Simply Massage’s therapists and aestheticians pay attention to the little things. Having already mastered massage techniques that cater to a wide range of ailments, the therapists turn their focus to the intangible elements that add up to a stress-melting spa experience. Before starting the clock on a reiki or deep-tissue massage, for example, they wait until their clients are fully unclothed and ready—this small courtesy ensures a full 60 or 90 minutes of hands-on therapy.
Not to be outdone by their therapist counterparts, the spa’s aestheticians enhance facial peels and other treatments with bottomless hot towels and bottled water. They exclusively use Nufree—a soy-based, nonsticking alternative to wax—when removing hair from hard-to-reach Brazilian areas or harder-to-reach Bolivian areas.
The massage therapists at 3 Springs Massage & Yoga soothe sinews with a menu of Eastern and Western techniques. In the waiting room of the studio, flames flicker in a stone fireplace and creeping vines hang above doorframes and potted orchids. The massage therapists, members of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, knead muscles with techniques such as Swedish, hot stone, reflexology, and tuina. Yoga classes disperse relaxed sighs across a spacious room with mint-green walls and a stately fireplace.
The practitioners at Tender Heart Healing Center are some of the only in Minnesota to offer lomi lomi massage, blending it seamlessly with other integrative techniques such as aromatherapy and Reiki. Hailing from the Aloha State, lomi lomi is a unique form of bodywork that focuses on kneading muscles in the hopes of reducing stress and promoting wellness. The center also offers life-coaching sessions and energy healing sessions that can help recalibrate scrambled chakras.
The therapists at Bodywerks Healing and Massage have studied a sweeping range of kneading modalities, from standards such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage to more specialized techniques, including Thai, lymphatic, and pregnancy massages. They learned their craft under instructors at St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts and Everest Institute and all went on to join professional associations such as ABMP or AMTA. These relaxation pros also pamper skin with body wraps and exfoliating scrubs that leave flesh smoother than an otter in a satin swimsuit.:m]]
Therapists at Be Well Bodywork and Massage are passionate about helping others alleviate pain. With that much tutelage under their belts, they administer massages in a wide variety of modalities, from classic Swedish to deep-tissue massages. Specialty treatments include soft tissue release techniques to ease soreness. They also combine services into packages for full-body relaxation. The Head to Toe package, for example, begins with an aromatherapy scalp treatment and ends with a sole-soothing foot massage, during which each toe finally gets as much attention as the big one.
At Massage Heaven, achy muscles and anxious minds receive equal amounts of attention from the hands of experienced massage professionals. Swedish massage helps ease stress with long, fluid strokes, while deep-tissue work, trigger point therapy, and pregnancy massage revert overworked or injured bodies back to their more able selves. Massage Heaven layers aromatherapy onto traditional bodywork and offers lesser-known modalities including ice massage, which dulls pain and reduces one's chance of spontaneous combustion.