Healing Massage Therapy's staff remedies bodily maladies by drawing on orthopedic and medical massage training. Before each appointment, the team assesses the client to discover which massage style will be most beneficial. The studio's massage therapists draw on myofascial massage, trigger-point therapy, and neuromuscular techniques. Massage recipients stretch out on a heated hydraulic table, whose soft surface permeates bodies with soothing warmth, like a waterbed full of chicken-noodle soup, and can decompress spines into a more malleable state. Isolated stretching techniques then help to improve range of motion in woebegone joints. The staff kneads problem areas with surgical precision, hoping to decrease clients' long-term need for medical attention. After the massage, the muscle technicians share their findings and advice on general well being.
Guests to iMassage are greeted by a wall bearing the words "Relax…Renew…Relieve", hinting at the kneading specialists' ultimate goal as they work to alleviate aches with eight different massage modalities. Private treatment rooms glow with amber tones and soft lighting, helping to usher away outside cares as massage therapists melt stress with gentle Swedish massage or hot stones or target harder-to-reach tension with sports or deep-tissue styles. They also offer side-by-side massages for couples or mother-daughter duos, as well as chair massages to soothe busy bodies or those who are routinely sat on.
As a licensed aesthetician since 1999, Stephanie clears and revitalizes skin with exfoliating body scrubs, footbaths, and waxing services. She also delves into massage-oriented techniques, such as reflexology and hot-stone treatments that melt away tension and accidentally swallowed ice cubes. Her facials, however, are what earned her a profile from George Austin of the Spectator. “Do you want to have skin like a celebrity?” Austin asks rhetorically. “Stephanie Roberts may be able to help you with…dermaculture that firms and tightens skin, keeping it looking young.”
At Carriage House Salon & Spa, stylists beautify clients’ hair with haircuts and highlights and massage therapists ease aches with soothing heated stones. Aestheticians perform lavish spa manicures, moisturizing cuticles and finishing nails with OPI lacquers.
Licensed aesthetician Megan Elizabeth Majeran advises against ever looking into a magnifying mirror. No one will ever look flawless under the cruel gaze of that cosmetic appliance, she says, so why bother? This kind of advice is par for the course for Megan, who makes it her mission to make her clients feel good about their faces.
To accomplish this mission, Megan dedicates her full attention to each of her clients. Her calm, methodical approach helps them unwind as she applies Keyano all-natural products during her custom facials and peels. This emphasis on relaxation finds its reflection in the paper lamps, bamboo stalks, and palm plants strewn throughout the studio. Aromatherapy candles—handmade by the resident massage therapist—flicker and burn, filling the space with a fragrance as appealing as that of a fried chicken breast dipped in cologne.
The massage therapists at Wicked Awesome Massage customize their soothing sessions to the relaxation and wellness needs of each client's organ capsule. During Swedish massages, muscle mavens use oils or lotions to render gliding strokes, kneading, friction, and occasional tapping movements to ease muscle tautness and send morse-coded messages of calm. Firm but gentle pressure makes the Swedish style ideal for massage newbies, whereas deep-tissue methods utilize more intense pressure to target deeper muscles, help alleviate chronic tension, and break up scar tissue. Like a heated argument over whose turn it is to bathe the cat, some temporary soreness may result.