Massage therapist Jodi McClain had just finished her last massage of the day when her patient, still lying prone on the table, burst into tears. She began speaking about difficult emotional issues she'd held in for years, until that massage helped set the pain free. Jodi savors seeing her clients leave happier than they were when they walked in, and uses her custom blend of Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point-therapy massage to achieve this pleasant outcome—by way of ousting tension and muscular pain. She also performs myofascial-release massage and cranio-sacral therapy upon request, and can collaborate with doctors to build injury-treatment plans and incite laughter with multiple taps to the funny bone.
During massages, Jodi may slather her client's skin in Massage FX cream—infused with aloe, arnica, and ivy extracts—to keep it moisturized and dull any site-specific pain. Though she eschews aromatherapy, she often soaks a cloth in eucalyptus and peppermint oils to relieve clients suffering from sinus pressure. She also conducts facials and specialized skinny massages to tone and tighten skin, as well as applying infrared-light therapy to detox skin and enrage cats by demonstrating the photon theory of light, as most cats still think of light as a wave. Jodi conducts all her treatments in one room designed to evoke a garden; with flowers hung from the ceiling, a decorative fence, and soft lighting. While she often plays piano melodies, Jodi also lulls clients toward relaxation with a bubbling water fountain and casual conversation.
The natural world always appealed to Winifred Tannetta, whether she was exploring the Ontario wilderness as a child on family vacations or visiting sacred sites across Ireland, Spain, and the United States as an adult. This passion for earth-based spirituality inspired Winifred to found her own business, where she creates a supportive environment that promotes introspection and self-discovery. The majority of the center's services emphasize spiritual and energetic health, including reiki sessions that promote balance and harmony with gentle attunements.
During Simplicity Salon’s three-hour Coppola keratin smoothing treatment, a formaldehyde-free protein complex, encases hair follicles in a keratinous bond, straightening strands, adding shine, and ensuring spider-shaming levels of silkiness. The treatment eliminates up to 95% of frizz, making hair appear longer while cutting down on morning blow-dry times. Hair must be kept dry for 72 hours after the treatment, precluding hair washing or underwater swimming dance moves. Straight strands last for 3–5 months, depending on care and hair type. Your Groupon includes keratin shampoo and conditioner (a $40 value) for post-treatment maintenance.
Pure Energy Reiki's resident master, Natasha, harnesses out-of-whack energies with the chakra-balancing touches of one-hour reiki sessions. Located inside CLINIC Alternative Medicines, sessions immerse customers in a soothing atmosphere as they rid themselves of stresses and fatigue without having to send their personal voodoo doll on a Caribbean vacation. Natasha places her hands over specific nodes of the body to rebalance the body's energy flow, and while results vary, many guests report a deep sense of calm akin to meditation.
Bodhi Works Massage & Healing Arts' licensed massage therapist and reiki master teacher, Andrew Borsari, puts his extensive training to use untying sinewy knots and removing stress from physiques with a trio of techniques. Patrons with regular aches and pains can choose the deep-tissue massage, which works at the muscles beneath the top layer to target chronic tension and daring tightrope feats in the body's connective tissue. The relaxation massage, or Swedish method, melts muscles, eases joint rigidity, and diminishes pain through long, gliding strokes, leaving clients de-stressed and pleasantly tingly. During trigger-point therapy, Borsari utilizes manual pressure, vibration, or other methods to deactivate reactions in the body that trigger pain and ailments, such as headaches and involuntary Macarena dances.
From soothing scalp massages and facials with foot massages, every service at More Than Skin Deep centers on pampering the client. Back treatments polish and soften hard-to-reach spots with a cleanse, steam, and a sugar or salt scrub followed by moisturizer. Even the waxing services take place in a room with soothing music, candlelight, and a cushy table to make hair removal as relaxing as possible.
A contemporary dancer, Kristen Stake understands more than most how the body moves. In fact, while she was practicing contact improvisation dance, she learned a variety of bodywork modalities, including Thai yoga massage and shiatsu, and decided that she wanted to become a massage therapist.
At Embody Center, Kristen blends multiple massage styles, including the aforementioned techniques, craniosacral therapy, and reflexology, to reenergize her clients and deepen their relationships with and awareness of their own bodies. Kristen also works to alleviate physical tension, decrease anxiety, and loosen limbs so they can snake under vending-machine doors.
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