A licensed massage therapist since 2008, Craig West soothes sore muscles in people of all ages with therapeutic foot, hand, and body massages. At his office, he practices a variety of kneading techniques such as trigger point, hot stone, and bamboo fusion, aimed at relaxing patients with pains ranging from carpal tunnel to migraine headaches. Along with the regular clientele, Craig calms corporate workers in their offices with chair-massage sessions and performs his therapeutic massaging skills on sore athletes and sorer tennis racquets during Cincinnati bouts of the Association of Tennis Professionals' world tour.
WWE wrestlers, American Idol contestants, and chiropractors have all turned to Hands On Massage and Holistic Therapy's onsite licensed massage therapists for relief. The team has attracted these notable clients by mastering different techniques for different needs: Swedish massages induce a deep sense of relaxation, and neuromuscular massages locate pain's trigger point and stun it into submission before it causes clients to inadvertently name their firstborn children “Ouch.” Each of the center's many modalities is designed to target specific afflictions, and therapists further customize each treatment by focusing on each client's greatest areas of strain.
Cosmetologist Cynthia Norman offers a variety of beautifying treatments for women, men, and children at Lashawns Phase 2 Salon. She deftly trims bangs, braids hair, or spruces up heads with new haircuts. She also offers conditioning treatments, manicures, waxing, and natural haircare.
Relaxation doesn’t come naturally to everyone. One of Tonja Miller's regular clients, for example, remembers a time when he could hardly lay his face down on the mattress after a stressful day. Tonja, who co-owns Healing Hands Massage Therapy Group LLC with Joy Kinman, helped him conquer that problem. Born with deformities, she has been a massage-therapy patient since childhood and has witnessed its healing powers firsthand. She’s not the only one—Joy credits her first massage with freeing her of the back pain she had suffered since she was a girl.
As soon as clients enter the studio, Joy and Tonja pay close attention to their gait and stance. Both, it turns out, can indicate strain caused by overexertion or a long commute by rowboat. The lights in the studio’s private rooms soon go dim as the therapists enhance their strokes with warm oils or lotions. For an experience you won’t find in many other spas, try Tonja’s specialty bamboo massage, during which she rolls a heated stalk across sore muscles. More traditional spa treatments such as paraffin dips and refreshing facials round out the service menu, which the duo complements with offerings of tea, coffee, or water.
The aestheticians at The Face Place know that different faces have different skincare needs. That’s why they design each of their facials with an audience in mind—they have a smoker’s facial for smokers, an anti-aging facial for adults advanced in years, a teen facial for adolescents, and a European facial for turncoats. Along with facials, the staff offers a full menu of health and beauty services that includes body treatments, waxing services, and makeup applications. And, to round out the mix of wellness services, they have a clinical hypnotherapist who performs hypnosis to help clients conquer phobias, improve self-confidence, or release stress.
Licensed massage therapist Lynn M. Thal draws from more than 20 years of experience to help clients feel their best. She calibrates each stroke to clients' needs, pulling together modalities from nine types of massage, including Swedish, sports, and hot bamboo. She targets the source of headaches during Migraine Miracle massages and joins forces with a partner to perform indulgent four-hand sessions. As a Reiki master, she works to promote relaxation and wellness by manually clearing clients' energy channels that have been blocked by double-parked cars.