By Carlos Gallego
AAP staff writer
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (June 21, 2012) — Looking for a place, to ease your stress, relax your tired muscles, and erase those ever-present aches and pains?
Tong Chen, proprietor of Super Spa may have just the place for you. Mr. Chen has operated Asian massage spas for the past five years and feels his new place has just what it takes to satisfy male and female customers alike. He has put together a talented team of four with diverse skill sets.
The team includes the Super Four: Cara, the spa manager and their three masseuses, Cathy, Sherry, and Amy. They speak English, Chinese and Thai. They are a very close-knit team and operate like a family in supporting one another.
Cara has worked in the field for five years. Prior to focusing on the management end of the business, Cara was a highly trained masseuse graduating from New Jersey Massage Institute, and receiving her NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork) She earned a degree from Beijing Normal University in China.
Cathy may be the team’s most well-rounded masseuse; she graduated from American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, after completing a 660 hour intensive massage program. Previously, she also earned a diploma in California from another massage institute.
While highly skilled in many massage modalities, she is renowned throughout the Twin Cities for her deep tissue massage technique.
Cathy has many regular clients and aside from soothing the normal aches and pains of many clients, she was delighted to have had the opportunity to help some customers with chronic ailments. She shared that she worked with a woman who undergone a difficult operation following breast cancer. The client was very tender and sore and unable to extend her arms.
Cathy worked with her on a weekly basis and after a couple of months, much to the client’s delight she was once again regained mobility in her arms and her pain diminished. Cathy has also been working with a back surgery client for several years.
Although, Cathy went back the China for several months to visit her family, upon her return the client was eagerly waiting his sessions. With some customers, she conducts massage using regular massage oils. However, with customer’s having the more severe tensions or soreness she uses special Chinese oils such as wood lock medicated oil.
Amy is also highly sought after for her talents. She has worked in the field for the past 10 years and previously worked in Thailand as a masseuse. She is quite popular and has many repeat customers. She is versed in many massage techniques, and best known for her Thai combination massage.
Sherry is the newest team members. She recently arrived from New York. This spunky energetic 22 year-old feels her greatest technique is her Swedish massage. She is eager to work to meet the needs of clients.
Mr. Tong Chen is very proud of his highly-skilled team. Tong and Cara feel their businesses greatest asset is the skill set of their staff. They provide professional services with a cheerful attitude. When asked why he selected massage as his business, he noted that the world has changed a lot recently and people today are much more rushed and work is more stressful than ever before so massage is a good compliment in keeping up one’s health.
Aside from the above mentioned techniques, they are also trained in Reflexology. This is contained within the regular session, however, upon customer request; they can focus on just this modality.
Cara commented, her team has many years of experience, and are able to meet the different customer requests.
“Experienced Asian masseuses perform the art of massage in a quiet, clean, comfortable spa. Using a collection of techniques to relax muscles, take care of knots and increase circulation. Customers lie on a comfortable massage table or futon, listen to relaxing music as their tension and stress is reduced.” Cara is eager to have the readers experience an Asian Massage at Super Spa and see for what sets her team apart.
Super Spa has been open for just over a month and offer services to both men and women. Their rates are $70hr. for a table massage, $80 hr. for a futon massage or $140-160 for a 4-hand massage. They are currently offering a grand opening special for “$10 0ff” any one hour session.
Super Spa is open seven days a week. They accept both walk-ins and appointments at: 6280 Boone Ave N., Brooklyn Park. Phone 763-404-8260.
Glossary of Terms:
Deep Tissue Massage: This is used to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. Deep tissue massage’s emphasis is on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Application of Deep tissue massage is to the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. These sessions often are very intense due to its deliberate and focused work.
Thai Massage: This technique combines massage with yoga-like positions throughout the massage and stretching in a key component.
Swedish Massage: This massage is also known as classic massage. This technique employs five styles of long flowing strokes to massage. They are sliding/gliding, kneading, tapping, friction and vibration/shaking.
Chinese Massage: Chinese massage is unique to western massage in its philosophy and technique. There are two types of Chinese massage: Tui na (Emphasis is on pushing, stretching and kneading the muscle) and Zhi Ya (The focus of this techniques pinching and pressing at acupressure points.) Other components commonly used include Qigong therapy and heated herbal application. Technique often also uses friction and vibration in their massage technique.
Reflexology: technique in which pressure is applied to the feet and hands utilizing specific thumb, finger and hand techniques. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas which reflect various parts of the body, work in these specific areas of the hand or foot is thought to cause effects to a particular part of the body. Traditionally, No oils or ointments are used.