The licensed therapists and technicians at Creative Strands Hair & Bodyworks excavate stress and instill beauty with a wide spectrum of salon and spa services. During massages, muscle manipulators call upon therapeutic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to untie knotted muscles in shoulders, backs, and vestigial dorsal fins. Unwanted hairs succumb to swathes of warm wax, and exfoliating microdermabrasion facials leave skin as smooth as Casanova’s answering-machine greeting.
Though he isn't a surgeon or a power-lifter, David John Bruneau has spent more than 1,000 hours learning about the body's muscles. The licensed massage therapist dedicates his hands to alleviating general tension, recurring aches, and ailments at Serenity Massage & Bodywork. His modalities range from familiar Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to more specialized kneads, such as the slow strokes of lymphatic-drainage massage and the maneuvers of craniosacral therapy, which can calm angry sinuses better than a kleenex printed with lullabies.
By combining different disciplines into his treatments, David can address a variety of symptoms. As the maladies he treats are often chronic, he encourages long-term trust between him and his clients; according to the testimonials on his site, some clients have been visiting him for more than 10 years, and some drive nearly an hour to get there.
Though she specializes in noninvasive, relaxing treatments, Rachel Marshall's resumé suggests she hasn't had much time to relax. In the five years since entering the natural-health-and-wellness field, she's been an advanced practitioner of the Ondamed biofeedback system and has received certifications in reflexology, muscle testing, and holistic life coaching. As Natural Health and Wellness of New England's owner and practitioner, she rejuvenates weary feet during reflexology sessions and restores bodily balance with reiki. Alternatively, her Ondamed system rebalances bodies with electromagnetic frequencies, which has been said to help patients with Lyme disease, depression, metabolic disorders, chronic pain, and smoking cessation. Other treatments include an ionic foot-detox machine, which helps to detoxify feet with a negative-ion-filled footbath, and raindrop therapy, which flushes out toxins by sprinkling nine essential oils onto spinal reflexes of the feet and back.
Named some of Worcester’s Best Massage Therapists by Worcester Mag three years in a row, Revitalize Massage Therapy's resident back kneaders unwind tense muscles with an array of massages. Revitalize's specialties include deep tissue, which focuses on localized pressure; Swedish, which employs lighter, muscle-skimming strokes; and trigger-point therapy and myofacial release. Therapists treat dorsal extremities to the client's choice of techniques for a 60- or 90-minute service as soothing as a lullaby whispered by Darth Vader.
When she established Health & Healing Massage Therapy, owner and licensed massage therapist Karen Nugent envisioned a place where clients could maintain all facets of their health—mind, body, spirit, and eyebrow flexibility. In service of this dream, she assembled a team made up of seasoned massage therapists, a Native American shaman, and an acupuncturist, who now flaunt their skills in a unique assortment of therapeutic treatments ranging from therapeutic massage to craniosacral therapy to reflexology. Several of the therapies can even be merged in tandem sessions in which two therapists and four hands combine massage with reflexology, reiki, or finger-puppet therapies.
For licensed massage therapist Joy Clarkson, healing is more than just kneading away muscle knots. As a 13-year massage-therapy veteran, she's grown to incorporate meditation and sound into her practice at Enjoy Holistic Healing. Sessions may use gongs and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as her voice; this may include chanting, toning, or speaking the phone book very slowly. However, because she tailors these sessions to each individual, she may use as few or as many of these methods during massages, alongside lomilomi, reflexology, and other modalities.