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OM SPA's founder Omar Holmes began his career as a health and fitness coach. He first became aware of massage as a way to help his clients recover from or prevent injuries, but the more he learned about it, the more interested he became. Eventually, he realized he had a passion for the technique, and enrolled at the American Academy of Reflexology to being his education. He still uses the Flocco Method of reflexology in treatments, combining treatments of the hand, foot, and ear to relax the entire body. He rounds out his techniques with modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, and lymphatic drainage.

1575 Old Alabama Rd.

Taronda Harrison had a rough go––a slipped and bulging lumbar disc, a dislocated hip, and a pinched sciatic nerve. Pain was her way of life for more than a decade. Then she met Dr. Johnson. With the help of his staff of licensed massage therapists, he was able to return Taronda from crutches to a normal existence. In the time since she's made it her mission to be that bright light for others. The name Yahriel is the female derivative of the 'Uriel'––a virtuous warrior who fights with a fiery sword. It's also a throwback to her first time massaging a client. As if the ceiling opened up with light, she knew this was her true calling. Operating out of her own Solera Spa suite, Taronda can improve range of motion in struggling limbs with flowing Swedish strokes, or improve range of emotion in struggling actors with reflexology or deep-tissue bodywork.

1655 Mansell Rd.

The family team of acupuncturists at Sun Wellness uses, tiny, hair-thin needles to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. Acupuncture can help alleviate stress, insomnia, and general aches and pains as well as more serious conditions. Other services include herbal medicine, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and nutritional guidance, the latter of which teaches you the best way to run from cupcakes.

6667 Vernon Woods Drive Northeast
Sandy Springs,

Established: 2012

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular service: Sports massage, NMT, relaxation,

Brands Used: AMTA certified, MBLEX certified, State of Ga licence #08771

Q&A with Denise Leslie, Massage Therapist/owner

What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?

Neuromuscular technique: chronic muscle tension release using trigger point therapy. Thai/yoga massage: stretching the ligaments and compression through muscle groups.

What?s your favorite part about your job?

Facilitating wellness, helping people feel better, and motivating them to be better people by releasing the tension and stress that the muscles and body are holding onto.

Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?

Yes. I hold a Sports massage certification, an NMT certification, and a trigger point therapy certification. I also hold certification in Thai/yoga massage. I am nationally certified by the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination, and I am a member of American Massage Therapy Association.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

I practice and teach private kundalini yoga.

8737 Dunwoody Place

Swedish vs. Deep-Tissue Massage: Finding the Right Way to Relax

Swedish and deep-tissue massage are two bodywork approaches that render very different benefits. Read our guide to choose the best option for you.

The relationship between deep-tissue and Swedish massage is much like that between DayQuil and NyQuil. Both are designed to help you feel better, but the one that makes the most sense depends on your individual needs. Here's what to expect from each of the two modalities:

Swedish massage combines four distinct motions?effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement?to help relieve muscle tension and stimulate blood flow, thereby energizing the body and soothing the mind during a single relaxing session. The four phases are easy enough to distinguish. Effleurage refers to the smooth, gliding strokes that help relax soft tissues at the beginning of the treatment, followed by the squeezing, rolling, or kneading gestures of petrissage. Deep, circular motions make up the friction phase, in which layers of tissue rub against one another to boost circulation. Therapists conclude the massage with tapotement, a rapid cadence of percussive taps performed with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand.

Whereas Swedish massage focuses on relieving mental and physical tension, deep-tissue massage has more specific concerns. Due to stress and other factors, the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body's muscles and bones?the fascia?often tenses up, resulting in muscle knots and a painful buildup of lactic acid. Deep-tissue massage aims to warm up the fascia and release the accumulated toxins. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers. Although the intensity can produce some discomfort, deep-tissue massage should still be relaxing; the goal, after all, is to relieve the tension between muscles and their weird roommate, the skeleton.

135 Riverside Parkway Southwest

Bodywork sessions at Peace Of Mind Therapy provide more than a temporary respite from chronic aches and pains. That's because therapists aim to rejuvenate the mind as much as the body, providing treatments that help people become more aware of their body's state. The therapists accomplish this by employing a variety of specialized modalities. Gliding Swedish techniques soothe muscle tension near the surface, trigger-point therapy targets knots with focused pressure, and hot-stone massages send heat radiating deep within the body, where popsicles sometimes get stuck.

3675 Crestwood Parkway