The meteoric growth of Massage Envy has led to more than 800 spa locations and a healthy share of limelight from printed media buzz to promotions on
The Ellen DeGeneres Show and
The Doctors . Its experts have kneaded more than 50 million backs using modalities that range from the gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Although the spa treats a wealth of clients, each Massage Envy session is personalized to individual needs. While indulging in prenatal, hot-stone, or trigger-point-therapy massages, clients can also request the soothing mint and rosemary essential oils of aromatherapy or the addition of warming and cooling products that help decrease inflammation and ease pain.
In addition to staffing massage therapists, the spas employ skincare experts who wield Murad products for four kinds of facials. Clients can treat sensitive skin to mild exfoliation or opt for anti-aging facials with glycolic acid before attempting to order off the kids’ menu at a diner.
Working alongside the other talented stylists at Dash Salon and Spa, stylist Kelly creates trendy, yet timeless hairstyles for men, women, and children. Besides haircuts, Kelly can nourish dry, damaged strands back to health with shampoo and conditioner that leave hair looking healthy and silky. And, she's just as skilled at hair coloring, enhancing newly shaped-locks with highlights that hide gray or add dimension to hairstyles.
Not content to practice only such familiar pain-relief techniques as deep-tissue and medical massage, the therapists at this house of healing also unleash polarity therapy, detox footbaths, and a meridian-based tapping method known as Emotional Freedom Technology, or EFT. Eight types of kneading spring from the fingers of the therapists, from the sustained pressure of myofascial release to the directional strokes of lymph drainage. Powered by a gentle electric current, ionic footbaths surround paws in polarity in an effort to collect negatively charged toxins and restore the body’s pH balance. Like people who decorate their lawns with thousands of needles to keep the grass healthy, EFT sessions take their inspiration from acupuncture. But instead of piercing energy points, therapists performing this treatment manipulate them manually, a method designed to combat anxiety, stress, and anger.
Master cosmetologist and salon owner Manisha Mehta takes pride in delivering a sweeping range of beauty and grooming services infused with luxurious touches. Full-length facials incorporate rich ingredients such as 24-karat gold or chocolate, and facial peels immerse visages in fruit and vegetable medleys without the need for surreptitious head dunks into a punch bowl. Issuing from Mehta's fervent interest in the healing and restorative powers of herbs, most full facials are accompanied by a custom aromatherapy blend. Alongside eyelash extensions and waxing are ancient Eastern grooming services, such as eyebrow threading, ear candling, mummification, and henna designs for hands and feet. Dark wood and leather furnishings, deep-maroon walls, and gilt-framed mirrors and paintings lend the space a feeling of an urban retreat.
Jamar Williams was on his way to becoming an arena football player when a head injury sustained during a game temporarily paralyzed his legs. After turning to massage therapy for recovery and witnessing its healing properties, Williams decided to pursue a career in the field. After graduating with high honors from Everest College, he founded Accelerated Therapy, INC to help fellow athletes reap the benefits of massage, including boosting range of motion, reducing muscle injuries, and addressing back pain more effectively than agreeing to adopt a second spine. In addition to sports massage, he and his staff offer a wealth of other modalities such as pregnancy massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and reflexology.
Zen Massage's team of certified massage therapists take kinks and knots to task with a wide range of massage modalities designed to address all manner of health and wellness needs. They offer Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massages, to name a few. Additionally, licensed estheticians customize facials to clients' needs, administering add-ons that target eyes, lips, and hands. LED light therapy is also available.