The eponymous and licensed massage therapist Mark Liskey helms Mark Liskey Massage, where he utilizes his own brand of massage therapy. Named PressurePerfect, his massage techniques emphasize deep relaxation and pain relief via customized strokes and pressure. Liskey also offers neuromuscular massage, which uses a combination of gliding and pressing motions to treat tight muscle spots.
Gateway Bodyworks owner Lisa Firey believes deeply in the power of holistic treatments, as she has seen remarkable results firsthand. When her beloved dog, Porter, came down with an immune disease, doctors attempted to treat the symptoms with Western medicine. She suspected the medicines were weakening Porter’s immune system, so she began to research alternative methods. Soon she was treating her dog with vitamin C, nasturtium, and dandelion root, as well as massage. This method reenergized Porter and prolonged his life. Impassioned by this discovery, Lisa went on to earn a degree in muscle therapy and is now pursuing a doctorate in natural health.
Today, Lisa employs a staff of 20 experts to practice holistic healing methods. Within her garage-turned-spa space, her team focuses on acupuncture, bodywork, and massage. During reflexology treatments, therapists push pressure points on the feet, relieving stress and removing stuck-on shoe inserts. Acupuncturists treat everything from fatigue to autoimmune disorders and suggest herbal remedies. Alternatively, massage therapists use the long, languid strokes of the Swedish modality, and can also alleviate pain related to sports injuries, pregnancy, and postpregnancy. To round out the center, Lisa also set up a yoga studio with classes such as Hatha, Mommy & Me, and Kundalini.
La Simpatica Salon's owner, stylist, and makeup artist, Courtney Lewis, applies her 10 years of experience beautifying celebrities and hosts for VH1, MTV, movies, and music videos to help noncelebrity clients to achieve red-carpet-worthy looks. Courtney douses patrons' manes with only the finest all-organic products culled from the tears of Mother Earth and dusts visages in mineral foundation, which blends seamlessly with natural skin tones. Before administering her signature hair services or makeup applications, Courtney consults with guests about their expectations. Those looking to pull off a specific look can bring in a photograph of the desired style or simply describe the look through a game of charades.
CoreFit Training Studio's inclusive environment combines old-school exercise philosophies with modern training methods to help patrons sculpt strong, lean physiques. Studio owner and certified fitness instructor Liz Gilinger specializes in functional training techniques that use weighted kettlebells, cross-training, and Pilates to work the whole body, including all the muscles used to wrestle mermaids on their home turf. Her supporting cast of dedicated trainers is trained and certified in a range of specialized modalities such as hot yoga, suspension training, and dance-inspired Zumba.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Signature Service: 90 minute Swedish/Deep Tissue Combo
Brands Used: Biotone Lotion, Bon Vital Coconut Oil
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are located inside the CoreFit Training Studios.