Getting a massage isn't just an indulgence for Michelle Alvermann. It also inspires her to be a better practitioner. It reminds her of the importance of helping her clients feel great, whether they come to her seeking pain management or to curb anxiety, sleeplessness, or muscles that squish when you walk. She performs six different modalities, such as deep-tissue, pregnancy, and cranial-sacral therapy, in private rooms with soft music.
Massage therapists Kenyata and Shelley indulge beleaguered bodies with a diverse menu of muscle manipulations and remedies for wellness. One-hour muscle massages bestow energy and banish tension, with the Swedish massage relaxing limbs into limp noodles and eradicating stress-filled meatballs. A heady cocktail of essential oils and mixed head-to-toe massage techniques envelop the senses in The Aromatherapy Ritual, whereas the warm stones massage uses small, rounded river rocks to simulate the feeling of heavy-footed toddlers walking on one’s back. Pregnancy and deep-tissue sessions complete the roster of back-bolstering options.
Island Therapeutic Massage's founder and owner, Victoria, believes that massage can be part of a daily or weekly de-stressing regimen, rather than just a once-in-a-while indulgence. At her massage center's two locations, she and her team work to stimulate circulation, fend off disease, and bring balance to their clients' bodies with an array of soothing modalities.
Among the most popular of these modalities, Swedish and deep-tissue massages uncoil sinews and reduce stress with varying levels of pressure. Therapeutic massage, trigger-point therapy, and sports massage focus more on specific ailments, targeting headaches and chronic pain from injuries on the field or in the workplace. Another specialty modality, pregnancy massage, helps expectant mothers and babies cope with the stress of hormonal changes and rigid nine-month deadlines. To ramp up your relaxation, request body scrubs and aromatherapy with nonscented or Young Living essential oils.
When Donna Boyd massages her clients, she isn't focused on merely treating their symptoms, but on treating the core problems that create those symptoms. At Donna's Heavenly Massage, the certified massage therapist blends more than five modalities, including elements of Swedish and sports massage, to knead each guest's muscles. Those sessions result in myriad benefits, from relieving lower-back pain and lessening anxiety to improving circulation and joint flexibility. Donna conducts her appointments in a warm, comfortable space made all the more soothing by gentle background music and optional aromatherapy at no extra charge.
Mes Amis's experienced cosmetinauts and hairsplorers will work with you to craft a look that not only says "you" but says "hey, you beautiful thing, how you doing?" After your cut, salve the jealousy your feet must be feeling with a soothing pedicure. Soaked in silky emollients, your feet will drink deeply and then lie limply during their subsequent cuticle conditioning, exfoliation, and callus removal. Like any good Bollywood movie, there's a happy ending: a calf massage, nail polish, and a last-minute wedding.
The bodywork experts at Serenity Massage pamper clients with an array of massage modalities that each have their own unique healing properties. Sports massage targets an athlete?s overused muscles or old jai alai injuries, whereas prenatal massage helps mothers-to-be find relief from their heavy load. Japanese shiatsu incorporates focused finger pressure to banish muscle knots, and Hawaiian lomilomi uses the therapist's hands, forearms, and even feet to facilitate healing. Traditional Swedish massage relaxes muscles with smooth, gliding strokes, and cranial-sacral therapy drives away stress by manipulating the bones in the head and spine.