While attending the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences, Sarah Trueb studied ancient methods that stretch back nearly 4,000 years. After graduation, she opened Customized Massage Therapy, LLC, where she eases ailments with stretches, strengthening exercises, and ergonomic products that help make sitting at a desk and sleeping on a bed of nails more comfortable. This nationally board-certified medical massage therapist gained membership with the American Medical Massage Association and enhanced her repertoire of services by studying prenatal and infancy massage.
During a visit to Dane Porter Massage, the licensed massage therapist's hands rhythmically cascade down clients' spins, undoing painful knots and setting tension free along the way. Dane Porter makes his living helping others relax, unwind, and experience the comfort associated with a pain-free musculoskeletal structure. When he isn't plying his hands at calming Swedish massages, he's generally using techniques like trigger point therapy and deep-tissue massage, both of which can help accelerate healing, increase circulation, and—unlike taking a job as a local landmark—improve mobility.
Although Michelle White earned certifications at Honors Beauty College that showcase her deft, gentle hands, the massages and facials she delivers at Chez Michelle Skin Spa also incorporate the healing power contained within her arsenal of supplementary tools. The licensed massage therapist?s repertoire of therapeutic strokes and stretches benefits from her understanding of SASTM therapy, which detoxifies bodies with the combined might of modern sonic technology and ancient Chinese cupping techniques. After a quick skin analysis, White uses the results of her research to craft custom facials with Jan-Marini-Skin-Research products, treating blemishes with ingredients like hyalronic acid?a healing agent that abounds in youthful skin. White?s Palomar IPL lasers promote cellular rejuvenation and nix unwanted hair, and her mechanical exfoliators help buff away Sharpie mustaches the hair was there to cover up.
Since she earned certification in electrolysis in 1997, Heather E. Culver has watched her hair-removal empire expand to offices in Texas, New York, and Indiana. Today, Heather—an active member of the American Electrology Association—pilots a team of professionals with more than 55 years of collective spa experience at Aesthetic Electrolysis & Skin Care Center. Brandishing high-tech electrolysis tools, the crew expunges unwanted strands from men's and women's faces and bodies, augmenting treatments with cleansing facials and trips through a wind tunnel to test their newfound dominance over friction. They can also adorn visages with permanent makeup and help relax tense muscles with hot-stone and deep-tissue massages.
The massage therapists at Zeta Spa Massage don’t just induce relaxation during massages; their trained hands also work to curb headaches, back pain, and anxiety. Each massage targets specific areas to release tension and improve circulation, with additional help from hot stones and aromatherapy. And unlike staffers at many spas where a 60-minute massage only lasts for 50 minutes, Zeta Spa Massage's staff spends the full 60 minutes massaging their clients. They make sure to fully address the causes of any maladies, rather than simply the symptoms. The therapists also team up to provide couples massages for pairs of significant others, friends, or clients and their favorite stuffed animals.
Soft music pipes through clear speakers as lanterns emit a soft glow onto the crimson throw that covers the clean, comfortable massage table. In this tranquil setting, CMT Kelly Johnson plies weary muscles with a medley of massage modalities, aiming to alleviate aches and decrease anxiety and fatigue. Swedish strokes sweep fluidly over muscles; deep-tissue massages see Kelly applying targeted pressure to release tension and lost mattress springs; and hand and foot massages combine relaxing kneads with exfoliation for softer, stress-less extremities.