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.
With a Groupon in hand, you can book an appointment with one of the master hair shamans at Gasoline Alley to snip and charm the most distraught bristles, frizzies, and Medusa head-snakes. Gasoline Alley's stylists can sense your innermost hair-yearnings—no matter how straight, curly, short, or long—and will lovingly direct their careful scissors in tune with your thoughts and dreams, letting the creative forces flow wildly onto your scalp to transform that rebellious young mop top into a polished, well-behaved new 'do. Afterward, in the streets, you might find that your magnificent mane busts the binds of its bowler hat and leaps into sunshine, dappling the dark alleyways of careless coiffeurs.
The muscle mavens at Energia Massage reduce stress and promote wellness with one-hour massages for couples or individuals. Couples, moms and daughters, or best friends can chat or communicate telepathically within the same room as tension tamers use scentless oil to facilitate smooth movements in one of three types of massages. The Swedish technique aims to detoxify muscles and enhance circulation with gliding strokes, and the deep-tissue modality uses more intense pressure to focus on chronic muscle tension or knots. The back, neck, and shoulder massage combines Swedish and deep-tissue benefits to clear traffic from congested stress highways.
A licensed massage therapist and member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Julianne Donahue banishes stress and tension from corporal kingdoms. Culling from her years of experience in the health-care field and realm of massage, Julianne administers the soothing strokes of a Swedish massage, the pain-relieving pressure of a deep-tissue massage, and the inner-chi-finding powers of a stress relief massage depending on each client’s desires.