Aquarium maintenance might seem like a strange background for an expert in neuromuscular therapy and deep-tissue massage, but that's exactly how massage therapist Lynne Luckow got her start. She decided to change careers after reading about the health benefits of massage and went on to study anatomy, physiology, and medical massage at Aesthetics University. She opened Healing Hands Therapy Center in 1993 and continued her training with renowned professionals in the field of alternative medicine. Eventually, she grew her practice to the point where she was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, roughly the amount of time it takes to give a full-body massage to a really big whale. Luckow knew it was time to expand: the center is now home to eight highly trained massage therapists, who earned it nominations in CityVoter's Best Massage category in 2011.
In addition to performing massages, Luckow promotes physical and emotional healing with Ayurvedic counseling and meditation. She has further rounded out her team with licensed acupuncturist Brenda Sherman, who holds a Master of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine.
Growing up, Doctor of Chiropractic David Dow grappled with a web of health problems. Erb's palsy in infancy led to scoliosis as a child. A torn shoulder ligament planted the seeds for chronic heartburn. It wasn't until undergoing Pettibon spinal-rejuvenation therapy that his body began to correct its chronic problems.
In the 20 years since starting his own chiropractic practice, Dr. Dow has treated close to 50,000 patients and four realistic-looking scarecrows. He focuses on the Pettibon method, which incorporates postural strengthening exercises, stretching, spinal traction, and acupuncture to treat herniated and degenerated discs. Dr. Dow augments chiropractic treatment plans with five types of massage.
At Hot Heads Salon, “Keep It Up!” isn’t a motivational phrase. It’s the name of the root re-touch treatment, a title that’s exemplary of Hot Heads’ Salon cheeky service menu. Stylists, including the mother-daughter duo that runs the salon, cut locks but do not blow-dry them during “Shape Up…Ship Out!” sessions and straighten ringlets with “I Hate Curl” straightening treatments. Aside from hair services—which also include highlights, Brazilian blowouts, perms, and conditioning treatments—they also perform waxing and manicures.
Since 1999, licensed massage therapist Shannon Lebal has fine-tuned her loving touch in a home health agency, a chiropractic office, and as a proud mother of two. Now all can benefit from Shannon's practiced bodywork technique at her own Fireside Therapeutic Massage studio. She slackens achy sinews beneath her flowing Swedish strokes, firm deep-tissue pressure, and relaxing hot-stone therapy. She also renders sport massages to improve flexibility in stiff limbs and giant foam fingers.
Styles Salon & Spa staffers call themselves "beauty artisans." They're dedicated to creating beauty and making you feel comfortable becoming beautiful, and they'll pamper you like a penguin on vacation at an organic squid farm. Rather than calling ahead to schedule an appointment, Styles recommends calling ahead to schedule an "experience."
Gauzy curtains line the path to the cream-colored room where licensed massage therapist Chelsea Oglesby kneads skin and soothes aches. During her Signature massage, Oglesby applies organic lotions and essential oils, calibrating the depth of the massage to suit the pains that her client reports. Hot stones and steaming towels send warmth into muscles, encouraging knots to untie themselves without enlisting the help of a rugged mariner. Clients can also soothe stressed feet with the Sweet Treat, which includes a hot soak and a salt-and-sugar scrub.