Just two options are on the menu at Elite Massage Therapies of Richmond: a 60-minute massage and a 90-minute massage. This is because the therapists do not limit their massages by specific modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, or Whack-A-Mole. Instead, after a consultation with the client, the therapist borrows from all modalities to customize each session to the client's needs, ranging from simple relaxation to relief from a sports injury or repetitive movement.
Affordable Spa Services is home to a staff of 9 nationally and state certified massage therapists, who mollify sinews with an array of tenderizing modalities. During hot-stone massage, gentle hands soothe tense tissues with Swedish techniques while warm lava rocks loosen muscle fibers. Reflexology relieves tension and stimulates energy throughout the body by focusing on the head, ears, hands, and feet, and trigger-point therapy removes the toxins that can cause poor circulation and migraines. When melting muscles during the soul-soothing massages, the staff melts inches off the body with skinny wraps, a 45-minute service that tightens, tones, and firms the skin to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Customers may either have this service performed in the spa or they can purchase a wrap to perform the service at home. Additionally, therapists slather backs with detoxifying mud, target dry skin and arthritis with vitamin-rich paraffin wax, and erase scowl lines with comedic pieing.
Though licensed massage therapist Sarah Hodges lets her practiced hands do the talking for the most part, she maintains that open communication is an essential aspect of a rewarding massage experience. Before quieting chronic pain and loosening tense muscles with modalities that include Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, and trigger-point therapy, Sarah gets to know her clients during informal consultations. After identifying the techniques that will best heal their sore muscles or self-inflicted nunchuck injuries, she turns on soft music, dims the lights, and sets to work.
Sarah picks up the conversation again after the massage, when she describes the treatment she used, discusses her findings, and shares some at-home techniques for further stress relief. She makes sure that her clients leave not only with a loose body but with bolstered spirits and an informed picture of their healing process.
Life Color Contempo Day Spa is a one-stop shop for clients' beauty needs. Facials refurbish sensitive and combination skin with rebalancing cleansers and gentle masks. Other face-improving services include teeth whitening, wrinkling-blasting Botox injections, and eyelash extensions. Spray tans imbue bodies with an all-over glow, and rapid weight-loss treatments help reshape physiques.
Proprietor Mercedes Branch and her team of trained nail technicians pamper paws, scrubbing, trimming, and polishing fingernails to perfection. Each 60-minute manicure starts with a skin-softening soak, followed by a scrub to soothe digits and buff away negative thoughts. Next, a mask is applied to leave hard-wiggling fingers as flawless as a diamond's dream of a utopian society. After warming mitten-fillers in hot towels, Perception's technicians snip, buff, and shine nails to a dazzling tee. Finally, fingertips are painted in a new, vibrant shade with a chip-free shellac polish, strong enough to last up to 14 days through typing, waving, or gloveless walks in sandstorms.
Massage therapy is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. With her experience working everywhere from hotel spas to sports-focused chiropractic centers, Hilary Rinsland recognizes the role that massage can play in relaxing overstressed muscles, relieving chronic pain, or addressing any number of holistic concerns. Hilary's certification in numerous therapeutic modalities allows her to better identify a client's particular needs to determine the most-fitting techniques from her arsenal of careful kneading and direct-pressure maneuvers. Deep-tissue strokes and trigger-point therapy can unfurl tightly knotted muscles, but Hilary can also rely on centuries-old Thai massage techniques as she restores energetic balance throughout the body. Although light oils and massage lotions can accentuate the modalities' effects, Hilary also plays soft music from time to time, which allows clients to either relax or sing along to remixed versions of presidential debates.