Deep-seated stresses dissipate at the hands of Limback Wellness Center's certified massage therapists. The center specializes in hot-stone and hot-towel massages, which employ penetrating heat and soothing circular motions to boost circulation, oxygenate muscles, and alleviate the lingering stiffness that comes from serving as the spring festival’s Maypole. Aside from their popular heated modalities, the team of male and female massage therapists treats clients to gentle relaxation massages and more focused deep-tissue work.
Muscle knots. Chronic aches. Deep-seated reservoirs of stress and anxiety. These and other ailments bring clients to Elements Therapeutic Massage, where they find relief courtesy of professional therapists who customize their treatments to match individual needs. The studio’s unique, level-based system gives clients an idea of what to expect during the session; they can request a low level for a gentler experience or opt for a higher level to eliminate any soreness remaining from the previous day’s jousting tournament. Each massage therapist has his or her own specialties, and treatments may draw on relaxing Swedish and hot-stone techniques or firmer deep-tissue and trigger-point strokes.
When our head hurts, the first thing we do is rub it. The same goes for our lower backs, shoulders, and joints. The desire to massage areas of pain may be the oldest and most basic form of medicine, and professional massage therapists such as Lenny Gage of The Massage Masters train extensively to understand how touch helps stimulate healing. Lenny takes this understanding to the next level by augmenting massages with reflexology sessions, which carry therapy to the body's deepest internal organs and utility closets through the soles of the feet.
Followers of ayurvedic and yogic philosophies believe that the human body is governed by pranas, or energy centers. The term samana, which founder Beth Hope used to name her practice, is the specific prana that equalizes and balances physical systems. Beth draws from her personal history to fashion services that help restore physical and spiritual equilibrium. Beth's journey to becoming a yoga instructor began at age 17, when she first studied Indian culture and philosophy. She studied Ashtanga yoga with its founder, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, and developed her own style that incorporates breathing exercises, mantras, and sacred songs to facilitate transformation for clients and stressed caterpillars.
Beth creates a space where people can feel comfortable receiving alternative therapies and medicines. Along with a team of trained massage therapists she runs yoga, kirtan, reiki, and Thai massage sessions to empower people to lead more healthy and balanced lives.
Combining a background in elementary education and more than 30 years of experience in massage, Profoundly Peaceful Massage's licensed therapist, Mary Beth Rezek, balances minds and bodies with customized massage treatments amid a stress-free environment. Minds are unwound with an one-hour Swedish massage as long, flowing strokes are sent gliding across the body, helping to improve circulation and kneading out aches. Bestowed from the deft hands of Kahuna Auntie Maile Napoleon, Rezek deftly enacts an ancient Hawaiian lomi lomi massage by commencing with a healing chant. Blending vibration, elbow, and deep-pressure work, the massage style aims to relax muscles during the one-hour session while releasing stress faster than a cheetah drives a getaway car. The session concludes with a hot-stone application and a tapping of bamboo sticks lightly across the skin.
Karma: A Relaxation Spa believes in the restorative power of relaxation, administered by a skilled staff of therapists and care-bringers. Toxic-toed clients may wish to opt for a Minx pedicure, which begins with a thorough filing, trimming, and shaping of toenails and cuticles before feet are exfoliated to remove dirt and candy wrappers clogging pores. Individual Minx nails are then applied to each finger in your choice of fashionable colors and patterns, with a massage of the feet and legs rubbing stress from the rainbow-bright bike peddlers.