Cynthia, the licensed massage therapist behind Cyn's RelaxZen Massage Boutique, helps her guests leave the sterile, fluorescent-light-tinged world of the office behind. She works in a massage room adorned with leopard-print drapes and verdant plants. These decorations surround a massage table dressed in zebra-print sheets and a furry blanket, where she mends ailing muscles with her own custom blend of massage techniques. Cynthia also draws on an array of modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and trigger-point massage. She soothes tired hands and feet with acupressure and reflexology; cossets clients at all stages of life with infant, prenatal, and geriatric massage; and adds complimentary aromatherapy to all sessions lasting an hour or more.
When she isn't kneading knots out, Cynthia uses her skills to bring recuperation to parties and events. She also helps clients detox and relax in her spa room, which features an infrared sauna, a shower, and the most zen thing there is: an entire village of perfectly potty-trained newborn puppies.
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For an additional fee, guests at The Mona Lisa Day Spa & Salon can opt to slip into a hydrotherapy tub or watch their once shy pores open in an aromatherapy steam room before any service begins. As soothing music placates ears and soft lighting makes everyone look more attractive, the spa's team of expert aestheticians melds Western and Eastern techniques. Warm wax gently removes hair from the body, and Japanese-inspired body treatments incorporate cherry blossom, rice-powder exfoliation, and a reflexology massage. Facials purify and nourish skin with Eco-Cert organic plant-derived ingredients and European techniques, and cosmetic services, such as makeup application and eyelash extensions, further beautify bodies. The Mona Lisa also offers massage packages which also allow individuals or couples the chance to pamper themselves and enjoy a day of relaxation.
Annalisa Derryberry, LMT, brings a longtime interest in yoga and alternative healing methods into her bodywork sessions, which include her specialty, Thai massage. A combination of acupressure, energy work, and yoga-like stretching, this technique works to ease muscle tension and balance the body's energy flow. Like bath time in Puritan households, Thai massage requires participants to be fully clothed. She also performs more traditional massages, including deep-tissue and relaxation, as well as Thai foot reflexology.
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Massages don't always require a table. At her studio inside Treetop Massage, licensed massage therapist and certified Thai massage practitioner Nina Lombardo begins each session by asking clients to lie down on a padded floor mat. She then combines elements of yoga, acupressure, and massage to guide recipients through stretches and compressions that decrease aches and anxiety. Optional Thai herbal bundles further soothe the senses with hot or cold temperatures intermingled with inviting aromas such as sage and chamomile. Nina also frequently partners with her teacher, Ariela Grodner, for double-practitioner massages, an easier alternative to scouring the world for a four-armed massage therapist.
Even before Mark Fitch became a licensed massage therapist, he was known as the go-to guy for friends in need of a massage. His interest in the technique began while he was traveling the world and studying music therapy. This led to learning about holistic healing, which ushered him to practicing massage therapy. He specializes in custom bodywork to treat such ailments as chronic back pain, tendinitis, carpal-tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, and a variety of other ailments.
Gerald Roach spent a decade serving his country in the US Army?including a stint in Afghanistan?by dispensing supplies and operating heavy construction equipment. Since then, he earned his massage license and joined forces with the American Massage Therapy Association to defeat ailments with relaxing, healing techniques. He draws on an arsenal of modalities such as therapeutic, deep-tissue, chair, pregnancy, and holistic massage.