Marie Loranger takes on aches and pains with a pair of well-trained hands. Her deft fingers deploy modalities ranging from the gentle kneading of Swedish massage to the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage, depending on the needs of the client. Marie also handles other healing traditions, such as ear candling and stretching, the latter of which incorporates stretching and pressure on the whole body.
Although Marie currently works inside a room at Exotic Image Tanning and Massage Spa, the inspiration for her business name comes from her plans to take her massages on the road. Soon, she will be pulling into home driveways or office parking lots where she can perform her massages in a dimly lit, temperature-controlled room.
Diane Tellier will walk all over you. Gripping overhead bars for balance, she performs ashiatsu massage, kneading her clients' backs with her bare feet for extra firm pressure. This helps keep bodies limber and pain-free, as does a host of yoga classes inside The Place's quaint, airy studio. The sessions cater to all skill levels, whether you're just beginning, dropping in for a yoga dance session, or trying out for the Downward Facing Dog in the local production of 101 Dalmatians. In addition to yoga and ashiatsu massge, The Place also offers modalities such as craniosacral therapy and Reiki.
Nationally licensed massage therapist Jessica Moore knows something about stress. A former advertiser and marketer, she left the high-speed world of business to help people who are still a part of it relax from tension that compounds daily and weekly. She erases this tension and muscular soreness with different types of massages. Many of these modalities—such as Swedish and deep-tissue—rely on traditional hands-on strokes designed to boost circulation and root out embedded knots.
The licensed therapists and technicians at Creative Strands Hair & Bodyworks excavate stress and instill beauty with a wide spectrum of salon and spa services. During massages, muscle manipulators call upon therapeutic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to untie knotted muscles in shoulders, backs, and vestigial dorsal fins. Unwanted hairs succumb to swathes of warm wax, and exfoliating microdermabrasion facials leave skin as smooth as Casanova’s answering-machine greeting.
At Elements, you don't need spelunking gear and bat repellant to be considered a "caver." The staff applies the term to those who regularly visit its artificial salt cave—a grotto lined with pink Himalayan salt and lounge chairs. The salt dispenses particles into the air that potentially soothe the skin and combat respiratory ailments, such as congestion and asthma. And, by mimicking a natural cave, the room falls in line with the spa's eco-friendly motif. This focus on the environment pervades all of their treatments, paying homage to the elements of earth, water, wood, metal, and fire.
A wet room, complete with a vichy shower and soaking tub, best embody the "water" aspect, whereas skin and massage services incorporate the remainder of the elements. Aestheticians light up complexions with products from Naturopathica Holistic Skin Care, applying extracts of alpine willow, rosemary, and chamomile to fight the signs of acne and rosacea. Massage therapists, meanwhile, customize their kneads to the unique aches of each client. They might untie muscular knots with help from Mexican beach stones, or conduct an ashiatsu massage with their bare feet, the best tools for conducting deep-tissue work behind jackhammers set to "gentle."
Vera Reed, a licensed massage therapist, is the wellness equivalent of a one-stop shop. In addition to mastering shiatsu, lymphatic drainage, energy balancing, reflexology, and other techniques over the past decade, she’s dived into dietary and herbal studies. This makes it possible for her to provide holistic treatments for the whole body, rather than just one system or two really small toes.
In addition to caring for her patients with organic products, Vera and the staff of Body Nutrients also take care of the planet. Their efforts have resulted in the offset of nearly 2,000,000 pounds of CO2, over 16,000 pounds of waste kept from landfills, and the planting of over 1,000 trees.