At Amazing Touch, licensed massage therapist Kelly Zahniser strives to avail clients of the many physical and emotional benefits of massage therapy. In service of this goal, she soothes muscles with modalities ranging from pregnancy massage to reflexology and eases tension with mineral-rich salt stones found in the Himalayas atop a yeti's pile of bills. Zahniser complements her relaxing massages with detoxifying body wraps and fragrant essential oils. She also travels to clients' homes to spritz bodies with spray-tanning solutions or stage spa parties that furnish on-the-spot pampering for pre-wedding festivities or girls' nights out.
At a very young age, there was only one thing Mikayla Guerin wanted to be when she grew up: a massage therapist. She started working toward her dream right after high school, when she moved to Portland, Oregon, to attend East West College of the Healing Arts. There, she learned that massage brings clients much more than tension relief. It can also aid in digestion, eliminate chronic pain, and strengthen the immune system enough to protect against kryptonite.
As MG Massage, she utilizes her learned skills with deep-tissue, hot-stone, and ashiatsu massages. She also offers upgrades that include soothing lavender lotion, heated eye pillows, and a hand and nail treatment that uses organic cream.
At Serenity Wellness and Nails, the staff works under the philosophy that the state of one's exterior and interior are closely intertwined. So, they offer multiple types of manicures and pedicures to help their client's feel confident about their appearance, which, in turn, often has a positive effect on their general wellbeing. The staff is also very health conscious, believing that good health translates into a glowing exterior. Therefore, they specialize in health-related treatments such as diabetic foot care, use disposable liners in their pedicure tubs, and greet each customer with a preventative "gesundheit!"
Massage therapist Robyn McClure makes house calls to help the aching bodies of homebodies decompress with a retinue of full-body treatments. Clients can light candles and spritz oils in the comfort of their own home and choose from Robyn's deep menu of modalities, which includes standards such as Swedish, deep tissue, and trigger-point therapy. Or they may enlist Robyn's focus for a more specialized treatment such as a medical massage, carpal-tunnel massage, or prenatal massage, which can help relieve the physical discomforts of pregnancy as well as the stress brought on by having complete strangers talk to your belly.
The professionals at Elements Therapeutic Massage Salmon Creek approach each massage differently. They understand that each body functions—and malfunctions—in its own way, so each session with a new client begins with a brief chat about his or her health concerns, treatment goals, and general preferences. Therapists can customize massages by blending multiple techniques, altering the amount of pressure used, and yelling at knots with a varying degree of sternness. Massage benefits can include relaxation, pain relief, and increased flexibility.
Karynn MacKinnon has worked as a student athletic trainer for the Detroit Lions and both the US and Canadian national cycling teams. Now, after a 20-year stint managing special events, she's returned to her first love by becoming a licensed massage therapist and second-degree reiki practitioner. In the comfort of her own private studio, Karynn can unblock energy channels with a reiki healing session or temper chronic pain with deep-tissue pressure or the flowing stokes of Swedish bodywork.