In Tibet, the word "bardos" means "an interval between two things," an escape from external pressures. Certified massage therapist Jamie LaNeave helps clients suspend day-to-day cares through relaxing, holistic hands-on therapies. Before she became a massage therapist, LaNeave learned the strengths and limitations of the body's muscles and tendons during 25 years as a professional dancer. Armed with this understanding, she sees massage therapy as a way to help the body overcome chronic pain through physical manipulation of soft tissue. All of the practitioners are also trained in neuromuscular therapy and and MediCupping, which can help ease chronic back pain. Most importantly, LaNeave identifies each patient's issues early on and helps build a plan to help them with whatever treatments are necessary. Bardos Massage and Wellness also offers a variety of detox treatments, like far-infrared sauna therapy, as well as raw food nutrition counseling, targeting symptoms depression and chronic pain disorders.
Massage therapy is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. With her experience working everywhere from hotel spas to sports-focused chiropractic centers, Hilary Rinsland recognizes the role that massage can play in relaxing overstressed muscles, relieving chronic pain, or addressing any number of holistic concerns. Hilary's certification in numerous therapeutic modalities allows her to better identify a client's particular needs to determine the most-fitting techniques from her arsenal of careful kneading and direct-pressure maneuvers.
Deep-tissue strokes and trigger-point therapy can unfurl tightly knotted muscles, but Hilary can also rely on centuries-old Thai massage techniques as she restores energetic balance throughout the body. Although light oils and massage lotions can accentuate the modalities' effects, Hilary also plays soft music from time to time, which allows clients to either relax or sing along to remixed versions of presidential debates.
Unlike most doctors, Doctor of Chiropractic Pamela Ruescher of Williamsburg Wellness Center doesn't wait until health issues appear to treat them. That's because she's not like most doctors—Reuscher is a doctor of chiropractic. She and her staff help stave off illness and pain with preventative services. One method of prevention is maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, so the center helps clients jump-start this process with cleansing programs, nutritional counseling, and laser-lipo treatments.
Bamboo, cooling gel, lavender oil, orchid scrubs, microdermabrasion, hot stones. As if massages weren't relaxing enough, the team behind Massage Elements of Hot Stones make sessions even more decadent with these and other add-ons. Nowhere is the spa's luxury more pronounced than in its signature massage, which gets its designation from the body brushing, aromatherapy, foot wraps, foot and back scrubs, facial, and complimentary take-home gift involved. As comprehensively pampering as it is, this package is far from Massage Elements's only extras-bolstered treatment. Other massages incorporate the likes of warm bamboo, Thai herbal poultices, and small, space-harvested suns that warm muscles as they orbit the body. These can be added to an array of modalities, which include Swedish massage, Indian scalp massage, and Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
This day is packed with many indulgent options so Moms can choose how to make their day - truly their own. Moms can explore healthy, fun and relaxing new practices which can be taken home and continued after their spa day.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We want to honor Moms and give them a chance to retreat and create their own day of indulgence from our many options. We carefully selected excellent offerings from expert teachers and practitioners, nourishing tasty food and treats and of course, much pampering in a lovely setting!
What do you love most about your job?
The OM Mama Spa Excursion is about nourishing Moms, inside and out, allowing every part of her life to reap the rewards from her spa day. These days have been relaxing, indulgent and often life-changing -- full of camaraderie and connection between women -- and so much FUN!
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"You have taken 10 years off of my life today. I had no idea I needed this so much. Thank you!"
For more than 17 years, naturopathic practitioner Leanda Morring—known simply as Dr. Leanda by her clients—has been healing and helping people with healing herbs, homemade remedies, and a gentle touch. Dr. Leanda blends aromatherapy with thai massage, or botanical detox strategies with reiki energy healing. She also shares her prodigious knowledge through continuing-education classes in vegetarian cooking, natural nutrition, and the production of homemade soaps, shampoos, and carpet cleaners.