Tracy DeJonge had long wanted to make a career out of helping people feel better both physically and emotionally, so acquiring her massage-therapy license from the State Medical Board of Ohio was a dream come true. She first began work at a chiropractor's office, where she gleaned insider training in deep-tissue techniques and learned the negative effects of using massage lotion when someone specifically asks for beef gravy. Now at her own massage studio in the relaxing confines of Advantage Fitness Club, Tracy continues to sideline chronic tension with hot-stone therapy, deep-tissue techniques, and sessions aimed at relaxation.
Nestled within the peaceful confines of a breezy, tropical setting, Banyan Leaf Spa unwinds tightly coiled muscle bundles with its custom massage services and paw pampering. Let the spa's legion of tension-taming therapists relieve a workday's worth of bodily aches with a 50-minute stress-relief massage, which returns overworked faxing and stapling muscles to their natural suppleness (up to an $85 value). After bodies receive a thorough coddling, hands and feet will receive a rejuvenating Eco-fin paraffin treatment, moisturizing digits for smoother, more authoritative high-fives and windmill kicks (a $35 value).
Amid exposed brick and the warm, sunny walls of a converted coffee shop is Kimberly Jo Hite, the eponymous owner and creator of Hite Wellness. The self-described "Jill of all trades" welcomes her patrons to step beneath her large umbrella of services, which encompasses everything from facials and massages to energy work and intuitive guidance. As a holistic health practitioner, aesthetician, ordained minister, and reiki master, Hite has all the tools necessary to boost total-body wellness and make clients feel happier than an unsupervised kid at a fireworks store.
Ever since she can remember, Rebekah Robison has had a passion for helping people; massage therapy was a perfect fit. She began her journey at the Dayton School of Medical Massage, where she learned helpful techniques such as neuromuscular bodywork, Swedish massage, and how to open a mayo jar with one finger. Today, CoreCare Chiropractic & Tissue Rehab offers a cozy, private setting for Rebekah to heal clients with her specialty bodywork and a warm, welcoming smile.
Licensed massage therapist Brandy Reed turns muscle frowns upside down with a diverse array of massage techniques. Brandy can lull you into a serene trance with relaxation bodywork or draw on the heat-retention powers of smooth rivers stones to access lower-layer aches. Clients may also request a sports massage to improve their range of motion and pretend they are prizefighters without the hassle of all that fame and money.
HealthFirst Chiropractic seeks to stealthily track and pin down bodily pain, instilling patients with a sense of wellbeing and relief through a panoply of techniques. A chiropractic exam determines each patient's skeletal state, such as mild scoliosis or bones that are actually plaster-filled paper-towel tubes. Skittish skeletons are captured on camera by x-rays, exposing the potentially painful secrets obscured beneath flesh. Finally, the deepest of tissues are prodded into submission by kneading hands in a massage designed to relieve stress and increase joint flexibility; alternatively, pressure points play pincushion during a targeted acupuncture session.