The rustling of palm trees as tradewinds blow through them, the scent of saltwater carried in by rolling waves?nothing quite matches the carefree feel of a day on a beach in Hawaii, which is perhaps why The Wellness Journey Studio's owner Denise Baker-Bradley named her massage offerings after beaches on the tropical islands. But since she believes therapeutic massage therapy is not just for relaxation, these sessions have a therapeutic spin and can increase energy by lowering blood pressure. They can even improve sleep patterns better than keeping a closetful of sheep. During the Papohaku massage, for example, she rolls rods of bamboo over muscles to relieve deep-seated tension. For the celebrity facial massage sauna, she uses facial massage therapy techniques to reduce signs of aging. Before each stroke, she warms the massage oil, as clients stretch out beneath soft sheets and a soundtrack of beach sounds lulls them into a state of calm as deep as the ocean. The studio is located off Route 24 in Brockton.
Sue Lane has performed an estimated 24,000 bodywork sessions since she became a practicing massage therapist in 1984. By founding and operating Muscle Inc., she joins similarly experienced therapists in healing with a variety of bodywork modalities. To dispel stress and aches, foster flexibility and circulation, and help unravel injury symptoms, staffers at the practice's two locations employ a variety of techniques, among them reiki, medical massage, and craniosacral massage. No matter what type of session clients opt for, they're pampered with hot-cold therapy, soothing music, and a complimentary bottle of water. The Brockton location even features a chair lift, which assists people with mobility issues.
Mellisa Rollins, owner of MelliSPA, offers private beauty treatments by appointment only. This rule allows her and her staff to focus their completely on each client during each custom organic facial, full-body waxing, or massage. Committed to using natural and organic products when possible, Mellisa employs aroma and herbal therapies that draw on ancient herbal wisdom. For example, her hair-removal services eschew artificial waxes for all-organic ingredients such as amber honey, which is the same substance that bees use to remove fuzz from their abdomens.
At Carriage House Salon & Spa, stylists beautify clients’ hair with haircuts and highlights and massage therapists ease aches with soothing heated stones. Aestheticians perform lavish spa manicures, moisturizing cuticles and finishing nails with OPI lacquers.
Marcelle Racine, the certified massage therapist at Boston Empowerment and Wellness Center, kneads tension out of anxious backs and shoulders during one-hour Swedish massages. Employing a series of long strokes, gentle pressure, and encouraging pats on the back, Marcelle works to alleviate pain and improve flexibility. While the muscle mender manipulates dorsal landscapes, clients relax, allowing their bodies to take part in a mélange of health benefits, from bolstered blood flow to increased tissue regeneration to more effective immunity against diseases and dive-bombing pigeons.
The deep-tissue kneads, gentle Swedish strokes, and hot-stone massages that licensed massage therapist Laurie uses to dissolve pain and tension are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her studio's soothing elements. Even before she begins a session, clients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, injury, or general stress begin to relax as they melt into a heated massage table amid soft music and subdued lighting. To further the effects of each massage, Laurie makes use of essential oils, whose herb-, flower-, and fruit-derived aromas help send clients into a state of deep relaxation.