Licensed massage therapist Laura Broderick of Solstice Massage & Bodywork rejuvenates muscles, minds, and epidermises with soothing skincare and massage services using hand-forged, 90% organic 9th Scentury products. During the sugar-scrub treatment, clients select from three scented formulas with essential oils such as chamomile, bergamot, or rosewood. A circuitous scrub exfoliates away dead skin cells and sketches landing targets for sugar-plum fairies, followed by a moisturizing lotion and warm toweling to soften legs, arms, backs, and stiff pinkies. A customized 30-minute Swedish or deep-tissue massage unbraids knotty tissue with long, gliding strokes or deep, targeted pressure to unleash chronic tension buried in muscles. Massage benefits bodies by stimulating circulation and bolstering the immune system, and by lowering blood pressure, which explains why traffic cops typically sentence road-raged drivers to massage therapy.
Tucked inside the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, The Spa at Atlantis tends to world-weary guests tired after a day of splashing around the CoCo Key Water Resort, as well as local bodies dropping by for a simple day of pampering. Experienced massage therapists revive fatigued muscles and increase flexibility through a variety of modalities, incorporating hot stones into many styles to ease deep-seated aches and keep newly lightened spirits from floating away.
Facials blend cleansing and toning tonics to calm acne or aging skin and leave mugs well-moisturized with custom masks, and OPI polishes enliven digits after nails and cuticles are meticulously groomed and softened with lotion or exfoliating sugar scrubs. After working up an appetite by way of relaxation, clients can also opt to enjoy a light spa lunch of café sandwiches and salads or test out new feathered hair extensions by taking flight to the nearest pizza parlor.
Though all licensed massage therapists work to ease their clients' everyday stress, Christine Sortwell also seeks out the medical issues that cause pain. She holds certifications in illness-focused modalities such as arthrossage, which treats arthritis pain, and oncology massage, which seeks to ease cancer pain. She is also skilled in medical massage and rotator-cuff-release technique. Christine customizes each of these medically focused massages to her clients' needs and rubs away muscle pain using individualized blends of lymphatic drainage, Swedish, therapeutic, and chair massage techniques. During each session, she asks the patron for constant feedback on the massage's pressure and enhances the benefits with touches such as a heated massage table, locally produced BC Essentials aromatherapy blends, and an audiobook dispelling most legends about hook-handed asylum escapees.
Jessica has always believed that touch can have great power on another person. Her education at Boston's Cortiva School of Massage solidified this. Under the guidance of professional therapists, she learned the mechanics of the human body, as well as healing techniques such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, and deep-tissue pressure––all of which are available out of her East of Heaven Massage practice.
The diverse team of practitioners at Eternal Balance helps to tune out the chatter of the outside world and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit with reiki, massage, and private yoga services. The intimate healing studio, tucked away in the Cummings Center, contains a private massage treatment room where the therapist tenderizes sore muscles and unties braided tendons with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques.
A nearby classroom hosts groups of students during life-enhancing workshops, such as The Art of Natural Breathing. The studio's owner, Olga, a trained reiki practitioner and yoga instructor, concludes each session with an improvised haiku to brighten each client’s aura.
Whether it’s a deep-tissue massage or trigger point therapy, every bodywork treatment at All You Need Wellness begins the same way—with a thorough consultation. The wellness spa’s staff of massage therapists, reflexologists, and Reiki masters delves deep into clients’ health histories to draw up the best plan of action. If massage is in order, therapists drawn on Swedish, cranial sacral, sports, and a variety of other techniques to alleviate pain and uncover lost LEGO blocks. Beyond soothing bodywork sessions, All You Need also offers aesthetic treatments, including body-contouring lypomassage, acne-fighting facials, and waxing for the brows, upper-lip, and underarms.