Rita Ammons still doesn't quite believe it. In 1987, she was in a serious car accident that left her suffering with severe pain from nerve damage. A friend recommended reiki as a healing practice, and within time, Ammons found that it worked—the treatments seemed to heal her. Amazed and inspired, she became a master reiki practitioner herself, eventually expanding her expertise into massage and opening her own practice, Back to Harmony Massage & Bodywork.
Now a licensed massage therapist, Ammons offers treatments in 10 modalities, from relaxing Swedish massages to medical massages that help treat ailments including back pain, headaches, and arthritis. She also seeks to heal guests through reiki and to soothe backs with hot-stone massages, which are far more relaxing than hugging a furnace.
At The Baah Spa, clients are encouraged to relinquish their worries and indulge in an afternoon of escape and self-pampering. Piloting the sojourns into bliss are professional massage practitioners who apply firm pressure, soothing strokes, and hot stones to facilitate relaxation and quiet revelry. The spa offers Swedish, therapeutic, and hot-stone massages, and they combine all three during the spa’s signature massage, which also features the client’s choice of aromatherapy oils.
Quality of Life Massage & Wellness is a destination for those who suffer from issues such as chronic pain, anxiety, and fatigue. Licensed massage therapist Mark DeSantis loosens muscles with deep-tissue massage, swedish massage, and a slew of other modalities.
The mother-daughter team of Alison and Kristen Pope boasts more than 30 years of combined experience in the professional pampering industry and run a. Salon Galleria & Spa with a soft, well-moisturized fist. Though Kristen originally followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a nail technician, she later added licensed cosmetologist, certified massage therapist, and hairstylist to her resume, which explains the lengthy roster of services that the salon boasts. Alison, Kristen, and their staff also host parties for children and adults, sometimes arming older customers with champagne flutes. Visitors can receive hairstyling or makeovers or dip toes into a heated whirlpool tub before each digit submits to buffing, shaping, polishing, and a rigorous cleaning behind their ears.
Within a studio perched above the Other Tiger book store, nationally certified reflexologist Kelly Urso wields more than a decade of experience in manipulating clients' extremities to cultivate whole-body relaxation. During a reflexology session, Kelly delves her digits into pressure points on the soles of feet or the palms of hands to transmit healing energy through the nervous system. A custom aromatherapy blend can enhance calmness as the treatment increases circulation and endeavors to alleviate stress, aches, sinus problems, and the digestive issues that come with reading Ulysses in just one night. Kelly also teaches reflexology courses to prep students for certification, as well as performs reiki treatments and ear candling to clear auras and aural canals.
An ethereal painting of a white-leafed tree adorns one sage-hued wall of the private room, where a bed draped with soft sheets patiently awaits a tenant. A soundtrack of "relaxation music" fills the air with hymn-like vocals or a quiet instrumental hum, over which speakers layer the sound of trickling rain. Thanks to touches like these, the calming ambiance at Balancing Touch Massage starts to soothe away patrons' stress before massages even begin.
But only when massage therapists take charge do muscles truly start to melt. The highly trained staffers attack tension and soreness with customized sessions that include Swedish and deep-tissue modalities. Additionally, they enhance pampering with organic facials and body scrubs.