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.
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.
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.
A background in dance gives nationally certified massage therapist Cade Holmseth in-depth knowledge of the human muscular system. This comes in handy during custom treatments, in which he uses a variety of techniques?including shiatsu therapy?to get to the root of clients' ailments and usher in long-term health and well-being. He also taps into his training as an aerialist to tailor exercise plans, and advises clients on which essential oils can bolster their health.
Massage Xcape's massage therapists practice a variety of massage modalities: they're skilled at prenatal, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques, for example. But their main specialty is Swedish relaxation massages designed to put the body and mind at ease. Patrons can also add on pampering details such as hot towels or soothing aromatherapy scents, or unwind in the Lexington Avenue location's sauna. As an added convenience, the practice holds extended evening hours.
Trained massage therapist Sharon Madison incorporates more than 20 years of experience—including time spent working for the University of Minnesota Athletic Division—into each treatment she performs at Heart and Soul Bodywork. Offering custom massage, energy-work, and spa-detox treatments, she is well versed in myofascial-release, trigger-point, and hot-stone therapies as well as acupressure and reflexology. Madison also brings bodies back into balance with the reinvigorating powers of reiki energy work, and sports massages reduce the pain and swelling athletes may experience after doing arm curls with the Stanley Cup.