Retta Flagg was introduced to the reparative benefits of massage while recovering from a back injury. Once she was back in tip-top shape, Retta decided to pursue a career in massage therapy, focusing her initial training on styles designed to treat injuries and chronic pain. Only a few years after completing massage school in 1986, she started a 10-year career teaching neuromuscular technique at the very same institution she attended—the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy.
Retta now owns and operates The Healing Touch, a place that clients frequent for stress-relieving treatments ranging from Swedish and pregnancy massages to paraffin therapy baths and onsite corporate chair massages. All the wellness center's therapists are graduates of accredited schools, boast more than 600 hours of training, and actively improve their skills through continuing education and thumb-wrestling tournaments.
While some spas claim to be relaxing, Spa Jema goes above and beyond, aiming to become a tranquil urban oasis for its clients. Sleek hardwood floors fill the 5,000-square-foot space, through the lounge and treatment rooms equipped with brick fireplaces, candles, and couches, which give off a homey vibe not unlike that of grandma’s Ouija board. Their services augment the calming atmosphere and include fruit-filled facials, deep-tissue massages, and pampering spa packages.
Premier Salon and Spa's stylists have studied hair and beauty in New York City, London, and Paris, but clients don't just come for the team's worldly talents?they also come for the view. Perched 11 stories high inside Macy's Department Store, the space features private styling rooms that offer exclusive peeks at the cityscape and the bald spots of passing pedestrians.
Wielding products from Aveda, Pureology, and Goldwell, the stylists fashion bold cuts and brilliant highlights?services that earned the salon multiple awards from Citysearch. Meanwhile, soothing ambient music fills private suites during massages, waxing services, and customized Dermalogica facials.
Guests of all ages, genders, and nationalities regularly stop into Dream Weavers Massage, Spa, and Tanning for soothing massages that can incorporate numerous specialized modalities. After instilling a whole-body sense of relaxation with gentle Swedish strokes or warm stones, specialists begin incorporating client-requested enhancements ranging from vigorous deep-tissue kneads to hand-softening paraffin dips. Guests also visit the spa for UV or UV-free tans, rejuvenating facials, and the removal of unwanted hairs and tusks via wax or laser.
The staffers at Ross Massage tailor treatments to each body, reducing stress via one-hour massages and facials. Ross’s signature Sense facial targets visible signs of aging, moisturizing the skin to hinder redness and sensitivity. The visage revamping also aims to bolster blood circulation more effectively than running laps around the inside of a Gravitron. One-hour massages could integrate a number of techniques, such as hot stone, Swedish, sports, prenatal, or deep tissue, to relax the body and ease pain. Foot massages rely on reflexology, which targets reflex points in order to engender wide-ranging health benefits and imbue the ability to walk on Jello.
Largely focusing on trigger-point therapy, the certified massage therapists at Body By Design work to lessen the pain caused by muscular issues, ranging from headaches to postural problems. A wide variety of modalities aims to to address an even wider variety of ailments, like simple tension.