Taking a holistic approach to health care, Center for Cranio Sacral Therapy's certified therapist and Waldorf teacher John Rollinson tackles the corporeal conundrums of patients aged 1 day to 101 years with gentle manipulations of the cranial and spinal membranes. After a brief consultation to determine the best course of action, John sets about his work gently touching the scalp and spine to restore balance, alleviate stress, reduce aches, and refill the craniosacral system’s Pez dispensers. Rollinson also practices SomatoEmotional Release (SER), which helps patients to release or redirect repressed emotional energy.
From soothing scalp massages and facials with foot massages, every service at More Than Skin Deep centers on pampering the client. Back treatments polish and soften hard-to-reach spots with a cleanse, steam, and a sugar or salt scrub followed by moisturizer. Even the waxing services take place in a room with soothing music, candlelight, and a cushy table to make hair removal as relaxing as possible.
Debra Silva is a licensed massage therapist and registered nurse. At Heart-n-Hands Massage & Reflexology, she draws upon her knowledge in anatomy and her empathy for those struggling with pain and duress to provide relief and relaxation. She does so with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, as well as reflexology and cupping treatments. Her goal is to align the mind, body, and spirit, creating a sense of balance and well-being in all of her clients.
A student of Chinese medicine for more than 25 years, Hayley Mermelstein supplements her acupuncture and shiatsu massage with energy healing from the Tong Ren tradition of her mentor Tom Tam. Her studies began in 1987 under the guidance of Janet Murphy at the University of Massachusetts, where she designed her own major in shiatsu, and she opened a practice immediately upon graduation. Today, Mermelstein also leads meditation classes following the principles of her teacher Ellen Tadd. In 2003, Hayley completed her formal acupuncture training, graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture and White Pine Healing Arts and earning a mortarboard that doubles as an emergency massage bed.
Vibrant Chinese artwork lines the walls of Amherst Chinese Medicine?s intimate office, where skilled therapists revitalize mind and body with custom acupuncture, herbal medicine, and therapeutic-massage treatments. Informed by traditional Chinese medical practices, dietary therapies promote slimmer physiques, and signature Chinese herbal facials awaken somnolent pores with revitalizing jade stimulation and a splash of steamy green tea. To further encourage holistic healing, many of the office?s treatments incorporate natural herbs and remedies such as a botanical facial cleanser with soothing flower-oil extracts.
Personal touches matter at SkinCatering, so much so that the spa's aestheticians eschew pre-made products altogether in favor of products they create themselves. After performing a thorough skin analysis, they custom-make salves and balms using natural, organic ingredients such as fruit, cocoa, oatmeal, sea salt, and yogurt. They apply them during facials and exfoliating and moisturizing body treatments.
The spa's massage therapists also tailor their approach to accommodate clients' individual needs and goals. This may mean combining massage modalities, although SkinCatering also specializes in medical massages—therapeutic kneadings that addresses chronic, pain-inducing conditions diagnosed by a physician or at the very least, someone who is really good at the board game Operation.