Escential Massage’s licensed and insured massage therapists customize each bodywork session to address each client's unique therapeutic needs using relaxation techniques and organic aromatherapy. A series of relaxing strokes spread almond oil across the body to soothe dry skin while kneading tension from several levels of muscle. Each massage incorporates aromatherapy to enliven the senses and hot stones to send soothing heat deep into connective tissue or create obstacle courses for racing frogs. Clients lay on massage beds covered with silky sheets made with 100% recycled microfibers.
April Sturz, a.k.a. "Joy," has a deeply personal relationship with her treatments because they're responsible for her own well-being. It's her mission to help everyone find the same fulfillment. Within her cozy studio, Joy can promote deep relaxation with reiki or aromatherapy or alleviate tension more directly with firm acupressure treatments.
Fully insured and licensed massage therapist Liang Jun spent her childhood in China, where she first learned the techniques of ancient Chinese medicine from her healer grandmother. Her youthful interest and aptitude in restoring balance to off-kilter energy channels soon led to her to pursue a degree in Chinese medicine and, later, to open her own healing practice in Madison’s Quarry Arts Building.
Jun's nimble fingers now lead the way through traditional massages designed to stimulate the body’s natural energy lines. By focusing on these meridians––also known as the "twelve rivers"––Jun can energize and rebalance the body's yin and yang. When not stabilizing mojos, Jun employs skills learned under a fifth-generation master to teach students tai chi, a Chinese martial art whose methodical movements can help one block out stress and escape undetected from heated political debates.
Jewel-toned walls, metallic angel wings, and ornate mirrors create a luxe, royal setting at SoJoni Hair Studio. Here, the beauty experts perform a colorful spectrum of treatments for the hair and body. Stylists snip strands, weave twirling updos, and skillfully paint locks with ombre effects or vibrant stripes of pink and purple. Nail technicians add shimmer to digits with OPI polish while clients relax in massage chairs trained in cloud imitation. A skilled specialist leads bodywork sessions, and an aesthetician provides waxing services to keep skin smooth.
When Kristie Kass began suffering from severe sciatic pain during a pregnancy, a family member suggested she try acupressure. She heeded the advice, and the resulting sessions were so successful that she decided to help others in the same manner. Now trained in acupressure, she helps her clients alleviate headaches, back problems, allergies, and digestive disorders. Kristie also specializes in reiki work, which aims to reduce anxiety and increase energy levels.
The onetime TIBIA Healing Center has now become Healing Inspirations Wellness Center. While the name is new, the mission is the same—to produce internal and external wellness. Staff members achieve those results via a variety of massage modalities as well as transformational bodywork, a treatment designed to relieve muscle tension and clear energy blockages. More conventional treatments such as Swedish, hot-stone, and therapeutic massages foster relaxation and alleviate pain and joint stiffness. For clients seeking clarity and resolution with conflicts and seemingly unbeatable video games cluttering up their lives, the center also offers spiritual- and life-guidance.
Licensed acupuncturist and certified yoga instructor Bethany Lauretano, founder and owner of Pathways to Wellness Center, LLC, blends her private teaching experience with her meditation studies in India, Japan, and America. At the integrated health-and-wellness center, she leads individuals on their own paths to well-being, with a focus on unity between body, mind, and heart. To this end, the center offers treatments in herbal medicine, acupuncture, and yoga, as well as a slew of pediatric treatments for youthful afflictions such as allergies or fear of babysitters.