Ray Boucher, the licensed massage therapist at Zen to You, is passionate about improving the health and happiness of his clients through massage therapy. He focuses on each individual’s needs, whether it’s more convenient to receive a hot-stone massage at home from his mobile-massage service, or visit Z Spa in Palm Harbor, where Ray untangles muscular knots in a soothing, private treatment room. Specializing in Swedish and sports massage, as well as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release, Ray also incorporates passive stretching, trigger-point therapy, and muscle-energy techniques. He customizes each session to focus on problem areas and the release of chronically held stress.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5- to 15-minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Board-certified chiropractor Dr. Jason Hurley helms Motion Council, where he and his team work to alleviate pains and issues through motion and physicality treatments. They offer services such as chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling.
Occupying 22 sprawling acres of Tampa Bay coastline, Safety Harbor Resort & Spa combines the leisure of a luxury resort with the peaceful release of a day spa. A pack of 10 resort day passes provides unlimited access to the 50,000 square feet of recently renovated resort, spa, and fitness facilities for a full face-wallop's worth of relaxation. Three pools offer aquatic opportunities for every temperament. A fitness center is stocked to the muscle-bound rafters with cardio and weight equipment, and group classes take place daily, with 78 classes available each week. Clean and spacious men's and women's locker rooms give guests a chance to wind down in privacy after schvitzing within the confines of a sauna or steam room. The 10 passes can be used by one person over the course of 10 separate days, or shared with nine companions chanting "number nine" in a vaguely British monotone.
Heather S. Kuczer's career was inspired by her experiences as a chronic back- and neck-pain sufferer. After years of trying to cover up her symptoms with medication, she decided to explore alternative forms of treatment and soon found herself pursuing her massage license in order to help others find relief from pain, anxiety, and stress. In 1996 she started Safety Harbor Therapeutic Massage Center, where she is now joined by a group of licensed, experienced massage therapists who also dole out relaxing treatments such as aromatherapy massage and warm footbaths. The center's specialties are naturally geared toward therapeutic work including neuromuscular and sports massages, which focus on soothing the ails of consummate athletes and soccer balls tired of being kicked around.