Certified Natural Health Practitioner Victoria Bender, owner of Vscentials, integrates her ancient healing practices and cutting-edge modern technologies into custom treatment plans. In addition to shepherding bodies toward well-being with Swedish, deep-tissue, acupressure, and prenatal massages, she performs reflexology treatments on hands, feet, and ears as the therapeutic scents of essential oils waft through the air. During these reflexology sessions, she draws upon the time-honored idea that reflexes in the extremities can, like the undeniable rhythms of the Macarena, exert influence over the entire body. Otherwise, during more contemporary treatments, she relies on targeted microcurrents that she believes may have the power to rejuvenate sagging faces, alleviate chronic pain, and balance bodily energy flow. To ensure personalized service, she begins each appointment with a consultation to discuss unique physical maladies.
Tucked away in the historic Exchange Hall, Massage Sanctuary's skilled massage therapists use a diverse palette of bodywork techniques, along with a variety of healing arts workshops and classes, to try to improve the health of their clients. Massage Sanctuary director Julie Duffy traveled throughout India for almost two years, studying alternative natural therapies, which she now incorporates into her treatments. Massage therapist Emily DuRussel, meanwhile, has performed massages for Boston Marathon and Pan-Mass Challenge athletes, as well as for cancer patients through her specialized training in oncology massage. Massage Sanctuary also hosts workshops from visiting teachers in Taoist healing, yoga, and other treatments.
Owner Ali Bourgault’s signature deep-tissue and energy-balancing massage is a sample of the services offered at A Healing Vibration. After softening recalcitrant muscles with a blend of deep-tissue and Swedish massage kneads, Ali targets deeper problems, recalibrating bodily energies with a multipart regimen that includes reiki, polarity therapy, a foot soak, and a chakra clearing. Bourgault—a licensed massage therapist who has received certification for holistic massage and deep-tissue therapy from Spa Tech Institute—employs this blend of traditional and unorthodox techniques to help alleviate her clients’ pain, stress, and fatigue. To complement her holistic ways, she also makes dream catchers, jewelry, and skincare products that are crafted from natural and organic ingredients whenever possible.
Licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Christine’s Day Spa know how to pamper their clients, but the spa’s service list reflects a greater goal: with 15 facials and peels, the staff has a far-reaching slate of aesthetic treatments with which it dedicates itself to vivifying its clientele's complexions. Their botanical extracts and cosmeceutical products help to boost collagen and minimize fine lines, slowing signs of aging without having to slather faces with molasses.
Massage therapists administer Hawaiian, reiki, and traditional European massages to relax muscles, and Christine’s Day Spa's UV and sunless tanning helps to burnish bodies with golden glows. An array of nail services exfoliate, moisturize, and polish fingers and toes. The spa is open after hours every weekday, and its interior unites floral arrangements with vivid orange and red sponge-painted walls for a warm ambiance.
Terry Anelons](http://gr.pn/HYgMq3) was on the home stretch of a race. His pace was strong and he only had a few miles to go. Then he felt it—the telltale pop and grinding sensation of a misaligned hip. Though Terry had to drop out of the race, his journey back to health led him to a prize more valuable than a finisher's medal: a rewarding career. Terry found his muse when he sought out chiropractic treatment for his injury. He was astonished by the noninvasive, drug-free treatment that got him back into racing shape. Leaving pharmacy work behind, he pursued a degree in chiropractic medicine, and opened Harvard Chiropractic in 1989.
Today, the doctor of chiropractic's services range from pain-alleviating massages to the traditional ailment-curing spinal realignments of a chiropractor. He strives to educate his clientele about the four aspects of spinal health, to help them care for their health and avoid the kind of injury he suffered. The doctor boasts special training in treating spinal subluxations from all causes, from car accidents to hula-hooping duels in the office break room.
Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.