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.
Certified massage therapist Michele Peterson utilizes pressure points in the extremities to ease deep-rooted body tension with a 60-minute reflexology. In a private room, senses uncork to the rich hums of a custom aromatherapy blend, carbonating the senses without the airborne corks of a champagne shower. Hot towels swaddle aching limbs as Michele’s nimble paws access trigger points in hands, feet, and over-tight neck bolts to unhinge psychological stress and unearth the source of deep bodily ailments. While the body tranquilizes to the quiet purr of ambient music and Michele’s dexterous bodywork, a Zen facelift invigorates the complexion, cultivating natural sinus relief and a radically upturned grin.
Natasha Kennedy knows what it feels like to be stressed. Along with being the owner of Aloha! Massage and Spa, the massage therapist is a licensed aesthetician, holistic nutrition coach, nursing student, and mother of five. She uses her knowledge and experience to help others who might be leading busy, stressful, or overwhelming lives. At Alhoa!, she provides five different massage styles including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. In LomiLomi massages, she uses her forearm to stroke the body and mimic the waves of the ocean or splash after a cannon ball. Meanwhile, her mommy-to-be and post natal massages aim to ease labor pains and reduce stress. All of her techniques bring about various benefits including improved circulation, enhanced sleep quality, and decreased anxiety.
Licensed massage therapist ToniRose understands that each client is different and not everyone needs the same massage. She can customize services with modalities ranging from prenatal to deep tissue in order to treat a wide range of symptoms, such as the overworked muscles of a construction worker or the special needs of an expectant construction worker. Along with her standard massage services, she also offers chair massages to simply relax after a long day.
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.
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After working as a massage therapist in various chiropractic offices and spas, owner Maureen Queau fulfilled her dream when she opened up Circle Sage Healing and Massage Center in 2006. All told, she’s now practiced her therapeutic craft for almost 20 years. Joined by a team of eight other massage therapists, Maureen can either field a pro baseball team or unite massage, alternative medicine, and pampering body treatments to take care of clients. On top of the six types of massage they dole out daily, the staffers administer reiki, reflexology, and ionic-footbath sessions. Circle Sage recommends that clients arrive 15 minutes early for appointments so that they