To Shannon Edwards-Moore, a massage isn’t only a relaxing experience—it’s also a chance to leave her satisfied clients feeling balanced in body, mind, and soul. In addition to calming Swedish massages, which she especially recommends for those new to massage, Shannon targets tension and knots with more intense pressure during deep-tissue sessions. Sports massages help stave off athletic injuries or undo the pain caused by limbo incidents, and prenatal massages soothe tired muscles and pregnancy discomfort.
Add-ons take the relaxation even deeper as Shannon applies hot stones, fills the room with tranquil aromatherapy, or treats faces to scrubs, masks, and hot towels. Tucked inside the Alamo Family Fitness Center, her private massage room is awash in ocean blues and soft yellows.
After earning his license and working as a therapist in various other spas, Dre M. Ellis felt it was time to see what he could do on his own. If the long list of happy clients at Rubzdeep Massage is any indication, he has succeeded wildly. The entrepreneurial therapist stakes his stellar reputation on traditional modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage, though he also specializes in prenatal and therapeutic techniques.
To keep things interesting, Dre also offers an alternative menu with exotic treatments such as a Balinese massage, which combines kneading and rolling strokes with a foot massage and coconut oils. Another technique Dre has plucked from the far reaches of the world is acupressure, an Asian massage style that balances the body by applying finger pressure to the red reset button at the bottom of the spine.
Signature Service: Massage Therapy
Brands Used: doTERRA Essential Oils
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Please advise therapist of any health conditions and any areas that may be giving you problems
Located inside Advanced Massage Concepts, Intelligent Therapeutic Solution helps manage pain with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. The studio's massage therapist occasionally incorporates stretching and myofascial release techniques to amplify the effects of the relaxing treatments. Mud wraps also offer a different approach to pain relief: the 40-minute sessions help loosen tense muscles and remove bodily toxins.
Doctor of Chiropractic Cynthia Gans relies on the body's own healing energies to alleviate pain and help patients look younger. She administers noninvasive adjustments to help correct a range of ailments, such as headaches and digestive issues, without the use of drugs. Triggering the skin's response to micro-trauma, she simulates surgical face-lifts with nonsurgical acupuncture anti-aging facials.
Inside a warm, private treatment room, soft music sets the stage for serene massage sessions. Here, licensed massage therapists tame tension with an effleurage of soothing strokes that range over the entire body. Though they predominantly rely on their bare hands during deep-tissue and prenatal massages, therapists also apply warm towels and hot stones to relax clients.