Scott Brukman specializes in Thai yoga massage at Narada Wellness, drawing upon 25 years of his own yoga and Eastern medicine experience, and 2,500 years of Thai yoga massage techniques. Thai yoga massage incorporates Thai acupressure massage, passive yoga stretching, and hot herbal compresses while the client, fully clothed, lies on a floor mat. During a session, Scott might further the healing with deep tissue massage, foot reflexology, or the use of Tibetan singing bowls.
Rae Marie bases her business, Rae of Light Aromatherapy Massage, on the use of scented oils. In a candid essay, she explains why: as a teenager, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Rae spent her high-school years cycling between different medications and inpatient programs, but continued to feel mired in negative emotions?when she didn't feel like a "walking vegetable," that is.
In 1993, something changed. Rae's mom, an alternative healer, was enrolled in a course on essential oils. When Rae reluctantly accompanied her mom to class, she intended to sleep through it. But by the end of the lecture, the soothing scent of an oil called "joy" had put her mind at ease, and as the duo smelled it in the car, they found it facilitated communication between them. Over the next few months, Rae learned more about oils, eventually stopping her medication and leaving the hospital to focus in on a new path in life. Today, at her massage clinic, she helps others experience the dramatic changes she went through via a variety of massage modalities, oils, and spa packages.
What began as a teenage interest in yoga and meditation eventually inspired Sarah Sazama to study Thai massage?in Thailand. She believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of touch, and at Metta Massage of Denver, her massage sessions are meant to heal not just the body but boost the mind as well. As she tugs her clients' limbs into stretches during Thai massage, she aims to relieve tension and restore flexibility while fostering peace of mind and calmness. For integrative massage, she draws from an arsenal of techniques?soothing Swedish strokes or more intensive ministrations of trigger-point release, for example?whatever might help with her client's issues, whether its sciatic pain or tension in the shoulders from waving at every plane that goes by.
Although RockSalt Spa offers various types of massage including Thai and LeStone, its signature and unique treatment is salt therapy. Also known as halotherapy, salt therapy creates an anti-inflammatory environment that is beneficial to those suffering from allergies and other respiratory problems. During 45-minute sessions in a salt-therapy room, clients simply breathe in the micronized salt air which helps clear out bacteria, excess mucus, and any Legos they may have inhaled as a child. The therapy has been credited for relieving various ailments of the lungs; it may even help treat bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections.
Sujinda Wetterer, registered massage therapist and Thai massage specialist at Sa baai Thai Massage, combines her experiences with Thai and Western massage to offer individualized treatments. She and a team of registered massage therapists offer traditional Thai massage, Thai foot massage, and Thai aroma massage as they stretch and manipulate muscles and joints across the body. These motions can help improve blood circulation, boost flexibility, and relieve muscle tension and stiffness.
Pantip Moungkan is a well-traveled gal. After graduating from Denver School of Massage Therapy, she ventured to Bangkok, Thailand for continued bodywork education in Thai massage. Now in the comfort of her own Jantala studio, Pantip can use what she’s learned to sideline a multitude of chronic aches. Clients may solicit the studio’s signature Thai massage for a blend of yoga stretching and acupressure or tackle lower-layer distress with trigger-point and deep-tissue techniques.