Massage therapist Ruben Coates was a football player and boxer during college, but he was always known as the "little guy." Going head-to-head with much bigger opponents earned him a lot of aches and pains, but he found relief under the trained hands of a massage therapist. Each successful session left Ruben amazed at massage therapy's effectiveness, so when a commercial for massage school came on TV one day, he jumped at the opportunity to pay it forward and help others.
Now a registered massage therapist, Ruben spends his days helping clients find relief from back pain and improve joint flexibility. He utilizes trigger-point therapy and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Ruben's massage sessions are held at Precise Touch, unless clients request a mobile massage at their home, sports tournament, or traffic court date.
For the therapists at Elements Massage, massages aren't just about luxury. Sure, that's an important part of it, but they're first and foremost about helping the body heal. So when these therapists set to work, their focus is on goals such as easing neck pain, warding off tension, boosting circulation, and improving range of motion.
Of course, it all starts with listening. It's much easier to achieve positive results when you know what's wrong, which is why the therapists set aside some time to talk with their clients beforehand. During these informal consultations, they take note of specific concerns and answer questions such as "Will this hurt?" and "Wait, most people have how many shoulders?"
From the beige walls of Indulge Salon & Day Spa, framed pictures of Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn watch over salon chairs as licensed beauty professionals make visitors feel like celebrities. Owner Wendy Zahradka and Manager Debbie McCotter lead a hospitable team that overhauls outer appearances with haircuts, perms, and coloring services for both men and women. They even keep facial hair tidy with hot lather shaves, perform relaxing massages, and create custom facials that remove dirt from pores, exfoliate skin, and erase fingerprints from when the Tooth Fairy investigates your mouth when you sleep.
Licensed chiropractor Rob Marvenko sees the body as a single, harmonious entity. Each component affects the function of all the others, as in a delicate ecosystem or the mosh pit at a Slayer concert. Marvenko's hands-on techniques reflect this holistic view of the body. During neuromuscular-reeducation sessions for soft-tissue injuries, he reinforces the nerve signals for functional movement by use of repetitive motions and muscle stimulation. Through the Chiropractic Biophysics technique, he focuses on normalizing posture and spinal curvature. In addition to bringing spines and nervous systems back into balance, he and the clinic's massage therapist practice hydrotherapy massage and physical therapy.
At Full Stride Wellness, experienced massage therapists gear their services to virtually any musculoskeletal need. Athletes benefit from the clinic's sports massages, which help them increase flexibility and prevent injury, while expectant mothers find relief from their baby's in-utero gymnastics with Craniosacral massages. Other modalities cater to anyone looking to relax or for pain relief; the therapists can perform gentle Swedish strokes. Nutritional supplements and fitness equipment help clients stay healthy between visits, and convenient membership programs keep them coming back for discounted massages.
The technicians at Wellness Therapy proffer holistic alternatives to invasive procedures, performing a trio of massage modalities to abate aches and unwind knots. Their menu includes Swedish massages—which employ gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to uncoil knots—and deep-tissue massages, which use the same techniques to target lower-lying tissue. They also offer hot-stone massages, which can eradicate tension or lessen pain from a muscle-related injury, and facials that cleanse while moisturizing skin.