Ben Crabtree of Massage By Ben takes the time to fully understand each client’s needs so he can target treatment to specific ailments. As a licensed massage therapist and certified neuromuscular therapist, he has mastered 17 different techniques to reverse chronic pain and stress. Beyond traditional Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, Ben helps bodies release tension through Ortho-Bionomy therapy, in which he guides limbs through simple positions that compress joints to trigger the body’s corrective reflexes and propensity to hokey pokey. Neuromuscular therapy works to relieve chronic pain by manipulating soft tissue, such as tendons and connective tissue, targeting issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and migraines.
Throughout her two-year stint at a cardiac rehab clinic, Lydia Hernandez met countless patients who suffered from stress and persistent pain. Feeling she could be doing more to help these patients, she founded her own private massage practice, which has since expanded to include a number of massage therapists plus an extra-terrestrial receptionist. The multifaceted staff is proficient in 14 different types of massage modalities. Some methods, such as Swedish, hot-stone, and couples' treatments, are focused on general relaxation and overall well-being, whereas modalities such as deep-tissue, pain-relief, and neuromuscular massage are perfect for those dealing with aches caused by nagging sports injuries and bad backs.
Karla Lopez has trained in 10 different massage modalities, including deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, and reflexology. She uses these techniques to relieve pain and muscle tension and address customers' individual issues. In addition to holding appointments at her studio, she travels to massage clients in their homes
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders, reflexology sandals lightly massage their feet, and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: employees fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage. The award-winning spa was voted best spa by the readers of the San-Antonio Express-News, and was deemed best spa and best massage by readers of San Antonio Magazine.
Inside a cozy, softly lit massage room, male or female massage therapists use varied strokes to customize 30- to 90-minute massages. Visits may include sport-massage techniques to help improve flexibility or deep-tissue maneuvers that reach down to ease knots buried within the soft tissue. For a more relaxing or geologically edifying experience, patients can add hot stones to their massages.
Massage therapist Kathleen Horner’s genuine desire to help people stretches back to her career as a paramedic and a 911 operator. Looking for a more hands-on way to serve clients, she made the jump to massage therapy, drawing from her background in paramedics to take a decidedly therapeutic approach. She now fills her wheelhouse with a range of massage modalities that include Swedish, hot-stone, and cancer massage, and works to decrease anxiety, increase circulation, and improve concentration. She works to promote overall health in a number of ways, expunging aches with deep-tissue kneads and removing lymph and lactic acid with cupping techniques. In addition to massages, she also performs detox body wraps.