Masha Davis was working as a journalist when her friend was hospitalized with complications from asthma. She watched as nurses used massage therapy to help her friend recover and decided to learn those techniques herself so she could help her in the future. Now a licensed massage therapist with her own practice, Masha offers massages that focus on the face and neck, hands and feet, back only, or the entire body. She incorporates scrubs to exfoliate skin and aromatherapy with such scents as lavender and cinnamon.
Tom Zimmermann, the cosmetologist behind Tommy Z's Salon and Spa, has been in the beauty business since 1978 and running his own shops since 1984. Those decades of experience helped him assemble his current crack team of stylists, skincare specialists, and massage therapists. In the salon, they revamp looks with cuts, colors, and straightening sessions for men’s and women’s hair and work with brides-to-be to create personalized looks and rice-catching updos for weddings. In the spa, the crew pampers complexions with facials and peels and kneads stress out of muscles with expertly executed massages.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Bliss alleviate ailed and achy backs with a medley of therapeutic modalities such as hot-stone, deep-tissue, Swedish, aromatherapy, and sports massages. Therapists tailor each treatment to alleviate irksome conditions, stimulate lymph flow to enhance immunity, and allay pain caused from years of heavy lifting or seconds of somersaulting down a stairwell. Massage oils, targeted pressure, and gentle kneading leave muscles relaxed and free of tension.
For Brandy Hitch, being a licensed massage therapist is a dream come true. She sees attending The Body Therapy School of Massage as a turning point in her life and the start of a career focused on helping and healing others. Armed with kneading know-how and inspiration from her teachers and colleagues, Brandy creates a serene environment for her clients where they can completely unwind like a yo-yo in the hands of an amateur. She treats them with a wide range of healing modalities ranging from foot scrubs and deep-tissue massages to trigger-point therapy. Appointments are available Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.?9 p.m.; Tuesday from 8 a.m.?3 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.?1:30 p.m.; Saturday from 6 p.m.?8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m.?8 p.m.
At the intimate Mabista Salon & Spa, Gloria Doyle captains a staff of nail technicians, skincare specialists, and massage therapists. The licensed professionals float around the intimate space, leading customers to cushy black chairs for Shellac manicures or ushering them into private treatment rooms for waxing services and warm bamboo massages. They administer a sweeping array of specialty facials, smoothing wrinkles and rejuvenating skin with refining masks, exfoliating sea salts, and advanced Phytomer skincare products.