Owner Tiffany Strauser oversees a team of fellow bodywork experts at Too Good To Be True Massages, an oasis of hands-on pampering and relaxation. These licensed therapists offer traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages; prenatal massages for expectant mothers; and couples massages for partners in love—or partners in crime. Indian head massages focus on the nerve endings above the neck, and reiki sessions help restore depleted energy stores.
Licensed massage therapist Retna Riggio considers herself a healer in every sense of the word. Her treatments aim to relieve daily stress and anxiety, and in doing so, prevent the development of stress-related diseases. The experienced therapist can perform styles that range from classic Swedish massage to a more intensive sports massage that targets injuries sustained while hoisting referees and throwing them into the stands.
As a personal trainer, qi gong and yoga instructor, and physical-therapist assistant, Ken has developed a broad and intuitive understanding of the human body. He brings all this knowledge—plus more than 15 years of massage experience—to bear during soothing sessions at STL Massage and Health. There, Ken and his team of qualified massage therapists tackle muscular knots with a wide variety of modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages.
In 2004, Rhonda Larkins underwent a lumbar laminectomy to fix a herniated disc, an injury she obtained while working as a package handler. Even after the surgery, she was left with pain and a lingering numbness in her left leg. Though physical therapy helped, she noticed that she felt particularly good after getting a massage. This observation led her to study Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy—a type of massage in which the practitioner uses bare feet to deliver flowing, effleurage strokes—under the practice’s founder, Ruthie Piper Hardee. Rhonda is currently on the mastery level of this modality.
At Prolong Symmetry, Rhonda and her team of licensed massage therapists specialize in more than 10 types of massage. Services range from more traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages to Hawaiian lomi-lomi, an ancient healing practice during which therapists stimulate the body’s pressure points with their thumbs, elbows, and thoughts on early Dada filmmaking.
Soft music fills the private treatment rooms at Touch of Class Massage & Wellness Services as massage therapists tailor kneads to clients’ unique concerns. They pull from modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone to melt away stresses and increase circulation. In addition to in-office and mobile massage and body work sessions, the staff offers It Works’ line of slimming body wraps, supplements, and skincare products.
Sunflower Massage Studio isn't just a relaxing refuge from the everyday—as a local business, it's also a refuge from the revolving-door approach of chain massage studios. This means that in addition to a tension-relieving massage, customers get a bounty of other thoughtful amenities, such as a 30-minute buffer zone before and after the massage to give client and therapist time to wind down and discuss the session. It also means the therapists won't pressure their clients to choose a massage modality, as every session is customized to their individual needs. Of course, add-ons such as hot stones and aromatherapy are available, as well as specialty styles such as prenatal, myofascial-release, and sports massage, which helps athletes' muscles recover from sporting events and emotions recover from tense exchanges with referees.