Licensed massage therapists Marielle Shoffstall and Vincent Cicchetti join forces under the guise of Therapy Touch Massage, where they focus on treatments that assuage stress and reduce pain. Their soothing repertoire includes a signature custom massage, gentle Swedish strokes, and a more intense deep-tissue massage that targets buried aches. They also relieve mommies-to-be with prenatal treatments, which work to alleviate common maternity issues such as stiff necks, back pain, and the inability to hula-hoop. A variety of Spaaahh Therapies can enhance each treatment with pressure-point reflexology or hot-stone-and-bamboo fusion.
Inside InEssence Salon & Spa, guests are welcomed by a comforting cup of herbal tea in the hopes that it will help spirit them away from the stresses they left outside. Once the refreshments have had time to take effect, willing bodies are led to the massage table, where therapists ease out remaining aches and pains with techniques such as hot-stone or trigger-point therapy, or to the styling chair, where split ends are swiftly shed to gift shoulders a newfound lightness of being. Facials address every type of skin—from sensitive and dry to mature and pie-covered⎯while mani-pedis keep appendages looking fresh with essential oils, custom-blended scrubs, and anti-aging ingredients.
Jennifer Stephens massages muscles and pampers skin with homemade products blended from fresh produce, local honey, and therapeutic clays. The products she uses are important to her, because her goal is to help clients escape from stress without having to rely on drugs or create their own sprawling fantasy universe. She is trained in an array of bodywork modalities, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology.
Massage therapist Mary Koontz offers a full lineup of treatments to help her clients to regain a superior quality of life. Mary draws from an arsenal of modalities, including relaxation, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, to tackle the knots and tension that tighten up backs. She can augment these knead-a-thons with bendy bamboo rods, smoothing paraffin dips, and manual lymphatic drainage techniques, which use light, rhythmic motions to cleanse toxins and wastes from the body. Her spa treats clients to both a la carte massages and monthly membership plans that combat the stresses of heavy lifting, office-chair posture, and afternoon naps in phone booths.
Belle La Vie may be a small salon, but the talent within is limitless. Women, men, and children can stop by for a haircut, which can be upgraded with coloring services, perm treatments, or intricate updos. Nearby, nail techs primp digits with meticulous manicures, acrylics, and nail art. For clients with excess stress, an intuitive therapist dissolves tension with deep-tissue, Swedish, and neuromuscular techniques.
Licensed massage therapist Dorothy DeBoise turns muscle frowns upside down with her specialty bodywork. Dorothy can promote relaxation with percussive shiatsu strokes or temper lower-layer pain with deep-tissue or trigger-point therapy. To ramp up massages, clients may also request indulgent add-ons such as lava shells, hot stones, and soothing aromatherapy.
The licensed massage therapists at Advanced Integrated Massage evict knots and kinks from their sinewy hiding places with several types of therapeutic bodywork. Upon arrival, clients step into a cave of relaxation lined with dark, soothing colors, comfy Danish furniture, and carpet that emits the calming sounds of ocean waves and whale songs when tread upon. Grouponers may choose a therapeutic massage, deep-tissue massage, or relaxation rubdown any time of year, and those who visit during the winter may melt stress away with a hot-stone treatment. The studio also offers Kinesio Taping, a rehabilitative technique that stabilizes joints and manipulates soft tissue with latex-free tape and subtle flattery. This treatment gently lifts the skin, decreasing pain and inflammation. With appointment times available throughout the week and in evenings and on Saturdays, guests can conveniently expel aches after work, school, or biweekly supervillain-support-group meetings.