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.
Helmed by a trio of doctors—Dr. Greenspan, Dr. Haeffele, and Dr. Laima—Wheaton Medical Center keeps a well-trained eye on patient health with services that range from vaccines and physicals to minor surgical procedures and blood tests. The center's staff of massage therapists draw on their medical training in neuromuscular re-education to tailor each massage to target clients' specific problem areas and sore spots with a combination of Swedish, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques. Designed to help heal soft-tissue injuries, neuromuscular re-education helps reteach proper balance and range of motion to muscles led astray by chronically truant fascia.
Though ChiroSolutions’s decor exudes modern simplicity, its service menu reveals the practice's dedication to detailed, exhaustive treatments. Robert Sierszulski, DC takes a comprehensive approach to spinal care, treating everything from headaches and neck pain to sports injuries and herniated discs with chiropractic adjustments and other hands-on methods. When developing treatment plans for patients, he recommends anything from chiropractic adjusting and physical therapy to massage therapy—the latter of which is doled out in a private treatment room by a licensed massage therapist.
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.
At Heidi's Salon, licensed cosmetologists Trisha and Courtney use long-trusted beauty techniques as a base for pushing the limits of what a stylist can aesthetically achieve. For 15 years, Trisha has specialized in cuts for men, women, and children, especially excelling at full style and color transformations. Courtney, on the other hand, possesses a knack for taming curls—her precision cuts sleeken kinks and frizz, and her specialties in chemical treatments and hair extensions help her create entirely new looks. For special occasions, both stylists possess years of experience beautifying bridal parties and guests of honor.
More than 10 years ago, Transformation Bodywork owner Kathleen Fanning eschewed her corporate career for a more wholesome, fulfilling path. After earning her massage therapist certification in 2004, she traveled to an Indian orphanage where provided massage therapy to children with polio. She now works with two other licensed massage therapists at Transformation Bodywork, where they strive to impart tranquility on clientele through a variety of Eastern healing practices. Along with massage therapy services that range from hot stone to cranio-sacral, Transformation Bodywork also offers reflexology, health counseling, and personal training. Each service adopts a holistic approach, and the health counseling sessions cover all aspects of nourishment, including relationships and physical activity. Personal trainers travel to home gyms and health clubs to work within client schedules. Kathleen also shares deeksha—a spiritual practice through which she aims to impart clear mindedness, inner tranquility, and joyfulness to her clients, among other benefits.