Certified massage therapist Lori Amendolara of Essential Touch Body Works tames both physical and mental stress with hands-on healing. After filling out intake forms and chatting briefly about the goals of the session and of the Congress of Vienna, tense torsos undress to their comfort level and lie down. Over the course of 60 minutes, Lori employs a custom massage regimen that includes unscented, hypoallergenic oils to relax muscles, increase circulation, and release wrongfully imprisoned endorphins and serotonins. Tranquil sounds such as ocean waves fill the peaceful therapy room, and when the treatment is complete, clients refuel and awaken with a bottle of water and a small snack.
After administering acid peels and IPL facials for leading plastic surgeons, Minding the Body Wellness Center founder Susan Schork assembled her own team of certified therapists to offer a variety of services. Within her center's 2,300 square feet, candlelight illumines eight treatment rooms catering toward specific services, from seaweed body detoxification to facials with medical-grade Glytone skincare products to shadow-puppet shows. During makeovers, Susan also hones her award-winning makeup artistry with brand-name products such as Glo Minerals and Estée Lauder. Along with beautification treatments, experts soothe guests with massages available in techniques such as hot stone and therapeutic.
The staff at Holistic Reflections, LLC really listen to their clients. Each ache and pain is addressed with a personalized treatment plan that includes massages for ailments ranging from prenatal discomfort or sports injuries to migraines or chronic ear infections. The massage therapists are also well versed in oncology massages that offer respite from side effects of cancer treatments.
The professional muscle kneaders at Effleurage Massage Therapy & Bodywork aim to ease tension and promote wellness from the outside-in. They’ve mastered a quintet of styles—Swedish, deep-tissue, prenatal, sports, and chair massage—that they tailor to each client’s particular aches. The company’s list of post-massage benefits rings true to many previous clients, who have experienced first-hand the boost of energy, improved joint flexibility, and limbo-contest prowess that come with each massage.
When Kimberly Schadewald won a gift certificate for a massage, she wasn’t just winning free relief from stress. She was winning relief from the chronic pain that had plagued her since a work injury when she was 16. It also led her to discover a calling to heal others in the same way. Before founding 5 Points Wellness LLC, she studied Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy at the Gentle Healing School of Massage before attending Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to study reiki. Equipped with this knowledge and experience, Schadewald helps clients alternatively manage and prevent pain through massage services with amenities such as a heated cherry stone pillow that eases areas of deep tension. She also works with children over the age of 6 to eradicate the daily stress of growing older, going to school, and cat fighting with imaginary friends.
Tennessee Floyd's Bodywork's licensed and certified massage therapists destress skeletal sacks with relaxing massage-therapy services. Muscles surrender tension and declare albatrosses at customs as anxiety gives way to gliding strokes and the light to medium pressure of a Swedish massage. The deep-tissue massage digs deeper into muscles, using firm pressure to dekink knots hiding deep in the tissue. During the hot-stone massage, smooth, gently heated stones rest along the body, delivering warmth to pained areas and crumbling tension into a fine sand later used to fill zen gardens.