Joe Linn wanted things to change; after dealing with the stress of working in a kitchen for 17 years, he'd grown weary of the daily grind. While he pondered his next move, he continued pursuing one of his favorite hobbies: massage. It only took a few more amateur bodywork sessions for the light to go on. With skilled hands and a drive to learn more, Joe realized he could turn his pastime into a full-fledged livelihood. The pieces fell into place soon after. Joe enrolled in a formal massage training program, studying the nuances of Swedish massage. That was back in 2002. More than a decade later, Joe puts these lessons into practice as a licensed massage therapist, soothing aches and pains during mysofascial release, prenatal massage, and deep-tissue work.
The skilled technicians at Maya's Massage Therapy and Willowbend Natural Medicine take a holistic approach to evicting stress from the body and mind. Backs melt under the soothing hands of massage therapist Maya Nicholls, who specializes in releasing chronic tension from musculature. Light Swedish strokes send clients drifting off to the clouds, and deep-tissue manipulations delve far beneath the body's surface to suss out secret stress colonies. Maya customizes each treatment to counteract individual ailments or work around the fact that a client is handcuffed to a hang glider, and she accents muscle maneuverings with a splash of therapeutic-grade essential oils that augment the healing process and produce aromatic scents.
Though Maya's Massage Therapy’s team of licensed therapists is more than proficient in traditional treatments, such as hot-stone and pregnancy massage, its wheelhouse is therapeutic massage. The unusual massage modality pulls techniques from other styles, including deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massage. This allows the therapist to fully customize therapeutic massages to accommodate clients’ needs, trouble spots, and whether they have one head or two. Sessions can also be bolstered with therapeutic-grade essential oils, which are meant to enhance the healing properties of the massage while also pleasing the olfactory system and moisturizing skin.
The spa's private treatment rooms put guests at ease, with subtle décor and soft lighting that evokes the comforts of home. But it's the spa’s soothing treatments that really make a difference in clients’ wellbeing. Reflexologists aim to eviscerate tension by honing in on specific pressure points in the hands and feet. When the back needs attention, massage therapists use Swedish and deep-tissue massages to gently knudge knots into loosening.
MoonEssence rejuvenation artists treat tangled tresses to coif-refining haircuts ($45–$75) and melt maligned muscles with relaxing massages; modalities include sports, deep-tissue, and Swedish ($75–$85). Today’s Groupon can also be used toward MoonEssence’s handmade, homemade, cruelty-free beauty products, such as organic body moisturizers ($12.99), fruitatious organic soaps ($7.99), and facial-care products ($22.99–$49.99) that will make your body feel like a newly constructed bliss temple, helping skin look its healthiest and bodies feel like bodies of younger humans.
At Perfect Day Massage, certified muscle menders customize massages to each client’s desires and corporeal cues, enhancing treatments with aromatherapy and gliding hot stones. Sessions may cycle through a number of modalities, from the stress-relieving strokes and kneads of Swedish massage to the therapeutic techniques of deep tissue and reflexology. Clients can choose from a number of all-natural essential oils, each equipped with fragrant aromas, distinct cleansing, and curative properties that can help clear respiratory passages, soothe irritations, or wash away lingering bacteria and clingy personal assistants. Therapists then skate soothing hot stones across sore backs, softening taut tendons. Upon request, sessions can conclude with tips on easing everyday discomfort through simple life changes, such as drinking tea or cushioning insoles with heaps of cotton candy.