Tammy Dean knows a little bit about the demands we put on our bodies. Before opening Massage by Tammy, she served in the US Navy for 20 years. Upon reentering civilian life she enrolled in massage school, earned her massage therapist's license, and continues to contribute to the welfare of the general population. But instead of serving the country she now serves the muscles. Tammy tailors each session to the needs of her clients, and may incorporates techniques from trigger-point therapy and advanced stretching.?She offers relaxation massage for those with frayed nerves and stress, and deep-tissue massage to allay physical issues such as tension, chronic pain, or knots in the muscles that are tighter than a tightrope walker's shoelaces.
Experienced massage therapist Angie Strickland addresses each client's personal problem spots with Swedish, deep-tissue, or medical massages, selecting the best type to optimize back bliss or ameliorate recurring issues. Swedish massages are customized based on pressure preferences ranging from deep kneading to the same soft strokes commonly practiced on sleeping marshmallows. The firm pressure of deep-tissue massage coddles damaged tissue and targets pain locked inside frames to help heal sore spots and relieve pain. A range of other therapeutic techniques—including neuromuscular, myofascial, and cupping—cosset frames during medical massages. These targeted strokes help soothe aching necks and melt shoulders frozen during sparring matches with snowmen. Hot towels keep massaged muscles warm, loose, and reveling in the afterglow of prolonged relaxation.
BoHo Skincare Boutique & Spa owner Pilar Anderson makes sure her dedication to earth-friendly practices is transparent at her comfortably luxurious spa. The licensed para-medical aesthetician, nationally certified massage therapist, and yoga practitioner wields a slew of eco-conscious products from lines such as Farmaesthetics and local company Farmhouse Fresh, the latter of which boasts many paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan products carefully packaged by the farm's amiable chickens. During soothing spa appointments, Anderson treats skin to vitamin-packed formulas that rejuvenate and hydrate while eschewing chemicals and harmful toxins.
For more than a decade, Dr. Chris Tupper has dispatched a team of experienced therapists to tend to disgruntled sinews with Swedish- and therapeutic-massage techniques. During each 60-minute Swedish massage session, specialists permeate nostrils with ambrosial aromatherapy treatments featuring Young Living essential oils. Warm towels swaddle spines to encourage relaxation before therapists employ kneading motions, long strokes, deep circular motions, and gentle tapping to soften stressed muscles, calm anxious souls, and jostle lackadaisical skeletons out of their power naps. Alternatively, 55-minute therapeutic massage sessions apply firmer pressure and myofascial-release techniques, which alleviate muscle pain, spasms, and inflammation and give tendons and ligaments a place to vent their grievances.
Southern Breeze Day Spa freshens tired bone bags and soul sacks alike with a variety of detoxification treatments, massages, and other targeted treatments. Freshen a flagging frontispiece with dual services such as a euro-facial, which cleans, tones, and moisturizes skin and includes a rejuvenating scalp massage ($30). Or work out tension from kinked feelers and their like-minded supports by opting for a hand/arm or leg/foot massage ($30 each). A targeted massage ($35) is ideal for unknotting precise pains from a specific area such as the lower back, hips, or hind flanks, and a detoxifying steam treatment ($25) purges the skin while retaining its nutrients and flavor. While bodies are busy blissing, eyes can feast upon the relaxing beach-themed décor or peruse the spa's retail offerings, including Miche bags, as well as an array of tanning and body lotions.
Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.