Healing Touch Massage Therapy founder Lori Garcia certainly sees the relaxing benefits of her trade. She finds that massage can act as a stress combatant that prevents the onset of disease, or simply, as she puts it, as "a positive ripple effect" that resounds throughout her clients' personal and professional lives. Her private rooms—warm, low-lit spaces with comfortable massage beds and lullaby karaoke—most definitely contribute to the spa's restful vibe.
But Lori is also an advocate of the more acute applications of massage, as she specializes in medical and therapeutic treatment. Upon receiving her certification, she pursued advanced training in 11 different techniques, including oncology massage, reflexology, and applied kinesiology. To that end, she performs 16 types of body treatments at Healing Touch, which range from neuromuscular and trigger-point therapy to hot-stone massage and raindrop technique. She has recently expanded into detoxifying therapies as well (including ionic footbaths and far-infrared body wraps), and will soon be introducing aesthetic services.
At Desert Acadia Skin and Massage Spa, Tess Elges does it all. The accomplished massage therapist performs seven different modalities including medical, deep-tissue, and hot stone massage. But she's also a licensed aesthetician who treats skincare woes with everything from microdermabrasion to pumpkin peels to oxygen infusions. Tess can also smooth bodies with sugar or salt scrubs, wax away fuzz from the face and body, and give a new tint to brows, lashes, and car windows.
Stationed beside plush massage tables at Essential Bodyworks’ Arvada and Westminster locations, licensed therapists run their nimble fingers across backs, shoulders, and limbs as they perform a litany of massage services. Their therapeutic playbook features standbys such as flowing Swedish and firm deep-tissue strokes alongside more exotic modalities such as hot-stone massage and raindrop therapy. The therapists’ concern for holistic well-being doesn’t stop at joints and muscles; during allergy treatments, they apply river rocks and hot towels to the upper body to clear sinuses before dipping feet into a bubbly bath of cough syrup.:m]]
Colby Bryant is a licensed neuromuscular-massage therapist who specializes in soft-tissue ailments such TMJ disorder, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and whiplash. By identifying sources of tension, Colby hopes to isolate treatment and accelerate the healing process. A typical session may consist of Swedish strokes to promote circulation or firmer deep-tissue pressure to access lower-layer aches.
Though she began practicing massage therapy full-time in 1990, registered massage therapist Carrie Steffens has always been interested in helping others. She was raised by parents who emphasized the importance of holistic health and an eco-friendly lifestyle, growing their own produce in an organic garden and incorporating meditation and energy work into their everyday lives.
At Alchemy Massage & MPS Therapy, Steffens continues their tradition of physical and mental healing with a variety of specialized treatments. She performs deep-tissue, prenatal, and neuromuscular massage therapy, but she is also experienced in structural integration bodywork and is a master teacher of reiki-energy techniques. Dexterous at the art of pain management, Steffens can alleviate discomfort resulting from whiplash, carpal-tunnel syndrome, or extended eye contact with two clowns smushing their faces together.
It was through his own experience as a young athlete and his wife's pregnancy that Doctor of Chiropractic Ryan Day found himself specializing in the treatment of athletes and mothers-to-be. In addition to helping sports buffs defeat aches with spinal adjustments, Dr. Day also aims to improve athletic performance with kinesio taping. He is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, so he is also adept at treating rug rats, lil' tykes, and whippersnappers alike.