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.
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.
Inside a beautiful Victorian home, trained massage therapist Sheila Maleckas has created a soothing and tranquil space for her clients to unwind both mentally and physically as she performs a bevy of massage therapies. Massage sessions take place in a quiet, private, dimly lit room where Sheila will perform one of three styles of bodywork, including Swedish, deep tissue, and pregnancy massage. The Swedish massage uses an array of strokes to relieve general aches and pains, transforming tension-riddled body cots into soothed and snuggly sleeping bags. Deep tissue massage is recommended to alleviate chronic stress due to misalignment, past injuries, and daily bear attacks. Sheila is also a certified practitioner of pregnancy massage, which utilizes a variety of techniques to relieve joint pain due to postural imbalance and the weight of carrying an internal tiny person.
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.
In the comfort of her private studio, massage therapist Karen Provost calms aching muscles with one-on one massage sessions. She utilizes Swedish strokes or sports bodywork to improve range of motion, and applies deep-tissue pressure to chronic sore spots. Those with muscle sensitivity, however, can opt for a reiki session, which strives to decongest the body's energy pathways and stimulate immunity. Whatever the modality, treatments are always tailored to the needs of the individual, and not to requests from radio callers.