Whereas most people enjoy retirement by relaxing, Mary Lou Boyle has enjoyed hers by helping others relax. By transitioning from her radio job to her current role at Saving Face Skin Care and Massage, Boyle returned to her original career path: More than three decades ago, she opened and operated one of Oviedo?s first full-service salons. Years later, she garnered more experience as a cosmetologist at an upscale salon, where she also delved into aesthetics. Boyle left for a stint in media and, after retirement in 2008, opened Saving Face. Now, equipped with years of experience and a license in massage therapy, she along with a team of therapists relieves pain and tension through massage therapy and rejuvenates skin with a collection of facials.
Emboldened by her training at High-Tech Institute, Sarah Elliott set out to ease her clients' tension and help them regain bodily harmony by opening her own studio in the Serenity Center. As guests recline on a microfiber blanket in a private, candlelit massage room, Sarah mends muscles with an array of soothing massage modalities, some of which incorporate essential oils and hot stones. During integrated-massage sessions, she combines Swedish relaxation techniques with trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, and stretching to loosen muscles and subdue pain. As a prenatal-certified therapist, Sarah can also treat expectant mothers suffering from nausea, back pain, and stress through targeted kneading. Regular recipients of massage therapy often cite a host of benefits, such as better sleep, improved concentration, and the ability to finish friends’ sentences for them.
Hand & Stone's licensed staff of aestheticians and muscle therapists relaxes ligaments and purifies pores with a variety of massages (a $79.95 value/session) and signature facials (a $79.95 value/session). Monthly kneading sessions may increase alertness, relieve anxiety, and improve one's attitude toward segway cops who don't use turn signals. The season of stress-busting marks three custom massages on your corporeal calendar, offering a choice of Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, and other styles to suit variously beleaguered bods.
At Motherlove Massage, clients don't have to be a king, queen, or even potty-trained to experience the royal treatment. The Motherlove staff specializes in working with the entire family, whether infants, parents, or the mini-fridge that always gets chilly and wears dad's cardigan. Pamela, to name one of their licensed massage therapists, draws from 20 years of experience. On top of their standard adult-catered massages—such as relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone—some of Motherlove's therapists are trained as doulas and proficient in pre- and post-natal massage. Their varied expertise allows the staff to assist individuals through all stages of life, and along the way maintain sound health, inner balance, and harmony through massage therapy.
While they specialize in massage, it would be erroneous to say The Massage Center's therapists only do one thing. Their fingers can knead and stroke to the tune of 14 massage modalities, each one carefully administered to render specific benefits.
It's not hard to figure out what the massages accomplish, since the center gives each treatment an easy to remember name. For example, "My Vacation" is just that: an escape into the massage room for a light, Swedish massage focused on relieving stress. During "Rainy Day" treatments, essential oils drop onto the body, while the "Aroma Delight Relaxation" treatments fill the massage room with soothing scents. Other massages focus on specific types of clients, like athletes or expectant mothers. During the "Baby on Board" massage, therapists address lower back pain, swelling in the legs, and other issues for women from the second trimester to six months after birth, when a child can finally leave for college.
At Simple Healing Touch Massage, the massage therapists ease tension and stress with a variety of massage modalities. Swedish massages boost oxygen flow and circulation and decrease muscle toxins thanks to the massage therapist's long, gliding strokes in the direction of blood flowing back to the heart. Deep-tissue massages are similar, but focus on the deepest layers of muscle tissue to relieve chronic pain. Clients can also indulge in hot-stone massages, which employ smooth, water-heated stones?rather than rocks from the studio's backyard volcano?to ease stiff muscles. In addition, the studio offers bodywork sessions specifically for athletes, pregnant women, and seniors.