RVA Massage and Wellness’s staff of certified massage therapists is led by owner Stephanie Quinby, who also serves on the state of Virginia’s Advisory Board on Massage Therapy. Quinby and her staff use a variety of techniques to knead away aches and pains, including therapeutic massage, which can help treat an injury; deep-tissue massage, which can alleviate muscle tightness with intense, localized pressure; and sports massage, which can improve range of motion. The massage therapists believe in the importance of a consultation with every client, as it helps them determine the optimal type of massage.
In Tibet, the word "bardos" means "an interval between two things," an escape from external pressures. Certified massage therapist Jamie LaNeave helps clients suspend day-to-day cares through relaxing, holistic hands-on therapies. Before she became a massage therapist, LaNeave learned the strengths and limitations of the body's muscles and tendons during 25 years as a professional dancer. Armed with this understanding, she sees massage therapy as a way to help the body overcome chronic pain through physical manipulation of soft tissue. All of the practitioners are also trained in neuromuscular therapy and and MediCupping, which can help ease chronic back pain. Most importantly, LaNeave identifies each patient's issues early on and helps build a plan to help them with whatever treatments are necessary. Bardos Massage and Wellness also offers a variety of detox treatments, like far-infrared sauna therapy, as well as raw food nutrition counseling, targeting symptoms depression and chronic pain disorders.
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.
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.
A certified massage therapist for more than 10 years, Scot Meissner administers his masterful, soothing strokes at his studio, Zen Massage Therapy. His gentle Swedish sessions increase circulation and relieve stress, even more so when he incorporates hot stones warmed to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. For clients with specific injuries, such as chronic back pain or muscle tears, Scot conducts a custom medical massage, designed to target and knead away those discomforts. His sports massages ready athletes for major contests by loosening muscles, which helps boost flexibility.
Licensed massage therapist Allison Tilden promotes the body’s natural healing abilities through soothing massage strokes. She specializes in deep-tissue and trigger-point therapy—a method that helps reeducate the muscles to reduce pain and spasms. Her other modalities cater to each client’s specific needs, such as improving athletic performance with a sports massage or diffusing stress with heated stones.