At the full-service spa, licensed massage therapist and proprietor Mary Daniels emphasizes the importance of all-natural and non-invasive stress-relief methods that range from yoga to reiki to reflexology. All of Mary Therapy's therapeutic massages include a calming foot soak sprinkled with sea salt. Her Swedish massage can help stimulate blood circulation and distribute oxygen throughout the body with the help of soothing oils or lotions. The hot-stone version uses smooth instruments to enhance the effect of the massage. Two Yelpers testify that Mary's methods have a proven success record in reducing pain and speeding up the injury recovery process and that the studio provides a quiet environment perfect for complete relaxation. Appointments are required at the mini-spa, which is open Tuesday through Saturday.
The friendly staff at Contours, a female-only gym, provides women with manageable 30-minute health solutions and workouts that fit into a busy schedule. Contours uses only weight-bearing, rather than hydraulic, workout equipment, which, like drinking a gallon of milk every hour, has been proven to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. They also offer massage therapy to soothe sore soul-sacks, and ionic foot detoxes, which use reflexology and ionic energy to rid the body of contaminants and aid the natural healing process. After the one-month membership ends, Contours Express is offering a discounted activation fee of $20.11 to become a full member (a $149 value).
Skinsations Health & Wellness Medical Spa owner and licensed aesthetician Michelle Merrix-Gowens has assembled a team of experts to provide advanced anti-aging and wellness services. She performs organic microdermabrasions and seven types of facials with a botanical skincare line whose ingredients nourish skin and enhance the face's ability to yodel. Physicians administer wrinkle-diminishing Botox injections, a massage therapist performs hot-stone treatments or reflexology sessions, and certified thermographer and two-time breast-cancer survivor Jeanne Wilson aims to detect early signs of disease with a digital infrared thermal imaging technique.
Licensed massage therapist Ken Bowersox Jr. relies on his own expertise as well as the body's reflexes to ease the pain of injury. During his neuromuscular-therapy sessions, he often utilizes ortho-bionomy—the art of further contracting a muscle that is causing imbalance within the bones of a joint. This method prompts the muscle to complete its contraction and undergo release. Though he specializes in this type of trigger-point work, he also administers massages designed for relaxation, such as Swedish and hot-stone modalities. Additionally, he performs reiki, which aims to regulate the flow of energy throughout the body with the light laying on of hands.
Dedicated massotherapist Jean Rowe deftly kneads aching muscles in modalities ranging from the fluid, gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the more intense, targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Rowe enhances her kneadings with aromatherapeutic oils and calming music and raids pet-rock zoos for basalt stones to use during hot-stone massages. A Quiet Spirit Massotherapy’s ionic-spa foot detoxes draw out impurities with negative ions, and herbal wraps cocoon bodies with green clay and heated blankets to break up cellulite.
Massage therapist Nikki Insley knows all about stiff backs. As a former truck driver, she regularly logged long hours of sitting behind the wheel and often found herself unable to move at the end of hauls. She began to rely on massage therapy to extinguish the stiffness and pain that had settled into her lower back, and eventually chose to hang up her keys and become a therapist herself.
Drawing on years of hands-on experience in spas and chiropractic offices, Nikki unties muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages. She believes that a great massage allows patients to trust the therapist and relax completely, letting go of stressful thoughts and persistent fears that someday, cows will want their milk back.
Although her studio remains as clean as it was in the days when it served as a doctor's office, it has replaced the cold, clinical feel with soothing creams, greens, and browns. A burbling fountain greets clients in the reception area, its gurgling blending with the sound of soothing music as guests enter the blue and green private treatment room.
At Bella Paloma Massotherapy, a duo of licensed massage therapists and reiki practitioners assuages aches with a gentle, practiced touch. Nestled the comforting atmosphere and the soft music and lighting, patients relax as therapists target muscle pain with deep-tissue procedures, or activate relaxation and defensive play-dead reflexes with reflexology treatments. The talented massage therapists and reiki practitioners treat a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain and fatigue to fibromyalgia, with a technique born from years of personal and professional experience with such maladies.