Trained massage therapist Deborah Carter uses her more than 25 years of experience to customize massages for each client using an array of modalities. She aims to help heal and relax the client using everything from traditional Swedish strokes to the firmer kneads of a Russian sports massage. Carter is also trained in the Vodder Method of manual lymph drainage, which she relies on to detoxify the body of impurities and excess water being stored in buckets on the knees.
Carter performs these relaxing sessions at Townsend and Company Salon and Spa, where wood-covered ceilings and exposed-brick walls give the modern salon an organic feel, and the dimly lit treatment rooms create a cocoon of comfort for clients to recharge or molt away their caterpillar shell.
When it comes to muscles, licensed massage therapist Chrisdin Dier rarely comes across a knot she can’t untie. Depending on her client’s needs, she may call upon Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone massage techniques to relieve tension and soothe sore muscle tissue. When her strokes are not enough by themselves, she enhances her sessions with aromatherapy and raindrop therapy, both of which bring non-tactile senses into the mix.
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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