Pure Energy Reiki's resident master, Natasha, harnesses out-of-whack energies with the chakra-balancing touches of one-hour reiki sessions. Located inside CLINIC Alternative Medicines, sessions immerse customers in a soothing atmosphere as they rid themselves of stresses and fatigue without having to send their personal voodoo doll on a Caribbean vacation. Natasha places her hands over specific nodes of the body to rebalance the body's energy flow, and while results vary, many guests report a deep sense of calm akin to meditation.
Bodhi Works Massage & Healing Arts' licensed massage therapist and reiki master teacher, Andrew Borsari, puts his extensive training to use untying sinewy knots and removing stress from physiques with a trio of techniques. Patrons with regular aches and pains can choose the deep-tissue massage, which works at the muscles beneath the top layer to target chronic tension and daring tightrope feats in the body's connective tissue. The relaxation massage, or Swedish method, melts muscles, eases joint rigidity, and diminishes pain through long, gliding strokes, leaving clients de-stressed and pleasantly tingly. During trigger-point therapy, Borsari utilizes manual pressure, vibration, or other methods to deactivate reactions in the body that trigger pain and ailments, such as headaches and involuntary Macarena dances.
The natural world always appealed to Winifred Tannetta, whether she was exploring the Ontario wilderness as a child on family vacations or visiting sacred sites across Ireland, Spain, and the United States as an adult. This passion for earth-based spirituality inspired Winifred to found her own business, where she creates a supportive environment that promotes introspection and self-discovery. The majority of the center's services emphasize spiritual and energetic health, including reiki sessions that promote balance and harmony with gentle attunements.
Like the Rush Hour movie trilogy, Manee Powers's massage practice combines the best of Eastern and Western techniques. Manee studied and practiced traditional Thai massage at Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School in Bangkok and practiced throughout the Phuket area. After practicing in Thailand for five years, Manee enrolled in The Massage School in Easthampton, where she mastered an array of Western kneading techniques, such as deep tissue, Swedish, and trigger-point therapy.
The sounds of waves and birds. Flower arrangements. White leather furniture. Your senses tell you you’re in the tropics, but you’re actually at Tropical Tan, settling in for a relaxing bronzing session in one of the studio’s UV or sunless tanning booths. Voice automated and complete with dryer function, the California Tan Sunless machine spritzes down bodies with a glow that lasts for up to seven days.
A pair of guardians watches over Salon Avanti’s clientele during salon sessions each day. These stalwart sentinels are the owners' well-behaved lap dogs, Lola and Mazzie, who entertain guests as their stylist parents revamp patrons' looks with a select menu of hair, nail, and waxing treatments. Stylists stock their salon area with an arsenal of high-end products from brands such as Goldwell, Paul Mitchell, and KMS Crew. The diverse range of products allows stylists to instantly treat hair in a variety of types and conditions and address styling needs including smoothing out unruly texture and punching up natural color with gentle tinting agents. For heavy-duty styling needs, the salon's staff can also retexturize with a perm or utilize a keratin straightening treatment to sleek down hair during humid weather or for upcoming reunions with your adopted family of seals. At the nailcare station, rows stocked with Opi and China Glaze polishes await their turn during manicure and pedicures, with a selection of shellac and gel polishes offering up to two weeks of wear without chipping. A trio of facial waxing treatments rounds out the salon’s menu, shaping eyebrows to accent gazes or depilating unwanted strands from lips or chins to create a hair-free complexion without making impulsive pacts with Mr. Clean.
A contemporary dancer, Kristen Stake understands more than most how the body moves. In fact, while she was practicing contact improvisation dance, she learned a variety of bodywork modalities, including Thai yoga massage and shiatsu, and decided that she wanted to become a massage therapist.
At Embody Center, Kristen blends multiple massage styles, including the aforementioned techniques, craniosacral therapy, and reflexology, to reenergize her clients and deepen their relationships with and awareness of their own bodies. Kristen also works to alleviate physical tension, decrease anxiety, and loosen limbs so they can snake under vending-machine doors.