Buddha is usually depicted sitting down, but at the Wat Po temple in Bangkok, reclining Buddha stretches his gilded, 141-foot frame across a tiered base. It’s a fitting image for a temple often recognized as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, which is also the place where all of Montra’s therapists have been trained. The therapists bring with them not just technique, but also an Eastern philosophy that reveres massage for its ability to treat both physical and mental stresses. During sessions, practitioners hold their clients' limbs in passive stretching positions and use gentle pressure along the bodies’ energy channels to dissolve tension and get the signal "Stop kicking people" from brains to feet. Variations of the treatment might introduce herbal compresses that soothe nerves and massage tender areas more gently, or reflexology, which activates pressure points on the feet believed to stimulate organs in other parts of the body.
Massage therapist Jeri Parks has more than two decades of experience in administering acupressure massages in the traditional Japanese amma style. This ancient technique relieves muscular discomfort via sequenced stretches and soothing pressure targeted at particular problem areas. Oils and lotions pamper skin, and trigger-point therapy works to alleviate pain and chronic muscle tension. Parks also administers off-site chair massage services at office gatherings, fundraisers, and tournaments of musical chairs.
While most dreams last until an alarm buzzes or someone pulls your blankets off, Mariola Javorski’s dream of running her own spa has lasted 22 years. As owner of Amazing Face Spa European Skin Care Studio, she leads a team of beauty professionals who use natural products from Europe to improve the skin’s appearance and health with facials, microdermabrasion, and body wraps for men and women. Nail services keep keratin well manicured and massages knead out tension, chronic aches, and stubborn knots that refuse to untie even for master magicians.
The certified therapists at LaVida Massage of Sunnyvale customize massages to relax musculature using modalities such as Swedish, hot-stone, and prenatal massage. During every session, clients climb aboard a heated table and relax as therapists put on gentle music. During the massage, therapists frequently check in with clients to make sure the level of pressure is comfortable. Freshly kneaded physiques can fall deeper into bliss with a cleansing facial, or simply by eating cupcakes until they fall asleep.
Carpal tunnel and neck strain are no match for Lisa Chiu. Through both massage and acupuncture sessions, the acupuncturist and Chinese-medicine practitioner relaxes clients, releases their stress, and helps them regain muscle strength. She also strategically places her hair-thin acupuncture needles into faces to boost collagen production, helping clients achieve the sort of youthful appearance previously only attained by taping their kindergarten school photos to their faces.
With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, physical therapist Roland Lucas knows that the best way to recover from an injury is to avoid injuries in the first place. That's why he's devoted a large part of his practice to the prevention and resolution of overuse-related strains in athletes of all stripes. He's aided in his efforts by his office's biomechanics-analysis system, which he uses to identify stressors and bad workout habits otherwise imperceptible to the human eye. Of course, even with the best prevention, injuries still sometimes happen. When muscles cry out in pain, Lucas also comes to their aid with traditional physical-therapy services.
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