Essential Kneads
Massage Therapy and Esthetics

Downtown Grafton, Ohio

aes•thet•ics or es•thet•ics

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the branch of philosophy dealing with taste and the study of beauty in nature and art.

2. a particular theory of beauty or fine art.
-Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary

mas•sage• the•ra•py

1. A collection of bodywork modalities designed to improve health through manual manipulation of soft tissues including stroking, kneading, pressing, tapping, and shaking. Intends to improve local circulation, reduce pain, and promote relaxation.
Synonym(s): massotherapy, myotherapy.

-Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing


Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage is a smooth, gentle style of massage designed to de-stress and loosen up your body. The therapist uses slow strokes as well as light kneading and slight manipulations. This type of massage is a good choice for someone who is getting a massage for the first time, or someone who just wants to bring their stress level down.

*Hannah, Jennah, Brittany, Char, Steffany, and Michele*

30 minutes for $40

45 minutes for $50

60 minutes for $60

75 minutes for $75

90 minutes for $90

Add Hot Stones to your Massage for just $15

Therapeutic Massage

Multiple modalities or techniques can be used in therapeutic massage. A consultation with your therapist before your session will determine your specific needs. Below is a list of different disciplines we have been trained to use during our sessions.

~ Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with hydrating the soft tissue targeted during session.

*Jennah, Brittany, Char, Steffany, and Michele*

~ Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body.
Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These "knots" are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.

*Jennah, Char, Steffany, and Michele*

~ Positional Release Therapy allows the massage therapist to first unwind tissue prior to manipulating it, making massage less painful and more effective, and its therapeutic effects longer-lasting.


~ Muscle Energy Technique is a form of stretching commonly used by sports massage therapists, which involves the active contraction of a muscle by the client against a resistive force provided by the therapist.


~ Orthopedic Massage uses anatomical science and a variety of body manipulation techniques to create measurable, meaningful impact in clients. It can be an excellent complementary treatment to physician or surgical care and physical therapy.


~ Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body's natural immune function.

*Char and Steffany*

~ CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle yet powerful technique that is effective in releasing neck pain, back pain, and mental stress (among other things). It does this by optimizing the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spine and around the skull. Developed by physician William Sutherland, this therapy provides a very soothing and relaxing healing experience.

~ Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and re-balance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
*Jennah, Michele and Steffany*

~ Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

*Brittany and Char*

~ Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
*Jennah, Brittany, Michele, Steffany, and Char*

30 minutes for $45

45 minutes for $55

60 minutes for $70

75 minutes for $85

90 minutes for $100

Add Hot Stones to your Massage for just $15

Hot Stone Therapy is a style of massage where heated stones are placed at specific sites on your body to deepen relaxation and promote circulation in your muscles. Muscles that are heated with these stones release tension and stress much more deeply and quickly than with a traditional massage. The overall experience is very relaxing, nurturing, and rejuvenating.

*Char, Steffany, and Jennah*

Add Thermal Therapy to your Massage for just $15
Thermal Therapy is concentrated therapy uses warming and cooling thermal treatments to provide deep muscle pain relief, decrease inflammation and increase circulation.
Legs & Feet - relieves pain from plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle and knee injuries
Hands & Arms - relieves pain from carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and shoulder joint pain
Back & Neck - relieves overuse from physical work or activity

Signature Facial

Our Essential Kneads Signature Facial goes beyond traditional facial treatments, designed for total relaxation and skin rejuvenation. Suitable for all skin types, designed from your personal consultation, is tailored to your skin’s needs. This specialized treatment promises to leave you utterly relaxed, harmonized and balanced. You will leave with your skin looking refreshed and alive. We offer 30, 60 and, 90 minute facials.

Your customized signature facial could include:
1. Acne Relief Facial: The application of cool stones are used to calm and soothe irritated, red, and acne prone skin. Salicylic and benzoyl peroxide help in healing blemished skin and clogged pores. This facial is best done in a series of 6.

2. Brightening Facial: All of the benefits of our signature facial, with added brightening benefits! We use products designed to brighten and rejuvenate the skin from the inside out!

3. Anti-aging Facial: This facial is enhanced by using products designed to plump and re-texturize the skin. This facial is best done in a series of 6.

4. Deep Exfoliation Facial: By using products made to deeply exfoliate and cleanse the skin, new, healthy, radiant skin is able to come to the surface!

5. Back Facial: Are you suffering from breakouts on your back, neck, and shoulders? A back facial provides deep cleansing and exfoliating properties. Cleansing, steaming, toning, exfoliation, and extractions will help alleviate breakouts and deeply cleanse the skin.

The 60 minute session includes a sensory journey, cleanse, steam, exfoliate, extractions, neck and scalp massage, hand, arm & foot massage, masque, tone and moisturize. In addition to the previously listed items, the 90 minute session also includes; a foot soak, shoulder and calf massage, and a hand exfoliation treatment.

60 minutes for $65

90 minutes for $85

In a hurry? Try our quick (but just as relaxing!) 30 minute facial! This alternative to our signature facial includes: cleansing, exfoliation, mask, moisturization, facial massage and neck/shoulder massage! This service can also be added onto your massage session!

30 minutes for $35

Add Hot/Cold Stones to your Facial for just $15

-Hot stones are deeply relaxing and will help improve circulation to the skin's surface. (Hot stones cannot be added to the Acne Facial.)

-Cool stones help soothe and calm the skin. They are particularly beneficial for blemished, red or sensitive skin.

Hair Removal

Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for up to four to six weeks, although some people may see regrowth sooner.

Our spa uses Nufree Nudesse for all hair removal services. Q: What is Nufree Nudesse? A: Nufree Nudesse is the gold standard in hair removal and is carried by thousands of professional salons throughout the world. It was developed over 25 years ago to help plastic surgeons remove hair from a patient before surgery. Here are just a few of the reasons why Nufree Nudesse is the most effective hair removal treatment in the world.

  • Nufree Nudesse is NOT A WAX and never sticks to the skin.
  • Nufree Nudesse is self-preserving antibacterial/antimicrobial so its safe, clean and germ free.
  • Nufree Nudesse is completely BOTANICAL and safe for the entire body.
  • Nufree Nudesse doesn’t dry and can be erased any time!
  • Nufree Nudesse is scientifically tested and uses no animal products.

Accept no substitutions... there is only one Nufree Nudesse, non-wax hair removal process!

Small Area $15 add additional small areas for $5 each

(Brows, Upper Lip, Chin, Side Burns, Toes, Fingers)

Medium Area $30 add additional medium areas for $10 each

(Bikini Line, Underarms, Full Face)

Large Area $45 add additional large areas for $20 each

(Half Arm, Half Leg)

Foot Bath Detoxification

Renew and re-balance your body by removing toxins. Aids in the relief of arthritis, depression, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and various other ailments.

45 minutes for $40

Add-on to another service:

15 minutes for $30


Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your hands and feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.

45 minutes for $50

Add-on to another service:

15 minutes for $25


Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

*Hannah and Brittany*

30 minutes for $30

45 minutes for $45

Chair Massage

Chair massage is a popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over the clothing. With seated massage, you can avoid the discomfort and awkwardness that you may feel in disrobing for a traditional massage. Also, chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.

15 minutes for $20

30 minutes for $35

Onsite Chair massage can be provided for various events in your office. We can also provide Sports massages at various sporting events. Please call for a quote.


Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. Microdermabrasion can improve age spots and blackheads.

60 minutes for $80


Ashiatsu is an ancient art of massage from Asia. The therapist uses her feet to apply deep relaxing strokes and compression that feels exquisite. It is unique in its ability to maintain even and constant pressure to the entire body. Ashiatsu is great for those who participate in sports or have stressful lives.

*Jennah, Steffany, and Char*

30 minutes for $55

60 minutes for $75

90 minutes for $105

Couples Massage

A couples massage is a wonderfully relaxing, personal experience. During the session, two people receive massages at the same time and in the same room from two different therapists. The therapy type used is typically Swedish massage but can vary depending on the client's needs or preference.

60 minute Couples Massage for $135

90 minute Couples Massage for $190

Dynamic Duo

This four-handed massage consists of two therapist working on the same client during the same session. Receiving a massage from two therapist during the same 1 hour session is just like receiving a 2 hour massage, that's a lot of bodywork! For now this service will be offered as a 1 hour service, the therapy type is usually a Swedish massage but can be changed depending on the client's preference.

60 minute Duo for $135

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time when a woman's body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical and emotional changes. Using various techniques specially developed for the expecting mother, Pregnancy Massage helps release the pain and discomfort experienced throughout pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the relief of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, and improved breathing and relaxation.

*Michele, Brittany, Steffany, Char, and Jennah*

60 minutes for $70
90 minutes for $100