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.
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.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ellis Smith believes that everyone can benefit from chiropractic care—he even extends his services to children, as some treatments may reduce the severity of allergies, asthma, and ADD. He realigns the spines of adult patients with adjustments or refers them to on-staff massage therapist Ayla Fialko, who gently works out muscular kinks. Fialko also provides body waxing out of Kamala Therapeutic Services, enabling patients to look as smooth on the outside as they feel on the inside after a treatment.
The staff at Finger Lakes Spine & Body Works aims to improve patients on both the outside and inside. Chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists work to alleviate physical ailments that range from headaches to sciatica to insomnia. Their services include manual and instrument adjustments, herbs, and massages. A cosmetologist focuses on pampering bodies with mani-pedis and facials that use natural and non-toxic products.
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.