During your hour-long session, Namasté's resident knot-noodler Jess Watson will use one of two therapeutic massage modalities to raise sore souls from the depths of chronic pain and lingering stiffness. A relaxation massage combines elements of deep tissue along with a medley of movement and point-based techniques. A deep-tissue massage, on the other massaging mitt, eschews chillaxing in favor of releasing muscle restrictions. This deep, penetrating style alleviates chronic pain, improves posture, boosts flexibility, and markedly enhances your ability to smell time.
Paula Perino’s massage techniques are so well-liked, she even has potential competitors publicly lauding her talents. On Keepers Therapeutic Massage's website, a client named Leslie says she's been receiving deep-tissue massage from Paula for the past two years—a pretty strong endorsement, considering Leslie herself is a massage therapist who specializes in deep-tissue therapy. Fellow client Rachel praised Ally Ogden's ability to hit the right spots during a massage. In addition to that modality, Paula and her team help clients to relax or manage their pain with seven other types of therapy, including myofascial release and hot-stone massage. For further relief, an infrared sunlight sauna sends heat deep into the body to spur detoxification, melt soreness, and warm hearts still frozen from a bad breakup with a snowman.
Born in Israel, holistic doctor Gal Bason, ND pursued rigorous four-year graduate-level training at the National College for Naturopathic Medicine in Tel Aviv. There, she was coached in clinical nutrition, iridology, and Shiatsu massage, as well as holistic health-care techniques such as botanical medicine and reiki energy work. Today, Gal has lived in the United States for more than a decade. In addition to being a fully certified naturopathic physician and NAET practitioner, she’s also a licensed massage therapist, deftly blending her reiki methods and nutritional expertise with flowing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to promote wellness.
Licensed massage therapist Jean Kirby sends soothing ripples across muscle ponds with her therapeutic bodywork. In the comfort of her cozy studio, Jean can boost circulation with flowing Swedish strokes, or administer firmer deep-tissue pressure for lower-layer aches. Bodywork may also be paired with indulgent add-ons such as hot stones, aromatherapy, and Jean's personal blend of massage lotion.
At The Green Tea Spa, clients are paired with licensed massage therapists who specialize in specific massage modalities and customize treatments to assuage individual aches and pains. Once clients ease between warm blankets and crisp sheets atop a heated massage table, the massage therapist sets to work to relieve lower-back irritation, shoulder pain, and chronic ice-cream headaches. The therapist digs into tense musculature with hypoallergenic lotions and creams, frequently checking in with guests to ensure their utmost comfort throughout the experience.
Though Kara Ouellette was a dancer, her graceful movements were hampered by constant pain. She turned to several different treatments but only found relief through massage therapy. Free of discomfort, Kara was able to study psychology and land a job in corporate sales—a career path that left her dissatisfied until she turned, once again, to massage. She attended Cortiva Institute's massage-therapy program, where she developed a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. After receiving her massage-therapy license, she became a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and founded Emerald Therapeutic Massage. Today, Kara mends muscles with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage while wearing green-tinted glasses. In addition to building her practice, Kara volunteered her services by providing post-event chair massages for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge—which raises money for cancer research—at the 2011 Boston Marathon.