The therapists at Healing Palms Massage & Spa reach for natural and organic products whenever possible. Not only are the lotions and balms used during treatments good for their clients and Mother Earth, but so are the cleaning supplies used around the studio and the recycled paper used in the office. The chemical-free scents of aromatherapy oils kneaded into backs during massages and fragrant ingredients blended into body wraps create a relaxing environment more effectively than lullabies sung by a choir of Enyas.
Therapists at teMassage know how to pamper and soothe, but their skills run deeper than superficial comfort. At the head of the service list, three medical massage options target neck injuries, symptoms of TMJ, or conditions such as sciatica and fibromyalgia. They also keep their skills sharp by attending ongoing education seminars and enlisting a reiki energy practitioner, an acupuncturist, and an esthetician to supplement their massage services.
Dr. Charles Simpson and his experienced staff of therapists at Urgent Care Chiropractic Pain Center treat severe injuries, stress, and pain with holistic-healing methods. Instead of focusing on symptoms, Dr. Simpson targets the underlying cause of each ailment with noninvasive methods, such as chiropractic services, physiotherapy, and nutrition counseling, to relieve pain and enhance overall well-being.
The staff also relieves chronic aches with a variety of therapeutic massage methods, including Swedish massage, in which hands gently nudge sinews toward peaceful, toxin-free states with deep circular motions, long strokes, and tapping motions executed with the therapist's fingers or a pair of bedazzled drumsticks. Deep-tissue massage focuses on firm pressure, and massage masters use therapeutic techniques to coax stressed muscles toward pliability with skilled hands and Socratic questioning.
Shangri-La Day Spa looks like a surprisingly functional synthesis of a Victorian drawing room and a Japanese teahouse, characterized by oak armchairs upholstered in paisley prints, ornate oriental rugs, and shades that create the impression of paper wall partitions. Inside, licensed massage therapists, aestheticians, and cosmetologists weave their various specialties into a tapestry of relaxation and beautification. Trained therapists whip up nosegays of aromatic essential oils to soothe senses or enlist the tension-melting help of heated volcanic stones during massages. Organic products envelop faces during signature facials and peels, and a sea-salt polish scrubs bodies free of dead skin cells more effectively than sending in a magic school bus full of zombie hunters.
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Rebirth Institute's waiting room is decorated with references to spring: murals of waterfalls and dewy grass amid walls painted in various shades of green. It reflects the studio’s relaxed environment, where aestheticians help their clients look and feel younger without having to wear only children’s clothing. To this end, the institute offers a variety of services, such as weight-loss plans, bioidentical hormone-replacement therapy, and a long list of skin treatments such as peels, dermal fillers, and spray tanning.
Spa Essence’s technicians handle a lot of interesting materials throughout the day—moor mud, fruit enzymes, and algae, to name a few—but none are more interesting than the main ingredient of their cabernet peel: wine. The peel is similar to a chemical peel, but instead of harsh acids, it uses a chemical-free, wine-based solution to help rehydrate complexions and improve appearance of fine lines. The solution is called Cabernet Solution, and it’s made by A Natural Difference, a favorite among Spa Essence’s staff. For more therapeutic services, they also offer 11 different varieties of massage.