh conditions. Bask in a facial and footbath or surrender your muscles to therapist and martial-arts professional Lowell Noble, who breaks up tension with targeted pressure and deep-tissue karate chops.
Because Victoria Gagnebin is treating the body, she follows the same standard that doctors do: first, do no harm. She practices this mantra by only steeping skin in natural and organic products, thereby sparing clients exposure to chemicals that can take their toll over time. Victoria primarily works with products from Osmosis Skincare, a line that encourages cellular regeneration, but she also handpicks favorites from the collections of other natural skincare companies and the medicine cabinets of grizzly bears with great skin. These elixirs fuel a succinct selection of treatments; face and body waxing joins four facials named after different phases of the moon.
Following in the footsteps of Dr. John C. Lilly’s research in neuropsychiatry, Conscious Drift fills its relaxation studio with modern versions of his sensory-deprivation tanks. Filled with clean water and infused with epsom salts, the chambers can confer benefits for stress, fatigue, and bodily pain. Conscious Drift offers many explanations for the profound effects of its tanks, including theories that the experience frees energy usually spent fighting gravity, activates relaxing brain waves, and transports clients back to the stainless-steel gestation pods where all life begins.
At Spiral Womb Wisdom, massage therapist Christina Ricchi walks alongside women at any point in their life journeys, but she specializes in healing soon-to-be and new mothers. She not only alleviates the stressors of motherhood via pregnancy and postpartum massage, but also helps welcome newborns as a Conscious Birth doula. As a doula, her role in labor is to encourage and motivate women as they experience a natural birthing process.