At Agawam Massage & Bodyworks, licensed massage therapists Kristin Held and Nichole Hines join forces to help liberate bodies from chronic pain and promote healing throughout the body. Craniosacral therapy is one of several specialties performed inside the duo's warm, private treatment rooms, relying on gentle pressure to stimulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the spine, ease restricted nerve passages, and realign bones. The team can also relax bodies with traditional Swedish massages, release chronic tension with deep-tissue massages, and keep tight muscles from being swept away by the wind during hot-stone massages.
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.
Haircuts and highlights are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to pampering clients at PeterAshley Hair Salon & Day Spa. Trained massage therapists work out tense muscles, and aestheticians extract dirt and loose change from pores during facials. A nail technician is also on hand to dispense mani-pedis.
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.
Pure distilled water and sound waves are the only weapons an ultrasonic facial needs to attack blemishes. The sound waves distribute healing compounds into the pores, ones designed to fight sunspots, acne, and dry skin. With added microcurrent therapy, the treatment also boosts collagen to trigger healing that continues after the facial ends.
The ultrasonic facial is just one of the contemporary skincare treatments at H. R. Wellness. Facials with Eminence Organic products, chemical peels, mani-pedis, and waxing round out the service list.
Marie Loranger takes on aches and pains with a pair of well-trained hands. Her deft fingers deploy modalities ranging from the gentle kneading of Swedish massage to the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage, depending on the needs of the client. Marie also handles other healing traditions, such as ear candling and stretching, the latter of which incorporates stretching and pressure on the whole body.
Although Marie currently works inside a room at Exotic Image Tanning and Massage Spa, the inspiration for her business name comes from her plans to take her massages on the road. Soon, she will be pulling into home driveways or office parking lots where she can perform her massages in a dimly lit, temperature-controlled room.