Massage therapy wasn’t always in the cards for Rebecca Whitehead. The licensed massage therapist originally set out to be a dental hygienist, and practiced for four years before enrolling in massage therapy school. There, she found the type of passion she couldn't seem to find in her former profession, and today she calls her departure from dentistry the "best decision I have ever made.”
Today, Rebecca runs her own practice—Rebecca Whitehead Massage—where she uses her skills to help others find relief from stress and pain. Her 60- and 90-minute Swedish, deep-tissue, and therapeutic massages are performed in quiet, heated rooms, and are fully customized to help treat specific ailments such as poor range of motion or cramping. Beyond just treating the back, each full-body massage also includes work on the neck, shoulders, arms, legs, hands, and feet, all while avoiding the self-destruct button that all humans have between their second and third toes.
After graduating from a 900-hour massage-therapy program in 2008, Natural Approach Muscular Therapy's Ryan Tapia began using his trained hands on clients ranging from spa-goers to medical patients. Today, he harnesses his unique blend of holistic and clinical experience to pamper guests with massages that instill relaxation as well as produce results. To add to the experience, Ryan personalizes each session to meet clients' specific needs, such as tapping out Chopsticks on their shoulder blades.
Chimera Massage & Day Spa's therapists provide customized massages, merging modalities to create a treatment suited to each client's individual needs. They conduct each session in a private treatment room that perfectly blends functionality and comfort, where gauzy curtains let natural light filter in to warm the green walls and the earth-toned blankets that are draped over the massage table.
Massages, body scrubs, and facials dominate the services at The Day Spa at Skin Deep. Inside, beauty technicians put time into helping their clients get into a relaxed state before they get started improving complexions and soothing muscles. On top of their expertise in body care, staff members bring their confidence and welcoming attitudes to each service, making the spa feel comfortable for both frequent spagoers and those who have only previously gotten facials from a friend's cousin's spouse's brother.
The stylists at Voila Salon and Day Spa accent their full spread of traditional salon and spa services with an eco-savvy twist. In addition to a reliance on organic haircare products from Surface and Davines, the team uses environmentally responsible cleaning products and shares a strong commitment to recycling. Even their building is recycled, as the salon and spa operates out of a renovated church.
Downstairs, a bustling salon accommodates haircuts and coloring services surrounded by cream-colored walls and sunny track lighting. A mere flight of stairs away, the second-floor spa welcomes clients to a quiet, secluded space where they can enjoy Bioelements facials and massages while daydreaming about ways to subvert world peace in their next game of Risk.
Soothing music sets a tranquil mood, and nearby, an aromatic candle flickers gently. The scene is not only the most romantic way to roast s'mores, but also what you'll encounter if you get a flame massage—one of six different modalities Lynn Priest performs. The licensed massage therapist, Reiki master, and Sedona Wellness owner doesn't work alone, however. Alongside Lynn, nail tech Beth O'Neill spruces up digits with manicures and pedicures, and reflexologists alleviate pain by tapping into the body's reflex points.