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.
Whether it’s with ombre highlights or a hot-stone massage, the team at Bella Nani Salon & Spa pampers its guests. Hair services range from basic cuts to blowouts, updos, and extensions. Facials, waxing, and mani-pedis are also available to ensure that no body part will be left feeling inadequate upon leaving the salon.
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.
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.
Clients can relax and practice shadow puppet routines inside Welcome Relief Massage Therapy’s sunny sitting area, before being led in to one of the massage areas. Stressed skeleton suits can enjoy the benefits of a full-body one-hour Swedish massage, which uses medium pressure to relieve muscle tension and stimulate circulation (a $65 value). Clients hoarding pockets of hurt, however, can indulge in a firm-pressure deep-tissue massage that can help alleviate pain and stress (a $75 value). And with a combination of Swedish massage techniques and warm, smooth, oiled stones, a hot-stone massage delivers a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature (an $80 value).