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.
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 Red Rock Massage, certified massage therapists and skilled aestheticians deliver a range of relaxing spa treatments. Swedish massages reduce tightness and improve circulation with a combination of gliding, kneading, and friction strokes, and deep-tissue techniques dig into muscle tissue to excavate stress and fossilized car keys. With Swedish strokes and volcanic basalt rocks heated up to 120 degrees, hot-stone massages soothe the last shreds of stress from a long day of asking coworkers about the location of Carmen Sandiego. Staff members massage necks, heads, and shoulders and rub scalps with scented aromatherapy oils during a moisture-minded Wax and Relax treatment, which also washes away tension from hands and feet with a warm bath of paraffin wax.
Communication is key at Massage Mantra, where a team of seven licensed massage therapists encourages clients to describe their pains and stresses and listens closely in order to structure treatments suitable to their needs. Once they have taken your input to heart, they stretch out their nimble hands and begin to soothe muscles with one of six available bodywork modalities, from reiki treatments that calibrate the body's energy levels to sports massages that methodically extract hockey pucks lodged between muscles. A roster of skin-specific facials complements the massages’ inner healing with infusions of nourishing vitamins that promote a healthy outer glow.
Minska Massage specializes in services that relax and transform the body. The staff of attentive massage therapists performs its healing art in every environment imaginable, from offices to homes to the comforts of three spa locations. Massage services help soothe pains caused by athletic activity or knot-inducing office work, and lengthy sessions can help bodies release toxins locked deep within muscles. The team of aestheticians perfects bodies’ appearances with body wraps, saunas, and other services designed to reduce cellulite or trim inches off waists and thighs in time for beach season, high-school reunions, or National Leave Your Pants at Home Day.