Kevin Brooks had never seen anything like this before: the woman lying on his massage table had not been able to bend over without experiencing excruciating pain in her abdomen for about a year. With only 15 minutes left in the session, Kevin's trained hands dug in to her tense psoas muscles, which span the lower spine to the top of the thigh. Following this application of deep-tissue technique, the client bent to put on her shoes and gasped. The pain was gone. This is why Kevin maintains that massage therapists shouldn't sell a type of massage; they should sell relief from pain.
Twelve years ago, he founded Simply Kneaded to provide his clientele with relief from aches and tension. His massage therapists use any technique at their disposal, be it deep-tissue work, acupressure, or lullabies sung in solfège, to disperse pain or immobility. Today, his business has expanded to multiple locations, and he carefully screens each of his therapists according to his own rigorous standards and in accordance with the frequent political coups of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Amore Day Spa?s owner Kelly Kim spent years honing her craft by working as a licensed aesthetician and product specialist before opening her own day spa in 2011. Born and raised in South Korea, she spent the first eight years of her career traveling between her home country and Seattle, making her particularly well-suited to address the needs of other busy women who often forget to make time for themselves. Together with her staff, Kelly doles out relaxation in the form of everything from tailored hot-stone massages to whole-body steam treatments that leave skin feeling soft and polished with help from salt or sugar scrubs. She can also cut down morning makeup routines with permanent eyeliner or employ full-body waxing services to trim seconds off long commutes by playground slide.
After a family trip to Hawaii inspired Spa Escape's signature Marine Mud detoxifying mask, the spa's owners worked to build a menu of services that similarly combined relaxation with a results-driven approach. Their trained staff of therapists and aestheticians helped a great deal in this mission, calling upon years of experience to develop a range of treatments to beautify and relax the body. Though the Marine Mud mask still serves as an ever-popular anchor, the spa's menu now encompasses exfoliating facials, waxing treatments, and massage therapy. Should stresses prove insusceptible to the therapists' targeted strokes and whispered rumors that your shoulders are haunted, the spa's packages grant up to a half-day of relaxation with multiple treatments.
The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at My Day Tan & Spa beckon bodies into a soothing oasis, where wall lamps line dark apricot walls and lead to private, dimly lit spa rooms. Deep-tissue kneads and fluid Swedish strokes dissipate stress caused from unresolved tickle fights, and aestheticians tackle surface problems with facials targeted to treat acne or aging. Four levels of tanning beds compete with Mystic spray-tan booths to give skin a sun-smacked glow. After their spa treatment, clients can peruse the spa?s boutique of purses, clothing, and lotions.
Harmony Within Wellness Center boasts a staff that includes massage therapists, acupuncturists, and life coaches, and they're bound together by a singular mission: to offer a welcoming place for clients to heal and rejuvenate. The center provides numerous means of doing that. The massage menu features modalities to treat a variety of needs: for instance, the Bellabaci Works massage uses silicone cups in conjunction with slimming technology and plant extracts to help detoxify the body and improve skin texture. The Remembering Me massage helps new moms feel balanced and relaxed with an organic body scrub and a paraffin foot mask. Other services include energy healing, acupuncture, and infrared sauna treatments to help ease pain and reduce stress.
A white canopy hangs from the ceiling's center, forming a snowy, gabled pathway. Shorter green curtains pull back to reveal a series of private rooms, with the canopy's flowing excess folds decorating the wall in modest emerald ponytails. After clients lie down on the Asian–style floor mats, one of Chiang Mai Thai’s skilled massage practitioners enters to mend muscles using Thai techniques, thought to have been practiced for several thousand years. By blending these time-tested stretching and joint-rotation exercises with modern Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, lightly oiled hands can release toxins held captive in the blood and career goals of becoming Han Solo trapped in the subconscious.