As an avid outdoorsman, Christopher Duffey has taken his share of bumps and bruises. He's dislocated his shoulder three times, broken his collar bone, and was once paralyzed from his neck to his hip. But instead of slowing him down, these experiences have only strengthened his resolve to learn new ways to help others recover from illness and sports-related injuries.
Today, Christopher is a wellness triple-threat—a holistic healer, massage therapist, and certified personal trainer. At Phoenix Alternative Therapies, he draws on these skills during cupping sessions, pressure point therapy, and more than 12 types of massages, including trigger point therapy and acupressure. Additionally, he can also perform a movement assessment, during which, he checks basic movement patterns to help identify how likely a person is to injure themselves or develop a chronic case of dance fever.
Revolution Bodywork opened with the goal of bringing affordable natural healthcare solutions to the whole community. Because treatments and services can be too expensive for many to use as often as they need it, Revolution offers all of its treatments on a sliding scale, allowing clients to choose what they can afford to pay.
These treatments include a separate community acupuncture clinic, nutritional consultations, and massage and bodywork. During community-acupuncture sessions, which take place in a group setting, the practitioner targets various acupoints with tiny needles that stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. Traditional sports and orthopedic massages work alongside craniosacral therapy to relieve pain and enhance emotional well-being. With all these healthcare solutions, Revolution’s wellness experts have seen success in treating a variety of different problems, such as back pain and migraines.
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.
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.
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.
Master stylists Wendy and Sue combine more than four decades of experience and multiple certifications to beautify clients. And though they’ve studied extensively in the chemistry of hair—both have trained with Paul Mitchell and Joico—it’s the chemistry they share with their clients they care about most. They aim to transcend the “assembly-line” feel of chain salons, instead focusing on intimate, one-on-one service. Before any cut, color, or texturizing treatment, they make thorough consultations with the client. The stylists use professional products by Moroccanoil, Paul Mitchell, and Joico, which are known for nutrient-rich ingredients and lack of Silly Putty.