When clients book a massage with Laretta Tompkins, they can rest assured knowing they're in good hands. Not only is Laretta a licensed massage therapist and member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals organization, she has also taken numerous continuing education courses to expand her knowledge of specific techniques such as trigger point therapy, and earned certification in cupping therapy along the way. Depending on her clients' needs, she coaxes away knots with light Swedish-style techniques or more pressurized strokes––deep tissue sessions are ideal for those with chronic pain, while hot stone massage uses heat to penetrate deeper muscle layers and melt tension until it evaporates in a showy puff of steam.
Licensed massage therapist Emily Sparks attended Eagle Gate College, where she perfected hands-on techniques such as Swedish massage, deep-tissue bodywork, and opening a pickle jar with one finger. Now in the comfort of her own Spark of Life massage suite, Emily can melt stress with a relaxation massage or apply firmer kneads to relieve muscle aches and spasms.
With degrees from Brigham Young University and Cleveland Chiropractic College, Doctor of Chiropractic Mark Aldridge uses holistic treatments to address chronic pain, illness, and general wellness issues. His techniques include manual adjustments and instrument-delivered tune-ups, which he administers after an initial consultation and exam. Massages bolster chiropractic efforts and relax muscles, while nutritional testing reveals stressed body systems or misplaced pencil erasers from elementary school.
Elyse Ipsen understands firsthand how natural remedies can aid health. As a child, she suffered from allergies and eczema, but it wasn't until her mother taught her about holistic healing that she saw results. Inspired by her own experiences, Elyse began learning other healthful techniques and methods and became determined to share her knowledge with others.
Today, Elyse helps clients regain vigor at Wellness Within Me. Her services focus on promoting health by purging the body of toxins and unwanted substances, be it through cleansing colon hydrotherapy or the soothing soak of ionic footbaths. Elyse also hosts classes to encourage positive lifestyle changes, such as eating raw foods instead of dining on processed ingredients or grazing.
Hypnotherapist Paul W. Smith, CCHt, proves the efficacy of hypnotherapy each time he helps clients to quit smoking, lose weight, or remember where they left the remote. Using only his words, Smith guides patients into a deep state of concentrated relaxation—hypnosis—where the mind becomes hyper responsive to ideas or images. As Smith taps into the unconscious mind, patients retain full control; they can withhold information, respond yes or no, and recall everything they recount. With repeated sessions, patients can gain mastery over their state of awareness and thereby correct behaviors that undermine healthy living.
The goal at Solitude Massage isn't just to temporarily relieve pain—it's also to help clients change their lives so the pain doesn’t return. To that end, the company's licensed therapists follow their custom massages with exercise suggestions and nutrition assistance, as well as advice on how to offend bears so they won't hug you. Not that the treatments aren't plenty attractive on their own. Trigger-point and structural-integration massages call on intense kneading to quell chronic pain, and hot towels and dōTerra essential oils add to the experience. Clients can also solicit a therapist for offsite shiatsu bodywork during such events as corporate parties or long waits at the ATM.