“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.
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.
Shear Perfection Salon & Spa invites guests to enjoy relaxing services that cover nearly every facet of beauty. As stylists sculpt manes with haircuts and permanent waves, nail techs pamper paws with mani-pedis that include a skin-softening scrub, soothing massage, and a reading of each toe's favorite bedtime story. Armed with both a standup tanning bed and spray-on techniques, the salon helps patrons conquer pallid complexions and complement the natural glow produced by facials and pore-purifying microdermabrasion. Those looking to add a touch of glamour to an already polished exterior can opt for eyelash extensions or ask about the salon's ear-piercing services, while those who prefer to leave the Mediterranean-inspired confines feeling lighter than when they came can shed stress under the relaxing ministrations of a Swedish or cellulite-reducing massage.
A century ago, the ailing sought relief in the naturally occurring salt caves of Canada, Europe, and Asia. Today, visitors to Hygea Wellness Co & Salt Room follow in the footsteps of their afflicted predecessors. Seven tons of kosher Dead Sea salt frosts the walls and floors of a cavernous room where customers relax and inhale its healing effects or season the rims of their margaritas. The fine salt aerosol, chock-full of minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium, can help to assuage skin and breathing maladies. The salty lungfuls breed negative ions in the body, diminishing free radicals and bacteria that contribute to allergies, asthma, and even the common cold. The cave safely restores health to adults and kids alike, but it actually works faster in youngsters, who stay entertained with sandbox toys, books, and DVDs. Their parents can attach laptops to electrical plugs and surf free WiFi during sessions, or they can simply enjoy the memories of mom's perfectly seasoned chicken noodle soup engendered by the mineral-laden room. Relaxation continues during massages, body wraps, and salt scrubs.