Practitioners at Stretch U employ The Carey Stretch method, which was developed by professional physical therapist John Carey. Through his work with countless professional athletes, including baseball players and golfers, John developed his method to help unblock constricted neural pathways and help boost functioning of the nervous system. Through a combination of stretching muscles, nerves, and the myofascial system, the Cary Stretch method strives to improve athletic performance, increase mobility, and increase range of motion.
From more than 80 locations nationwide, the therapists of Elements Therapeutic Massage performed more than 400,000 massages in 2011. The deft team continues their pursuit of pampering by performing comprehensive consultations before every service. Once health concerns have been highlighted, therapists ameliorate stress by applying the client's desired level of pressure and avoiding any and all knock-knock-joke attempts. Though all of the therapists are well-versed in Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, some are also familiar with prenatal, sports, hot-stone, or trigger-point modalities.
The licensed massage therapists at New Beginnings Massage Therapy soothe stressed physiques with a full menu of massage modalities. Therapists calibrate the amount of pressure to please each back, working over muscles with the techniques of standard Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone treatments or specialized prenatal, reflexology, and cranial massages. The staff also promotes healthy skin with paraffin-wax dips for the hands and feet, sugar scrubs, and seaweed body wraps for homesick mermaids.
In addition to enlivening bodies with a sense of well-being, New Beginnings Massage Therapy also inspires joy by raising support for the Down Syndrome Association.
One could say that 1996 was one of the worst years of Sara Alavi’s life. Within the span of months, she lost sight in her left eye, was diagnosed with MS, and developed a heart condition. Any one of those conditions could have debilitated her spirit, but Sara always lived by the mantra of “gratitude toward the gift of life and being grateful for our loved ones' lives.” That devotion to celebrating life led her toward the mind-calming and body-strengthening practice of yoga. After continued dedication to the ancient art, her eyesight returned and her health began to skyrocket.
Now a certified yoga instructor herself, Sara uses her earth-toned studio to host the bodies and minds of her students. Her yoga classes aim to improve bodily health by increasing blood flow and releasing muscle tension while stimulating the mind for sharper concentration and funnier Mad Libs. In the studio’s flower-curtain-lined healing room, Sara performs the raindrop massage: a combination of essential oils and reflexive therapy. She balances disrupted energy flows with reiki healing and assists at-home meditation with a guided relaxation CD.
At Enhance Your Natural Beauty, aestheticians and massage therapists use the latest technology to help clients achieve the look they want without plastic surgery. Owner Denice Elwell, a licensed aesthetician and medical micropigmentologist with 25 years of experience in the medical and dental fields, leads her team in performing noninvasive, FDA-approved anti-aging procedures. The beauty pros begin every skincare visit with a thorough analysis that measures skin's pH and hydration. One available treatment is the HydraFacial, a gentle procedure that reduces wrinkles while moisturizing the skin. The crew also combats cellulite with body wraps and radio-frequency Alma Accent cellulite treatments, enhances visages with permanent makeup including beauty marks and lip liners, and eases quotidian stresses with massages.
The spa's Asian decor, candlelight and incense, and complimentary hot tea create a warm, welcoming ambiance. To preserve the spa's coveted tranquility, staffers ask that clients silence their cell phones, speak softly, and carry a big rain stick.
Renaissance Salon & Spa took over its stately 1920s farmhouse in the year 2000. There, aestheticians make the most of the homey setting with treatment packages that really let clients settle in. A Euphoria package, for example, begins with a a warm towel treatment for the face and a scalp massage with flower water. Guests then step into the spa's clawfoot tub, soaking in essential oils and rose petals. Another package, the Hot Toddy for the Body, evokes the aromas of that restorative drink with a nectar bath followed by a bourbon-and-brown-sugar scrub that might have you furtively licking your wrist for the rest of the day.
If you don't have a whole afternoon to lounge about, other services include spray tans, hair coloring, and pedicures. Many treatments also incorporate organic and botanical ingredients?Aveda botanical skin resurfacing serves as an alternative to microdermabrasion, and a fusion hot-stone massage gets its fresh scent from native plants.