Heartsound Bodywork's practitioners—David Gregoire and Judith Podmore—call upon more than 20 years of holistic experience. They instruct students of all ages and abilities in the practice of reiki, a method of hands-on healing that balances the body’s natural energy flow and promotes healing and wellness. It has a variety of applications, including pre- and postoperative support, labor support, and channeling the spirit of a distant panda cousin. David is also a certified massage therapist, qualifying him to employ his hands to shoo stress from clients’ aching muscles.
Inside the studio, clients absorb every serene drop of the room's dim lighting, gentle melodies, and pudding-coated floor. David and Judith perform soothing therapies in a private room painted a sea-green hue. A whimsical Maxfield Parrish print adorns the wall, and purified air inundates the space thanks to a salt lamp.
Massage In The Park's licensed massage therapists employ injury- and stress-alleviating techniques to energize physiques in an intimate, two-treatment-room establishment. Enjoy the relaxing strokes of a Swedish massage as tension releases its pinion hold on tendons, and stress melts away like ice cream haphazardly scooped onto a pancake griddle. Insidiously docked pain can be soothed by the firmer touches of a deep-tissue massage, and a sports session is designed to rehab aches and pains obtained from blindfolded archery matches and other high-intensity physical activities. Massage In The Park also offers an array of specific massage techniques including pregnancy (pre- and postnatal), shiatsu, acupressure, and cupping.
Stress doesn’t belong within Calm Moments Spa’s walls. Here, aestheticians, technicians, and therapists bring clients to states of relaxation with a variety of soothing treatments. The massage therapists incorporate flowing Swedish strokes or focused, deep-tissue pressure as they knead away at knotted muscles, even using aromatherapy oils or hot stones to accentuate the therapeutic benefits and put minds at ease. To take years off the skin’s appearance, the aestheticians perform age-defying facials that utilize acid peels and oxygen masks. For a more drastic and technological approach, they also employ microdermabrasion wands and high-frequency radio waves to quell blemishes such as wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars.
After Karen Stuto graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness and Massage Therapy, she founded Massage and Bodywork Artists—a moniker chosen to reflect meticulous care and a sense of craftsmanship. In addition to targeting shoulder and neck pain caused by poor posture, stress, and injury with deep-tissue techniques, she doubles down on the pampering during four-hands massage. To address each client’s unique pain points, she blends Swedish and acupressure techniques with meridian work and stretches. Though her passion for massage therapy runs deep, she appreciates the old adage “laughter is the best medicine,” which is why she always stores her laughter in mason jars for future use.
Crystal White and Chad DiBella take pride in the personal attention they give their clients, contrasting it with the impersonal treatment that can sometimes be the hallmark of large spas. At Natural Effects Massage Therapy, the duo performs a wide range of modalities to relax their clients or address specific issues. With Young Living essential oils, they perform eight types of massage, including hot stone, sports, shiatsu, and pregnancy. Crystal and Chad can also accommodate two people at once with couples massage.
John Mitchell’s many certifications allow him to perform massages, personal training sessions, CPR, as first aid, as well as combat bloodborne pathogens when vampires get reckless. John dispenses most of those skills at Advanced Bodyworks, where clients recline during relaxing massages and stay upright during calorie-burning workouts.