Licensed massage therapist Gina Mauro helms Massage and Yoga Therapy, where she blends in-depth knowledge of Thai massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, reiki, and yoga into personalized massages. She welcomes guests for brief consultations, discussing physical issues and any relevant matters to best sculpt massage sessions that can include stretching, compression, and deep pressure.
Antonio Marotta originally intended to become a psychologist. After working in a group home for the mentally ill, though, he developed an idea that the patients' medications were often just masking, rather than treating, the cause of their problems. Wanting to get away from a single-minded medical approach, Marotta made the move to chiropractic, which he believes emphasizes a holistic view of wellness and offers more opportunities for him to introduce people to his favorite model skeleton.
Now, the doctor of chiropractic's main focus is correcting misalignments, a significant cause of pain and other bodily issues, and helping clients avoid the movements that add up to massive discomfort. Marotta's primary treatment is high-velocity, low-amplitude adjustment?the classic back cracking?though he can tailor his techniques for those who want gentler alignments. These adjustments are incorporated into multifaceted treatment plans that can also include spinal-decompression therapy, massages, and even exercises that help golfers improve their swing mechanics to prevent injury. Marotta also manages clients' overall well-being by guiding them through detoxifying weight-loss plans and suggesting nutritional supplements.
Husband-wife duo Mark and Marina Frost know what it's like. They saw each other from the opposite ends of a crowded room. They felt a pull toward one another. They knew. Since then, they've been committed not only to one another, but to helping other couples document their own stories through gorgeous wedding and engagement photography. Their expertly lit and strikingly composed shots capture moments big and little: a boutonniere waiting to be pinned on a lapel, the laughter of giddy bridesmaids, newlyweds clasping hands on the dance floor.
Their excitement for each couple and attention to the little things has earned them accolades such as The Knot's Best of Weddings award and Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice award, each for three years running. In addition to wedding-related photography, they also have a photo-booth-rental service for couples who want to remember what their guests looked like 50 years later, when they'll be uploaded to flying cars—the license of which will still only be earned after a four-hour wait at the DMV.
Muscle-kneading duo Linda Mehleisen-Kelly and Bryan Bauer eradicate back-bound aches with nine massage and energy-balancing services, calling upon years of training from Albany's own Center for Natural Wellness. Swedish and deep-tissue massage work kinks out of tired physiques, and reiki employs dexterous hands to clear away energy blockages and detoxify the body. Hot stones and bamboo sticks gently unwind tension with pulsating warmth, loosening even the most tightly wound of muscles and thawing out backs frozen from giving snowmen piggyback rides.
Brick walls and mirrors bordered with golden frames help create a warm, inviting atmosphere at Ecco Salon, where a team of stylist use their Goldewell- and Unite-approved skills to craft classic and edgy looks. The staff believes that if a hairstyle is to be truly great, it must be easily recreated at home, typically with high-end products sold in the salon as opposed to a series of wigs with the exact same cut. For those more interested in removing hair than styling it, Ecco also offers hair-removal services for areas such as the lip, bikini area, and back. Polishing off new looks, techs buff and trim nails during manicures and pedicures for men or women, ensuring clients look their best from the tips of their toes to the tops of their heads.
Jonathan Allen never gives the same massage twice. That's because this licensed massage therapist crafts a unique bodywork treatment for each client, drawing from Swedish and deep-tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy, and deep stretching to address each person's individual needs. Jonathan welcomes clients with all types of complaints, from sore muscles and chronic pain to general stress. Not only will he target those issues with a comforting massage, but Jonathan will also fill clients in on how their muscular system works and provide some stretching exercises to continue the healing at home.