Sharon Farber is the licensed massage therapist, healer, and owner of Dragonfly Healing Arts. With more than 25 years of massage therapy experience, she provides a safe place for her clients to heal and grow. Her healing center allows clients to connect their bodies, minds, and spirits in a welcoming and sacred space. It offers services including massage therapy and Reiki energy healing along with meditation, yoga, and mediumship.
True to its name, Harmony Massage & Spa uses therapeutic bodywork to help restore a sense of balance between the body, mind, and soul. The spa's therapists view massage as more than an indulgence?to them, massage should be a regular treatment for individuals seeking to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Each of the specialists' sessions work towards wellness by increasing circulation, improving joint flexibility, and alleviating chronic pains. Heated stones and soothing aromatherapy oils can accentuate the therapeutic benefits of the massage. Beyond bodywork, Harmony Massage & Spa offers facial waxing, as well as manicures and pedicures with optional nail art encased in tiny nail frames.
Patty Kingsbury got her first massage when she was in her mid-30s. At the time, she weighed 400 pounds, faced health concerns, and was deeply self-conscious about her weight. Though her therapist could have made the experience a gruesome one, she assured Patty that massage is for everyone, no matter their age or size. That feeling of acceptance touched Patty and inspired her to take control of her health and enroll at massage school.
Now, she shares that open environment with everyone who steps through the doors at Healing Hands And Bodyworks. She, her husband, and a team of therapists all provide therapeutic massages in a variety of modalities including Swedish, hot stone, and neuromuscular. During their healing hands four-handed tandem massage, two therapists work on sore muscles at the same time, creating an extremely relaxing session. Raindrop therapy, meanwhile, uses essential oils and light stretches to bring the body back into alignment with its shadow.
At Elements, you don't need spelunking gear and bat repellant to be considered a "caver." The staff applies the term to those who regularly visit its artificial salt cave—a grotto lined with pink Himalayan salt and lounge chairs. The salt dispenses particles into the air that potentially soothe the skin and combat respiratory ailments, such as congestion and asthma. And, by mimicking a natural cave, the room falls in line with the spa's eco-friendly motif. This focus on the environment pervades all of their treatments, paying homage to the elements of earth, water, wood, metal, and fire.
A wet room, complete with a vichy shower and soaking tub, best embody the "water" aspect, whereas skin and massage services incorporate the remainder of the elements. Aestheticians light up complexions with products from Naturopathica Holistic Skin Care, applying extracts of alpine willow, rosemary, and chamomile to fight the signs of acne and rosacea. Massage therapists, meanwhile, customize their kneads to the unique aches of each client. They might untie muscular knots with help from Mexican beach stones, or conduct an ashiatsu massage with their bare feet, the best tools for conducting deep-tissue work behind jackhammers set to "gentle."
Life is a balancing act, and licensed massage therapists Grace Parker and Jane Smith do their part to keep their clients centered. Not a thing seems out of proportion at Balance In Bloom: Therapeutic Massage, LLC, where they share a studio. Even their treatment menu seems strikingly balanced between its two main categories of massage: relaxation and remedial. The former incorporates light and moderate pressure coupled with heat, gentle kneading, and aromatherapy. The latter covers different territory, targeting areas of specific pain with friction, percussion, and heat or ice. In addition to these flagship modalities, Grace and Jane offer quick massages for the feet, hands, or face and couples massages that relieve stress more effectively than pedaling a tandem bicycle across a tranquil lake.
You won't find fluffy robes or soft slippers at A Matter of Touch. That's because founder C.J. Johnson is more concerned with effectively relieving pain and muscle tension than with creating a spa ambience. A licensed massage therapist, Johnson consults with clients to discuss their individual needs before setting to work with deep-tissue kneads or soothing Swedish strokes. In addition to dissipating pain, the customized treatments can improve circulation and relieve anxiety.