Marie Loranger takes on aches and pains with a pair of well-trained hands. Her deft fingers deploy modalities ranging from the gentle kneading of Swedish massage to the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage, depending on the needs of the client. Marie also handles other healing traditions, such as ear candling and stretching, the latter of which incorporates stretching and pressure on the whole body.
Although Marie currently works inside a room at Exotic Image Tanning and Massage Spa, the inspiration for her business name comes from her plans to take her massages on the road. Soon, she will be pulling into home driveways or office parking lots where she can perform her massages in a dimly lit, temperature-controlled room.
Soft music sets the scene at Tony Shannon’s spa, resounding off bottles of vegan lotions and oils and preparing mind and body for a full-body treat. Tony, a Massage School of East Hampton graduate, calls upon a range of rubdown modalities, from classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to Eastern methodologies such as thai-yoga and hot-stone massage. With each pat and rub, Tony helps shoo away stress and fatigue, boost circulation, and recharge energy stores and swallowed cell phones. He can also target massage efforts to relieve specific aches and pains, including pregnancy fatigue, aching feet, painful backs, and soreness from uncomfortable work chairs or enthusiastic pig wrestling.
Licensed massage therapist Takeisha Coles relaxes physiques with an eclectic array of modalities in her massage oasis nestled inside Exotic Image Tanning Salon and Spa. During Swedish massages, Takeisha soothes sore backs with a cocktail of effleurage, friction, and percussion; the more intense deep-tissue massage is designed to loosen deep-rooted knots and pent-up pressure. Hot-stone massages utilize the healing powers of smooth, tumbled stones culled from Babylonian fountains that are applied to key pressure points. Chair massages ease aches in 10- to 15-minute increments while patrons are seated and fully clothed in the medieval armor they arrived in.
Zenergy Healing Arts Studio’s licensed massage therapist has studied anatomy, physiology, muscle structure, and massage techniques as part of a program that required more than 650 hours of training. Now skilled in multiple massage modalities, she harnesses this wisdom as she helps her clients improve their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health with styles such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage. She also specializes in other forms such as pregnancy massage, chair massage, and massages for the elderly.
Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
The talented technicians at Esteem Skin Care revamp visages and relieve anxious muscles with a lineup of skincare and massage services. Facials begin with a welcoming curtain of warm steam, followed by exfoliation and a neck, shoulder, hand, and arm massage. The American facial employs a penetrating heat mask and several slices of apple pie, and the European facial deep-cleanses pores. Each facial concludes with a light moisturizer and nourishing eye cream. One-hour massages performed by a licensed massage therapist range from traditional Swedish massages to sports-centric therapy and deep-tissue massages to evict rogue pieces of kleenex from back musculature. Clients can choose from a roster of techniques to customize their soothing treatment.