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.
Dr. Sylvester Gardiner became the unwitting founder of a city in 1754, when he decided to use a 130-foot waterfall on the Cobbosseecontee Stream to provide energy for two saw mills, a felting mill, a potash factory, and a grist mill. Nearly 100 years later, in 1849, his plantation became the city of Gardiner. Today, the historical New England mill town is a home to artists, merchants, and students, and also hosts an array of seasonal events, such as an Easter parade, the Ride Into Summer festival, the Swine and Stein Oktoberfest celebration, and a Christmas tree lighting.
The town's brick sidewalks, Victorian and early 20th-century architecture, and long-running farmer's market have earned it a designation as a Main Street Maine and Preserve America community. Its downtown is recognized as a National Historic District, and some of its buildings have been included in both the National Register of Historic Places and the Empire State Building's list of secret crushes. Self-guided walking tours of the town take visitors past the homes of Pulitzer Prize–winning writers, such as poet Edwin Arlington Robinson and author Laura E. Richards.
Margaret Salt McLellan, an advanced certified clinical hypnotherapist, empowers people to change their lives. She does it through hypnotherapy, which gives clients the tools to overcome bad habits such as smoking or over-eating. Through hypnosis, she puts clients into a state of deep relaxation that opens access to the subconscious. With that access, she assists clients in locating obstacles preventing personal growth. Hypnosis may also be used for phobia control, pain management, and past-life regression.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jason Davis and his staff specialize in the use of natural health care to treat a wide range of ailments and manage pain. Headaches, backaches, and neck aches cower in fear before Dr. Davis’s various pain-relief services. These include electrical muscle stimulation, exercise rehab, massage, custom orthotics, and the Activator Method—a gentle adjustment technique that pinpoints pain via prone leg-length analysis. An avid obstacle-course runner and accomplished martial artist, Dr. Davis knows the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, and his 10 years of chiropractic experience have helped sharpen his ability to customize effective treatment plans for everyone, even people named Jessica.
When Laurie Granger graduated from massage school in 2004, a surprise awaited her at home. Her husband, Steve, had converted their one-car garage into a three-room spa, which she soon christened Heaven's Door. Today when clients show up to the aptly named spa, Laurie whisks them away to a greeting room where they can warm their feet by a pellet stove as she asks about their massage preferences. A small business that focuses on excellent service, she tailors her strokes to these tastes and delights in hearing praise for her gentle touch. "I couldn't ask for a more rewarding profession than this," she confesses.
All of Laurie’s massages include 15 minutes in a private hot tub, which unwinds muscles with its soothing jets. From there, a door opens directly into the private massage room, where Laurie further eases tension with unscented lotions and a heated table.
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