Stress doesn’t belong within Calm Moments Spa’s walls. Here, aestheticians, technicians, and therapists bring clients to states of relaxation with a variety of soothing treatments. The massage therapists incorporate flowing Swedish strokes or focused, deep-tissue pressure as they knead away at knotted muscles, even using aromatherapy oils or hot stones to accentuate the therapeutic benefits and put minds at ease. To take years off the skin’s appearance, the aestheticians perform age-defying facials that utilize acid peels and oxygen masks. For a more drastic and technological approach, they also employ microdermabrasion wands and high-frequency radio waves to quell blemishes such as wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars.
When it comes to personnel, Wellness Works has holistic care covered. Its staff includes licensed massage therapists Paul Youngquist and Heidi Scott, certified life coach Janet Archer, and holistic aesthetician Sharon Slingerland. Together, they perform an array of relaxing services, including massages, meditation sessions, and organic facials. Clients who really want to retreat can sign up for a one-hour raindrop therapy session, during which the technician drops essential oils on the back to help evict toxins.
Medicine for the People helps its clients achieve overall wellness with natural medicine and a holistic education. The center's services include acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Thai massage, and it supplements health care with preventive activities such as yoga and meditation.
Lauren dispenses classic Swedish and deep-tissue massages to ease tense muscles. She is also well-versed in ayurvedic bodywork, a 5,000 year-old methodology of healing the body. Massages include the use of warm herbal oils and hot towels.
Owner Ali Bourgault’s signature deep-tissue and energy-balancing massage is a sample of the services offered at A Healing Vibration. After softening recalcitrant muscles with a blend of deep-tissue and Swedish massage kneads, Ali targets deeper problems, recalibrating bodily energies with a multipart regimen that includes reiki, polarity therapy, a foot soak, and a chakra clearing. Bourgault—a licensed massage therapist who has received certification for holistic massage and deep-tissue therapy from Spa Tech Institute—employs this blend of traditional and unorthodox techniques to help alleviate her clients’ pain, stress, and fatigue. To complement her holistic ways, she also makes dream catchers, jewelry, and skincare products that are crafted from natural and organic ingredients whenever possible.
From their studio in historic downtown Concord, Intuitive Touch's three veteran massage therapists banish back-bound kinks and ease guests into deep relaxation. Getting The Hippo's nod for best massage therapist of 2013, owner Stephanie Waters takes the leads with specialized training in healing arts both traditional and unique. Her arsenal of massage modalities even includes ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, which finds her applying deep pressure to backs with her feet while holding onto ceiling-mounted bars. Other relaxing options include energy-channeling Reiki and reflexology, which uses foot massage to relax other parts of the body by proxy.