Guests at The Wellness Sanctuary get more than just a massage. Within the spa's homey confines, thoughtful, caring practitioners also relieve pain and illness with reiki, crystal gemstone therapy, nutritional coaching, and other holistic services. With advance notice, they can even arrange for childcare at Puddlejumpers down the block, enhancing the spa's atmosphere of tranquility by easing parents' cares and worries. The Wellness Sanctuary is open seven days a week, and offers online scheduling, all to ensure that clients can fit soothing services into their itineraries. Their overall goal is to promote wellness and help clients achieve healthier lifestyles through the power of touch and holistic approaches.
Founded by two students of the Brenneke School of Massage, Essential Life Therapy pampers its clients with the devoted attention of a cupboard genie. A team of trained practitioners relax tight muscles and clear corpuses of long-standing political tension using a variety of different massage services (all $70; $65 for reiki). Clients can relax under the classic Swedish, push out persistent pains and imbedded javelins with a deep-tissue massage, or try something new with a reflexology or Reiki—a Japanese form that employs gentle touches to heal the body physically, emotionally, and spiritually. All massages begin with a foot-calming bath that doesn’t count as a single minute in your full hour of manual bliss.
Glow's resident naturopath, Dr. Rachel Erickson, is a licensed primary doctor who focuses on the health of the whole person, treating not just the symptoms but the root causes of interconnected physical and emotional ailments. Depending on your needs and her diagnosis, she might recommend nutritional changes, herbal supplementation, or 50 push-ups "right here, right now." The good doctor is particularly adept at treating digestive and skin complaints, endocrine disorders, and chronic disease. She also has a passion for women's health—mitigating the discomforts of PMS, menopause, cervical dysplasia, and bad romances.
Lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, camphor, and lime—massage therapist Michele Mecum and her staff use this quintet of soothing scents during Thai herbal massages, pairing them with rhythmic strokes to send patrons into a deeply relaxed state: Vermont. Relaxation is the driving purpose behind Michele’s massages, which she has honed over 14 years in the field. Soothing Swedish massages employ sweeping, gentle strokes to boost blood flow and flexibility. They also perform deep-tissue massages, which mute chronically achy muscles by breaking up knots in lower-layer musculature.
Though many clients visit Medicine River Center for a massage that will treat tight muscles or back pain, many others visit for metaphysical reasons as opposed to just physical ones. That's because the staff is stocked with astrologists, psychics, and mediums. Each practitioner's services vary, depending on their area of expertise, but all offer alternative solutions that can help customers deal with stress, navigate personal crises, and find their life path.
Techniques from myriad cultures converge at Massage by Sarai—from the rhythmic, flowing strokes of the ancient Polynesian lomilomi modality to the gentle pressure of the japanese toning facial massage. But whether they’re designed to induce relaxation or rejuvenate the skin, all treatments can be luxurious. Clients need only opt for one of the multitude of add-ons, such as roman dry brushing, aromatherapy, paraffin dips, and peppermint foot scrubs.