Maybe you woke up with a pinched nerve and can barely get out of bed. Or maybe you have exactly one free hour in your day?not enough time to travel to the spa and back. These are just a few great reasons to use Zeel, an app that allows you to book and prepay for a same-day massages in your own home, hotel, or other locations in as little as an hour's notice. After specifying type and length of service (and therapist gender, if you wish), Zeel dispatches an excellent massage therapist from its network of licensed, vetted, and insured practitioners. Therapists can perform a variety of modalities, ranging from Swedish, to deep-tissue, to prenatal. Not only is it convenient, but it can also be more relaxing than treating your massage like just another errand, especially if you play your own music or already live in a spa. The app has already seen tons of press since its 2013 release, making fans of editors at Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, and Men's Journal.
Licensed massage therapist Douglas Macon has come a long way since he was a hyperactive 6-year-old whose antics occasionally stressed his parents out. To dissipate some of his excess energy, the frazzled couple introduced him to jogging and yoga. These two activities would serve as the first steps on his path toward a career in the healing arts—a turn of events they might not have seen coming.
Years later, Douglas earned his license in massage therapy and his certification to teach Vinyasa flow yoga. Though he traces his journey back to childhood, it continues to evolve with each new skill he takes on. He recently added a reiki certification to his resume, and today—when he isn’t soothing muscles with medical, deep-tissue, and sports massages, to name a few—he continues to work toward becoming a personal trainer. While his extensive list of services continues to attract new clients, Douglas has built a dedicated following based on his personal approach and his impressive ability to juggle up to six bottles of eucalyptus massage oil at once.
Lena, the titular aesthetician behind Lena Skincare, boasts 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, with a range of techniques learned everywhere from Russia to the United States of America under her belt. She specializes in hair-removal services such as waxing, which has a reputation for being uncomfortable. Clients nevertheless praise Lena for her gentle touch and deft hands, which, when combined with Tea Tree or Azulene waxes, make for an experience easy on sensitive skin.
Lena also treats the skin with Guinot facial products. The French company promises healthy skin for all types, and Lena performs specialized services to reduce signs of aging, diminish dry and damaged skin, and cleanse the pores to prevent the appearance of acne.
Brands Used: Guinot
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 14
From 1997 to 2014, Mpower Bodywork was known as Massage America, a company that specialized in on-site massages for corporate clients. But over those 17 years, the business continually re-shaped itself, gradually evolving into a practice that offered much more than massage. Today, while almost ten different modalities?among them Swedish, craniosacral, Thai, and prenatal?still comprise its massage canon, the clinic's services include a variety of bodywork therapies, including acupuncture and chiropractic care, all aimed at helping clients function at their physical, mental, and spiritual best. Additional offerings such as nutrition counseling and yoga sessions help guests adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle and develop a closer relationship with their toes, while aesthetic services like facials help improve skin health, which can lead to increased confidence.
While traveling the world as a professional opera singer, Denise Galon had an exhausting schedule to keep up with. In an effort to keep her body in peak condition, she sought out restorative treatments and found herself drawn to Eastern medicine. As she started feeling better, she also began embarking on a new passion ? becoming a holistic wellness expert. In the process, she learned how to administer Champissage Indian head massages, Indian face-lift massages, and Kansa Vatki foot massages.
Champissage, which has been practiced in India for more than 1,000 years, releases tension through gentle but firm kneads to the head, shoulders, neck, face, and upper arms, without using oil. It also helps balance energy in the body, and is especially good for people who feel depressed or tensed, according to Denise. Kansa Vatki foot massage also helps balance energy, and face-lift massages help tone connective tissue and and balance the body.
Dr. Galon still travels the world, but now she does so while lecturing on healing techniques. She has even told readers on Oprah.com how to relieve headaches and stress with Champissage techniques.
Red Clover Massage and Medi Spa's staff members rely on both traditional bodywork treatments and modern cosmetic technology as they help rejuvenate clients. The licensed massage therapist seeks out signs of tension in muscles and then unfurl the knots by employing various techniques, including Swedish, deep-tissue, medical massage, and aromatherapy. To help counteract the skin-ravaging effects of time, the licensed medical esthetician offers anti-aging facials and microdermabrasion treatments, which can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and pigmented blemishes. Meanwhile, clients looking to shorten their morning makeup routines can enlist the staff's permanent makeup services, allowing the estheticians to use permanent pigments to fill in brows, add eyeliner, or replace eyelashes with miniature fiber optic cables.