Licensed massage therapist Tracy Sprader reduces clients' mental stress and muscular tension with custom kneading routines performed over the course of 60 or 90 minutes. As senses ripen amid the chocolate-hued walls and flickering candles of a private treatment room, Tracy divines the client’s particular massage preferences through a full consultation. Once Tracy has determined a game plan that's equally suited to assuaging aches as it is to scrambling the letters on a Scrabble board, her skilled fingers shuffle across backs, executing either relaxation or deep-tissue massages. The relaxation massage offers light to medium pressure while the deep-tissue option involves deeper kneading. Both massages employ a combination of hot-and-cold therapy.
Long before modern medical conveniences—such as computers and robot doctors—the primary form of therapy was massage. And it's still going strong. Working out of Shade Tree Massage, licensed massage therapist Kristin Schlosser can sideline ailments ranging from achy muscles to sports injuries with a diverse array of healing techniques. Guests may request flowing Swedish strokes to ease tension or focus on lower-layer aches with Kristin's signature deep-tissue massage.
Inside the tranquil office, the experienced massage therapists at A Touch of Heaven employ personalized handiwork to unwind burdened bodies. Professionally trained in a variety of techniques, from Swedish massage to trigger-point therapy, the muscle mavens tailor 60-minute massages to each client’s needs and particular areas of concern. Aromatherapy soothes senses with pleasing aromas, and a revitalizing eye treatment diminishes fine lines and reduces puffiness, dryness, and any bothersome issues related to peering into the ninth dimension.
Named a Top Salon by Milwaukee Magazine in 2006, Bella Lei gives clients an upscale spa experience in an intimate setting. Take advantage of these environs and spend 60 minutes the Swedish way ($70 value), as trained massage therapists use firm pressure and complicated kneading techniques to untie knots and burst stress bubbles. Twitching muscles frequently relax after these sessions and show a marked improvement in standardized testing scores. For clients looking for a fresher front, the Vivo Facial ($70 value) uses a marine mask to create an even tone, while a full hand, arm, face, and décolleté massage carries the glow up through your neck and down to your fingertips like a carrier pigeon on a Fantastic Voyage.
The massage therapists at InTouch Therapeutic Massage, LLC take an integrative approach to healing the body through massage therapy. That means their services include traditional techniques like swedish massage as well as more holistic ones such as myofascial release and lymphatic drainage. All massages except couples massage can be scheduled for durations that range from 30–120 minutes, which is how long it takes the average person to run a marathon. For new clients, massage therapists are eager to spend a couple extra minutes before the appointment to learn about each client's health history and golas for the session.
Seated in one of Allure Salon & Spa's plush salon chairs, visitors look out over the bubbling brooks of the Milwaukee River as skilled stylists and aestheticians tend to their hair and complexions with a long list of beautifying services. Swathed in earth tones and adorned with rustic accents—from redbrick walls to wooden cabinets that hold the aestheticians’ very own additive-free products—the upscale salon attempts to capture the peacefulness of the river outside with exfoliating facials, soothing aromatherapy massages, and rejuvenating body treatments. Stylists design hair for men, women, and children, coloring or highlighting longer strands before arranging them into shapes inspired by the bold, fin-like structure of the nearby Milwaukee Art Museum.