As a cancer survivor, massage therapist Barbara L. Elsenpeter sees her healing touch as more than just a way to unwind. While her menu of massage services undoubtedly leaves clients feeling pampered, she gears them to achieve a range of beneficial effects, such as greater energy, improved circulation, and enhanced immunity. Her specialty oncology massage is designed to help cancer patients control the aches and pains associated with their illness.
Jamie Wiley of aafusion Spa Salon has packed a wealth of training into her five years of experience as a stylist. After earning her associate degree in cosmetology, she went on to train with Pureology, Redken, and Matrix. But, recently, she started educating others on behalf of Pureology, traveling around the country and focusing all her efforts on hair—just like an ‘80s rock star. Jamie's skills have particular sharpness in the areas of design cutting, formal finishing, and dimensional color.
The bodywork experts at Serenity Massage pamper clients with an array of massage modalities that each have their own unique healing properties. Sports massage targets an athlete’s overused muscles or old jai alai injuries, whereas prenatal massage helps mothers-to-be find relief from their heavy load. Japanese shiatsu incorporates focused finger pressure to banish muscle knots, and Hawaiian lomilomi uses the therapist's hands, forearms, and even feet to facilitate healing. Traditional Swedish massage relaxes muscles with smooth, gliding strokes, and cranial-sacral therapy drives away stress by manipulating the bones in the head and spine.
Massage Xcape's massage therapists practice a variety of massage modalities: they're skilled at prenatal, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques, for example. But their main specialty is Swedish relaxation massages designed to put the body and mind at ease. Patrons can also add on pampering details such as hot towels or soothing aromatherapy scents, or unwind in the Lexington Avenue location's sauna. As an added convenience, the practice holds extended evening hours.
When Donna Boyd massages her clients, she isn't focused on merely treating their symptoms, but on treating the core problems that create those symptoms. At Donna's Heavenly Massage, the certified massage therapist blends more than five modalities, including elements of Swedish and sports massage, to knead each guest's muscles. Those sessions result in myriad benefits, from relieving lower-back pain and lessening anxiety to improving circulation and joint flexibility. Donna conducts her appointments in a warm, comfortable space made all the more soothing by gentle background music and optional aromatherapy at no extra charge.
From its location inside Sola Salon, L'amour Massage is dedicated to boosting clients' mental and physical well-being at the same time. The spa's therapists specialize in massage techniques, and employ three main modalities. Swedish massages use long, gentle strokes to wipe away tension, while warming deep-tissue massages consist of heightened pressure and more vigorous kneading. For aromatherapy sessions, therapists augment relaxing strokes with the use of floral and herbaceous essential oils that come with the added benefit of throwing any nearby raccoons off the your scent.