Licensed massage therapist Laura Holt relieves stress and muscle kinks with 30- and 60-minute massages. During a Swedish massage, Laura bathes backs in nourishing oils before employing techniques such as rolling, kneading, and effleurage, a circular stroke made with the palm, in an effort to relieve pain, decrease stress, and enhance the flexibility of phantom limbs. Laura's fingers dive deeper into musculature layers during a deep-tissue massage, which aims to release built-up toxins as well as to relieve tension caused by misalignment, lingering injuries, and taxing repetitive motions. Like challenging an elephant to a game of Twister, the deep-tissue session commonly results in soreness, and Laura suggests drinking plenty of water after the treatments to flush out toxins. Groupon clients may upgrade from a 60-minute massage to a 90-minute massage for an extra $30.
Matthew J. Potvin, LMT, graduated from the Spa Tech Institute in Maine. The Fort Kent, Maine, native animates a passion for working with his hands—a passion he partially attributes to his geographical origins—by administering 10 types of massage therapy. His therapies range from Swedish and deep tissue to myofascial release and reiki. Potvin has performed reiki since he was 15, and he’s ascended to the status of Level 3 practitioner. He even works with his hands in his free time, playing the guitar and juggling, but probably not juggling guitars.
Despite the fact that he had already earned his massage license from the Spa Tech Institute, Justin Brousseau wasn’t content to simply set up his table and get to work. He knew there was more to learn, and so, that same year, he sought further training at the Caron Center for Neuromuscular Care, where he honed his skills is myofascial and neuromuscular therapies under the guidance of a physical therapist. Today, that passion for healing permeates his tranquil massage studio, where Justin employs 10 different styles of massage to target ailments such as stress, tension, headaches, and injuries. His menu of services also includes reiki, a Japanese form of energy work that uses a “laying on of hands” to remove energy blockages, encourage self-healing, and reduce the body's dependence on fossil fuels.
After performing therapeutic bodywork treatments for five years, certified massage therapist Rachel Larrivee felt inspired to create an upscale alternative to massages at day spas and chiropractic offices. That inspiration grew into a setting stocked with innovative equipment, premium skincare products, and upscale linens. Within the studio, Rachel kneads away tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and stone treatments, while making expectant mothers more comfortable with body pillows and prenatal techniques. She also lends her services to corporate or private settings with chair massages and softly whistled lullabies.
Today's Groupon prettifies any part—big or small, tall or short, blond or brunette, square or circle—at Element Day Spa, an Aveda salon and spa in Charlestown. You get $125 worth of any service, salon or spa, for $50. Element offers seven different types of massages (a Swedish is $85 for an hour), six different facials (the classic Aveda facial is $50 for 30 minutes), waxing (a Brazilian is $65), manicures ($25), haircuts ($45 to $65), hair color ($65+), and more.