Licensed massage therapist Debbie. Q. Allen’s menu of 10 modalities reflects her encyclopedic knowledge of her craft. She could tell you, for example, how Swedish massage’s roots lie with a Dutch therapist who named each of the basic strokes after French words. Of course, she’d only go into that if it helped a client relax. Otherwise, she’s content to do the listening, letting clients’ muscles show her the origin of every ache. She then draws upon specialized techniques—such as deep-tissue and trigger-point therapies—in order to ease muscles bound into Celtic love knots.
In addition to helping guests attain relaxation, her massages may impart other benefits such as accelerating healing, improving range of motion, and boosting feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
As the name implies, Beyond Basic Massage offers more than just typical, by-the-book massage treatments. Massage therapist Rory Adams strives to exceed even the highest of expectations while doling out full 60- and 90-minute massages. After clients slip into a relaxed state, Rory goes to work kneading and treating backs. His Swedish massage focuses on stress relief, and deep-tissue treatments zero in on hard-to-reach muscle aches. Rory is also proficient in sports massage, a technique that tackles stiff musculature, and injury massage for those who want to target painful muscle groups after recklessly attempting to put stockings on a horse.
The talented massage therapists at Zen Beauty Spa help frazzled muscles relax and rejuvenate from deltoid to tendon. Appropriate for active athletes, the sports massage heals and prevents future injuries by targeting problem areas, such as tennis elbow and pickle-ball knee, with stimulating strokes that encourage blood and lymph circulation. Stress melts away like a snowman on a spit with the Swedish massage, complete with smooth gliding strokes, kneading, friction, and stretching. During the deep-tissue massage, a muscle mediator unties knots and dissolves tension with strokes similar to Swedish techniques, but with more intense pressure. Neuromuscular therapy calms spasming muscles, while a lymphatic massage boosts the immune system by ridding the body of harmful toxins and ghosts of Columbus Days past. By flooding nostrils with the scents of essential oils, the aromatherapy massage sends subliminal messages to the limbic system such as "relax" and "snap, crackle, pop."
Tending to glamour seekers with friendly, personalized service, the staff at Elements Salon spruces skin and coifs hair with a full spread of aesthetic treatments. Rein in messy manes with a customized haircut, which tames dos through a bag of hair-caring tricks including a scalp massage, blow-dry and style, and complimentary bang and neck trim in between visits ($40+ for women, $30+ for men). Perms ($75+) and full highlights ($100+) rework tresses for longer-term styles, and manicures ($25) and pedicures ($45) rehab nails after bouts of Miss Mary Mack with concrete lawn sculptures. Opt for a hot-rock massage ($40/half hour, $75/one hour) to release tension, or a custom facial ($65–$95) to brighten your countenance with a complimentary skin analysis, skincare treatment, and home-care maintenance consultation.
Precision Touch Therapy of Tucson recently expanded its ranks to include four licensed and insured massage therapists, who perform customized massages in an airy space, to work toward achieving the business's goal of supporting community-wide wellness. Staffers tailor rolling, kneading, and rapping strokes to specific aches and preferred soothing tempos during treatments, which combat stress and sluggish circulation. A table warmer and heat packs loosen musculature as needed while deep-tissue massages work out kinks, tension, and toxins quarantined in low-lying sinews. Therapists adjust soothing music according to patrons' tastes before thumbing particular spots on feet to sync up off-kilter bodies and test relative levels of ticklishness.
The certified massage therapists at Manos Massage and Spa relieve everything from mild stress to chronic pain with a range of modalities. They perform Swedish, hot-stone, and prenatal massages, with optional add-ons such as fruity aromatherapeutic scents that remind guests to go grocery shopping later. The staff also practices more specialized treatments, including geriatric massages and specific work for neuropathy and diabetes.