For owners Holt and Randi Field, the main tools they work with are their hands. The pair of massage therapists deftly uses them in a range of modalities, customizing each session with hot stones that melt stress, deep-tissue kneads that target muscle knots, and gentler strokes that accommodate expectant mothers. They enhance these strokes with a range of add-ons, including the herb scents emitting from their steaming hot towels, the stress-relieving pressure of reflexology, and the skin renewing of the dry-brush exfoliation. The pair makes a point to never rush a client out of a room, instead ensuring visitors have time to adjust back to the daily grind or a packed schedule of shouting apocalyptic prophecies on the street corner.
As a massage therapist for 17 years and an Army officer for more than two decades, Lynn Wood knows a lot about the limits, strengths, and health of the human body. Lynn helps her clients fight away worries as well as aches, pains, and injuries with four types of massage treatments. She takes particular pride in the fact that her practice is different from most corporate establishments. Whispering Waters Massage Therapy doesn't require any membership plans. Lynn also doesn't pander for tips or sell any products, and she never cuts sessions short in order to rush in the next clients or yell the surprise twist at people waiting for a movie.
The aestheticians at Healthcare 4 Her combine medical know-how with classic relaxation techniques in a tranquil spa environment, beautifying clients from head to toe using technologically enhanced and traditional spa treatments. Licensed laser technicians stop fuzzies in their tracks and prevent future hair growth with laser hair removal. Professional skin pamperers dole out five types of facials to exfoliate visages with microdermabrasion, clear complexions with fruit enzymes, and purge pores with menacing eviction notices. Massage therapists relax clients with four different massage styles, taking cues from venerated massage traditions and modern aromatherapy and kneading techniques to melt away muscle tension.
Dr. Lawrence Broder of Beleza Med Spa began his 16-year career in surgery and primary care, but has shifted his dedication to medical aesthetics, helping people reshape their bodies and evade signs of aging. He continues to build on his surgical knowledge with coursework and bihourly games of Operation, and has slimmed more than 500 physiques with laser-driven SmartLipo and smoothed hundreds of complexions with DOT (dermal optical thermolysis) resurfacing treatments. Dr. Broder supervises each of Beleza's locations, ensuring that every confidence-boosting injection, augmentation, lift, and peel is done with expertise and professionalism.
Though Scot Trahan's diverse resumé includes stints as a Louisiana police officer and an activities director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, his career as a licensed massage therapist now tops the page. As Alpha Medical Massage & Rehabilitation's owner and head therapist, Scot designed the clinic to be patient-oriented. A smiling staff member greets each client as they walk in, and private massage rooms let clients relax into a serene world of soothed muscles. The therapists specialize in more than 15 different therapies, ranging from deep-tissue and sports massage to lymphatic-drainage sessions and stretching education that teaches clients how to properly stretch their muscles or subdue a possessed Stretch Armstrong. Scot personally uses his advanced training to assist patients recovering from various medical injuries, and he specializes in amputee therapies and massage for people with disabilities.
His partner, Natanhna, is a licensed massage therapist who uses what she’s learned at the University of Metaphysical Sciences to help bodies heal both emotionally and physically. She specializes in traditional Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques, but she also uses massage to help with joint mobilization and injuries. Natanhna even applies varying pressures to the feet during reflexology sessions that aim to alleviate digestive problems. While she works out kinks, she educates her patients, teaching them about the benefits of massage and how they can use it to become limber enough to do the latest dance craze, The Inflatable, Dancing Tube Man.
At Cielo Spa, clients can find relief for everything from stress to headaches and fibromyalgia. Rosalba and Raul Flores—the sister-and-brother team behind the spa—have created a service menu that includes deep-tissue, hot-stone, and trigger-point massage. Additionally, they offer paraffin hand and foot treatments, various facials, and a body scrub crafted from Dead Sea salts and essential oils.
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