Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
Sounds of breaking waves mingle with the crackling of a fireplace in this ocean-themed studio that owner Veronique Clement turned into an idyllic haven for massage. The licensed massage therapist rubs the skin with organic oils, and soothes tension and stress with a primary focus on light and medium strokes. Her nine massage services include cold stone, aromatherapy, and bamboo massage. She also offers refreshments and snacks such as gourmet tea and chocolate.
Though many massage therapists brag about the way they blend techniques to build a perfect personalized treatment, Johnathon Anderson has the credentials to back it up. The nationally certified therapist holds certificates in 18 different massage modalities, which he weaves together following physical and verbal cues from his customers. As clients unwind on the massage table, Johnathon edits their the frenzy in their minds into a slow highlight reel of serene images with classic Swedish massage, diminishes chronic pain with deep-tissue work, and uses prenatal massage to help expectant mothers overcome added joint pressure and tension brought on by complicated crib-assembly instructions.
Ryan McDonald's background in personal fitness informs much of his massage-therapy practice, which specializes in sports- and repetitive-motion-related complaints. Trained in several massage disciplines, including integrated structural therapy, Ryan applies a wide variety of techniques to address the causes, not just the symptoms, of his clients' discomfort. After a thorough evaluation, he may incorporate methods such as strain/counter-strain or myofascial release into his sessions, which take place within the soothing confines of Anew Massage and Wellness.
Nationally licensed massage therapist Jessica Moore knows something about stress. A former advertiser and marketer, she left the high-speed world of business to help people who are still a part of it relax from tension that compounds daily and weekly. She erases this tension and muscular soreness with different types of massages. Many of these modalities?such as Swedish and deep-tissue?rely on traditional hands-on strokes designed to boost circulation and root out embedded knots.
At Sustainable Health & Wellness, naturopathic physician and massage therapist Dr. Dana Lapointe leads a team of wellness professionals whose expertise ranges from weight loss and acupuncture, to organic facials and energy healing. In addition to yoga, Pilates, and meditation, clients can unwind in an infrared sauna, which raises body temperature to detoxify organs, slenderize the body, and reduce muscle or joint pain.