Inside the Townsend and Company Salon, massage therapist Deborah Carter works to ease chronic aches and raise the level of oxygen in the blood through a host of massage techniques. Drawing on decades of experience, she soothes muscles with classic Swedish massages or uses rhythmic lymph massage to increase lymphatic flow and thoroughly relax the body.
Like many licensed massage therapists, Sara Ashline at Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts is a master of the flowing effleurage and focused petrissage strokes of the Swedish technique. But Ashline believes that massage can deliver more than just relaxation, which is why she studied both fertility and pregnancy massage as well as the Pinocchio modality, which turns wooden puppets into real firewood. She offers her bodywork services at Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts, a community center dedicated to yoga, meditation, and other wellness activities.
After Karen Stuto graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness and Massage Therapy, she founded Massage and Bodywork Artists—a moniker chosen to reflect meticulous care and a sense of craftsmanship. In addition to targeting shoulder and neck pain caused by poor posture, stress, and injury with deep-tissue techniques, she doubles down on the pampering during four-hands massage. To address each client’s unique pain points, she blends Swedish and acupressure techniques with meridian work and stretches. Though her passion for massage therapy runs deep, she appreciates the old adage “laughter is the best medicine,” which is why she always stores her laughter in mason jars for future use.
Crystal White and Chad DiBella take pride in the personal attention they give their clients, contrasting it with the impersonal treatment that can sometimes be the hallmark of large spas. At Natural Effects Massage Therapy, the duo performs a wide range of modalities to relax their clients or address specific issues. With Young Living essential oils, they perform eight types of massage, including hot stone, sports, shiatsu, and pregnancy. Crystal and Chad can also accommodate two people at once with couples massage.
In Capital District Massage’s private treatment room, owner Lena Crane and her team of licensed massage therapists keep chronic pains at bay while clients admire Lena’s enchanting artwork displayed on the walls. Visitors sprawl out on a massage table as a relaxation expert melts away their tensions with long, Swedish strokes and the firm kneads of a deep-tissue massage. With the help of massage oils, the center’s therapeutic massages can trigger a variety of benefits, including increased circulation, pain-relief, and improved posture. For twice the relaxation, guests can opt for a four-hand massage with two therapists.
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Stephanie Cavoli welcomes visitors to the tranquil confines of Sanctuary Massage. There, the therapist performs a host of restorative and preventative therapies. The Sanctuary also specializes in head, hand, and foot massages, all of which can use herbal oils hand-made by the massage therapist.