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.
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.
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.
Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.
The nationally certified massage therapists of massage ME & bodyworks want to create a place where their clients can escape from the daily grind through massages, facial therapy, and holistic treatments. The therapists are each skilled in multiple modalities (including deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massage) so they can better personalize each service. They also carry a line of dye-free soy jojoba oil candles that melt into massage oil, which they then use to knead sore muscles or oil squeaky doors. Coupled with facial acupressure, the products used during facial therapy stimulate collagen growth and help encourage lymphatic drainage to smooth out fine lines. Though their entire service menu seeks to bring bodies into balance, specialized holistic treatments, such as reiki and ionic footbaths, address bodily toxins and health concerns more directly.
In addition to welcoming clients into the office, the staff can set up onsite service for offices, spa parties, and tug-of-war tournaments, complete with massage chairs and tables.
Massage therapist Mihail Rosca draws on 13 years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the human anatomy to relax bodies and relieve muscular tension. Mihail uses a strong, intuitive touch to integrate various techniques during each massage, customizing sessions to address the unique therapeutic needs of his clients. To help clients to stay healthy beyond the massage, he teaches them how to be proactive about their health. Mihail offers both in-studio and on-location massages.