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.
More than a dozen hair and beauty experts ply their trade at Alley Cats Salon, and among them is Reanon Casillo, manager of the aesthetics department. Well versed in theories of skincare and facial harmony, Reanon's skills are not just limited to pore cleansing and brow shaping—she also deftly unties knots in tense muscles during relaxing massage sessions and unblocks energy pathways that have become stricken with logjams during holistic acupuncture sessions.
When it comes to helping others relax, Shaunte D. Strong pulls double duty. When she’s not unwinding kinked muscles at Massage Envy, the nationally certified licensed massage therapist also takes on clients through her own business, Indulgence. No matter the venue, Shaunte alleviates discomfort associated with everyday stress through Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal modalities. Her rehabilitative massage reduces scar tissue after surgery or trauma, and her sports-massage techniques help to improve range of motion and heal athletic injuries incurred during particularly involved victory dances. Clients looking for further indulgence may purchase Shaunte's staycation package: a two-hour treatment—performed in patrons' homes or at the studio—that includes a facial, exfoliating foot treatment, massage, and light refreshments.
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.
The Body Wrap Spalon slims and detoxifies bodies with a suite of relaxing treatments that leave physical forms purified and refreshed. The detox package leads off with an infrared-sauna session, which stimulates the lymphatic and metabolic systems, flushing away impurities and shrunken magic school buses with a cleansing sweat. The 30-minute Swedish massage continues to purge toxins with a circulation-boosting combination of gentle effleurage strokes, hot-towel treatments, and aromatherapy. In the 15-minute ion foot detox, customers dunk tootsies in a footbath charged with negative ions, drawing toxins out through the skin and into the water. Atop a vibrating Power Plate, clients repose like Sleeping Beauty on a posturepedic mattress during the 10-minute whole-body vibration treatment aimed at helping guests boost their metabolism, increase muscle density, and lose weight.
At Something to Remember Massage and Spa, trained hands glide across backs as they zero in on areas of tension. Seamlessly moving from one knot to the next, professionals’ fingers seem to draw out the pain, stress, and soreness that often weigh a person down. While some sessions at a spa are forgettable, the best massages aren't forgotten. At Something to Remember Massage and Spa, staff members’ goal is to take away worries and replace them with memories of unadulterated relaxation. They do so with a variety of different treatments, from classic Swedish massage to more esthetic-centric services like sugar scrubs and a seaweed body wrap that tightens skin and makes customers more attractive to mermen and mermaids.