As a spin instructor, triathlete, and marathoner, Sandy Sulikowski knows about postworkout aches. So does Susan Leo, an aquatics instructor and competitive swimmer. The two are not only athletes, but also licensed massage therapists. They are joined by fellow licensed massage therapist Tyler Langill at Peak Performance Therapeutic Massage, where they provide pain and stress relief to clients. They offer everything from sports massages for competitors like themselves to gentle Swedish and hot-stone massages to deep-tissue massages, which rely on heavier pressure to break down tension in low-lying muscles. They offer a variety of other services as well, including reiki, polarity therapy, and reflexology, which soothe clients from the inside out.
Though licensed massage therapist Julie Arbogast runs the show alone at Touch of Serenity, she tackles a wide scope of ailments related to stress or injury. She draws upon years of experience as she practices gentle modalities such as Swedish and prenatal massage, as well as hot-stone treatments that help to melt tension and ice-cream headaches. Deep-tissue massages soften overused muscles, increasing range of motion and decreasing pain.
At My Hands For Your Healing, licensed massage therapist Kayla Gorham eschews drugs or medication in favor of the rejuvenating power found in 10 knowledgeable and nuanced fingers. Kayla works with patients to seek out and relieve stress patterns in the body using a blend of Swedish, therapeutic, and deep-tissue techniques to soften and soothe the muscles. Myofascial-release therapy helps release the connective tissue, and sports-massage sessions incorporate assisted stretching to drain away fatigue, relieve swelling, and loosen any Heisman trophies trapped between joints. Kayla preaches the positive health effects of massage that trickle down to the rest of body in the form of decreased anxiety, improved quality of sleep, and reduced fatigue.
The beauty brigade at (rE) Salon and Spa engages in continuous education so that they understand how to deliver high-quality nail, skin, and body treatments to their clients. Time-strapped mugs get a quick cleanse with a mini facial, during which skin snuggles under the soft embrace of warm towels and a custom mask blended for each client and their complexion-conscious shadows. During mini manicures, technicians coat hands with lavender sea salt, disrobing digits of dry skin and last season's finger shorts before shaping and polishing naked nails. A full manicure adds a lotion-fueled massage of the hands and forearms, and a one-hour pedicure softens paws with an Epsom salt bath and moisturizing mask before accenting toe helmets with color. rE) Salon and Spa is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Greer Walsh is inspired by nature. For proof, take a look at the Facebook page for Greer's Lavender Spa, which presents shots of the ocean in different lights, or try one of the spa's facials, each infused with lavender and other essential oils. The spa uses Bioelements products, known for including organic ingredients and eschewing the parabens, dyes, and spray cheeses of other lines.
HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab provides a full range of services for keeping bodies in line, specializing in chiropractic care, massage, and rehabilitation. Massage therapists manipulate distressed deltoids with hands licensed in therapeutic massage and shadow-puppet recitals, relieving stress and tension from anxiety-filled limbs. The chiropractic consultation provides guests with a detailed overview of causes behind specific symptoms, as well as recommended courses of action, all with a greater success rate than using a fly swatter to squash disobedient aches and pains.
Boasting a resume that lists training at the SpaTech Institute and experience as an athlete, licensed massage therapist Stephanie Ross recognizes the importance of caring for the body and muscles to prevent injury and optimize sports performance. She doesn’t just use her expert kneads to assist athletes, however—she aims to boost energy, reduce stress, and alleviate back, joint, and muscle pains in all of her clients.