“My back is killing me!” Steve Corson regularly heard complaints like this while working in the restaurant biz. The desire to quell backaches and workplace stress is what eventually drove him to become a licensed massage therapist. He set up shop in Full Throttle Ink tattoo parlor, where he dissolves tension with long, gliding Swedish strokes and concentrated deep-tissue kneads. Steve also tends to sports-related injuries, and he tackles painful knots built up over time or after pro games of Twister using trigger-point therapy.
Licensed massage therapist Thomas Snyder works in two different settings: clients’ homes and his own homey, red-brick studio. In either case, he relaxes muscles and relieves tension with a diverse range of bodywork treatments, including therapeutic massage, craniosacral therapy, and reflexology. He even offers massage parties, during which he treats guests to soothing strokes in celebration of the host’s birthday, bridal shower, or other important events.
As the founder of Yorktown Chiropractic, Dr. Philip Jeanmenne calls upon his advanced knowledge of anatomy and his experiences as an athlete to treat sports injuries and tend to the stresses of everyday life. His enthusiasm for the mechanisms of movement extends to his assistant, Amanda, who works closely with patients to address their concerns during exams and consultations. X-ray, ultrasound, and electronic muscle-stimulation equipment lines the office walls, lending assistance to Dr. Phil as he decompresses spines and tends to vertebral discs scratched from overplaying. On his rare breaks from providing and overseeing chiropractic, massage, and nutritional services, Dr. Phil strives to better understand the body’s needs through continuing education.
Inspired by time spent in Germany, where massage plays an integral role in healthcare, licensed practical nurse and massage therapist Leisa Leber has made it her mission to promote wellness with the healing power of touch. Leber has used massage to help both nursing patients and family members, and went on to study Swedish, neuromuscular, and deep-tissue modalities at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. She continued her training at Upledger Institute International, adding lymphatic drainage and craniosacral therapy to her manual repertoire. To stay informed, Leber maintains membership with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners, having learned the elaborate, reflexology-based secret handshake required for participation.
Leber enhances the many benefits of treatment with soft music, paraben-free aromatherapy oils, or soothing paraffin wax. Entrance ramps accommodate walkers or wheelchairs, and a walking path next to the studio invites patrons to explore the tranquility of nature with newly limber muscles.
The 200-year-old farmhouse that holds Barefoot Yoga and Wellness Studio now stands as a place where health and wellness are carefully cultivated. In its confines, the staff’s work ranges from small-group yoga and tai chi classes to holistic services such as ear candling and hypnotherapy. Occasional workshops, certification programs, and events are available for those who want to take their wellness studies to a higher level.