Healing Hands Massage?s scheduling book never has back-to-back appointments. So if someone has a 60-minute deep-tissue massage at 1 p.m. with licensed massage therapist Howard Dodd?who is also a certified personal trainer and lead instructor of the massage program at Lincoln Technical Institute?s Brockton Campus?there won?t be a Swedish massage at 2 p.m. with Dodd, however, appointments would be available to schedule with another licensed massage therapist. This scheduling approach allows the clients to enjoy their massage service without feeling rushed out the door. Adding to the comfort, the staff can customize its kneads to alleviate pain, tension, and ailments from common sports injuries, such as spraining a muscle or mistaking a bowling ball for a basketball and trying to dunk it.
Whatever Healing Hands Massage lacks in size, it makes up for with compassion. The owners bill the space as a "mom and pop" massage studio and muscle-management center, where therapists greet every client with warmth and a strategy for relief. Depending on their needs, clients can choose from Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massage or combine the modalities. The therapists will tend to problem areas with the appropriate techniques, addressing sore spots, knots and kinks, or injuries incurred on the field or while holding up the team's bus as the quarterback changed the tire. Healing Hands offers massages in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute increments.
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 MelliSpa, aesthetician Paula Bartorelli nourishes complexions naturally. Drawing from a diverse background in advanced clinical skin care treatments and natural healing, her facials use high-quality GlyMed Plus and Prima Fleur Botanicals products. Her services often change with the seasons?for instance, a pumpkin-enzyme peel in the fall?but she also performs classic facials customized for aging, acneic, and dry skin.
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.
Shayla McCall is a healer, plain and simple. The licensed massage therapist has spent 10 years learning everything she can about how the body works?and how to help it when something goes wrong. At Heavenly Hands, Shayla relieves stress with massage techniques that range from sports to classic Swedish, but therapeutic touch isn't the only healing method in her wheelhouse. She's also a dedicated ear-coning practitioner and hot-rock therapist, which only goes to show that she'll stop at nothing to get your body feeling right again.