To certified massage therapists Robert and Anka, massage therapy transcends luxurious relaxation. They view the therapeutic mollifying of muscles as a legitimate form of healing that can help the body recover from a range of conditions. Since ailments are specific to each individual, Robert and Anka cede control of the massage to the client, who directs the therapists' hands to areas in greatest need of attention and fingerprints.
Both extremely skilled in a variety of massages, Robert and Anka blur the line between the styles. Rather than rigidly adhering to style, they mine the overlap between Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, and trigger point and craft a wholly unique massage experience based on the needs of each client.
With a massage therapist's license and 10 years of experience in his pocket, Shawn Cassady knows his way around a back. He easily targets common complaints such as stress, muscle tension, and pain by zeroing in on each muscle and limb with practiced strokes and a fine sense for knots and kinks. His repertoire of styles ranges from the Swedish massage, which brings about a feeling of full-body relaxation with light-handed strokes and gentle pressure, to deep-tissue and sports massages, which are designed to help the bodies of athletes and overextended gym bags to recover from the rigors of an active lifestyle. Shawn's empathy for those who live with the ramifications of a physically demanding or stressful career runs deep, which is why he knocks 10% off his prices for military, police, and fire personnel.
The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.
“How would you describe yourself?” “What is your ideal look?” These are some of the first words new clients hear from owner Frances of Amore Francesca Salon & Spa. Frances takes the time to get to know her clients during meaningful conversations to ensure that their new ‘dos will reflect their personality and beauty goals. These conversations can be heard swirling through the chic black-and-gray salon by her team of new and junior- and senior-level stylists, each armed with high quality MoroccanOil and Schwarzkopf products. As stylists revamp ‘dos with precision cuts, ombre hair coloring, and special-occasion updos, nail technicians dole out no-chip and regular manicures to add the finishing touch. To complement the full-service salon, a full-service spa keeps skin looking effortlessly healthy with airbrush and UV tanning as well as waxing and threading services. Aestheticians take the time to determine skin type before pampering visages with five styles of facials for men, women, and teens, and massage therapists scientifically determine the acute right angles in the back before kneading them out with deep-tissue or lymphatic-drainage modalities.
Carol Hameister, a former United Airlines flight attendant, spent 15 years reminding travelers about the first step in an emergency—put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. Today, Carol invites people into her newly expanded Stolen Moments Spa, where they can forget distractions and stresses and focus on themselves during spa treatments. By bridging the divide between med spa and day spa, Carol’s services blend the efficacy of treatments such as microdermabrasion with the pampering qualities of botanical-based facials. Stolen Moments uses only botanically based products.
Believing the human body can be rejuvenated through more methods than medicine alone, the staff at Brinka Health and Wellness Center utilize various holistic techniques to bolster patients' well-being. Doctor of Chiropractic Ryan Brinka, who became a strong believer in the profession in college after a chiropractor eliminated the pain resulting from a childhood neck injury, eases discomfort by adjusting the body's spinal column. The staff further shoos away pain with oriental medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Life coach Brenda Brinka keeps patients in shape during her 12-week weight-loss program by tailoring exercise regimes, recommending dietary supplements, and blasting a bullhorn whenever clients pick up a donut.