Licensed massage therapist Keri Mills honed her deep-tissue skills working with sports-related massage at a tennis ranch and now targets clients' chronic aches, stiffness, and specific problem spots in the musculature with one-hour deep-tissue massages. Using moderate to stern pressure, Keri deftly manipulates the underlying tissues to encourage circulation, dismantle knots, and relieve chronic pain associated with stiffness and repressed muscle memories. Body parts not tied up in complicated stress-braids benefit from relaxing strokes and soothing flattery. These muscle-mollifying techniques are especially helpful for clients with chronic pain, athletes, and people who have accidentally swallowed an entire kleenex box.
Tammy Dean knows a little bit about the demands we put on our bodies. Before opening Massage by Tammy, she served in the US Navy for 20 years. Upon reentering civilian life she enrolled in massage school, earned her massage therapist's license, and continues to contribute to the welfare of the general population. But instead of serving the country she now serves the muscles. Tammy tailors each session to the needs of her clients, and may incorporates techniques from trigger-point therapy and advanced stretching.?She offers relaxation massage for those with frayed nerves and stress, and deep-tissue massage to allay physical issues such as tension, chronic pain, or knots in the muscles that are tighter than a tightrope walker's shoelaces.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
To Shannon Edwards-Moore, a massage isn?t only a relaxing experience?it?s also a chance to leave her satisfied clients feeling balanced in body, mind, and soul. In addition to calming Swedish massages, which she especially recommends for those new to massage, Shannon targets tension and knots with more intense pressure during deep-tissue sessions. Sports massages help stave off athletic injuries or undo the pain caused by limbo incidents, and prenatal massages soothe tired muscles and pregnancy discomfort.
Add-ons take the relaxation even deeper as Shannon applies hot stones, fills the room with tranquil aromatherapy, or treats faces to scrubs, masks, and hot towels. Tucked inside the Alamo Family Fitness Center, her private massage room is awash in ocean blues and soft yellows.
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.