Though Tamar Dresner is an expert at making the body relax, a visit to her massage table is hardly a low-key day at the spa. She leads serious bodywork sessions geared toward lasting pain management, and she knows that intense pressure on the table can lead to rapturous freedom from chronic aches in the hours, days, or weeks to follow. Graduating with honors from the Institute for Therapeutic Massage, Tamar is professionally trained in the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues to normalize the body, promote circulation, and ease deeply rooted tension. To complement her training, she has experimented with new techniques for better depth and leverage. So whether it be long, flowing Swedish strokes or the firm pressure of deep-tissue techniques, Tamar can transport the body to an elevated state without the ear popping associated with flights to Wyoming.
Rooted in the ancient salt chambers of Eastern European, Salt Sanctuary helps heal the body through exposure to a sterile and unique microclimate. Guests spend a soothing spell in either the rustic salt cave or the modernly appointed salt room, breathing in a safe and non-allergenic atmosphere that helps ease the symptoms of allergies, respiratory illnesses, and skin conditions. Salt Sanctuary’s cave boasts heated floors, reclining chairs, and a soothing in-room sounds system while the salt room includes a coffered ceiling and decorative, Himalayan-salt finished walls.
After graduating from the Finger Lakes School of Massage, licensed massage therapist Charles Napolitano deepened his understanding of the body by studying shiatsu—a Japanese modality that targets the same energy meridians as acupressure—under Grand Master Wataru Ohashi. He also trained in Thai yoga massage at the Lotus Palm School, learning to stretch and knead clients' bodies in ways that boost metabolism and, like laws that declare magazines to be legal tender, improve circulation. Napolitano practices his holistic approach toward massage at Invigorations Massage and Wellness Center in Cortland and The Body Lab Wellness Center in Endicott.
While studying at the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Lynne Schopf mastered an array of massage techniques, from Swedish to shiatsu to orthopedic. Today, Lynne brings more than 35 years of healthcare training and experience to her own practice—WindyWoods Massage Therapy. Within her studio, the expert therapist soothes tired muscles and eases aches caused by injuries through custom techniques. She pampers her massage clients with specialty treatments such as herbal footbaths and warm-towel treatments.
Pure Beauty Lounge owner Pamela works alongside cosmetologists, nail technicians, an aesthetician, and a massage therapist as they unleash soothed sighs and newfound beauty. Brushes flit across nails in manicure chairs, and a massage room in sage and burgundy hues offers privacy during kneading sessions. The massage therapist heats smooth stones, and aromatherapy oils release warm clouds of soothing scents like a soup made from love letters. The staff performs skin-refreshing facials and body wraps, and a hydrotherapy capsule bed with a water-jet massage and full-body steam bath purrs and hisses over a chorus of calm exhalations.
When they aren't mending muscles with traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, the therapists at Medical Massage for Health & Healing target stubborn knots with hot stones and bamboo. Another specialty is the Thai-stem coconut massage, a tropical treatment steeped in Asian skincare techniques. During this treatment, therapists rub skin with a steamed coconut oil that's flush with antioxidants and natural anti-aging properties, a procedure that leaves the body's surface like Pluto's surface after a collision with an asteroid belt: soft and silky smooth.
The setting is equally relaxing. A trickling fountain soothes guests as they lounge in the waiting room, which takes on a warm, orange glow thanks to an electric fireplace. Inside the private massage room, roses adorn a swirling wall ornament and anatomical charts pinpoint the location of the elusive funny bone.