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Mending Fences Equine Wellness

After spending four decades in the saddle, equine enthusiast and certified veterinary technician Theresa Gagnon has an intimate knowledge of soreness and back pain. Not all of that knowledge comes from her riding experience, however—Theresa is also a licensed massage therapist with certifications in various healing modalities. Perhaps the most unusual of these is equine massage, a therapy designed specifically for horses. Theresa’s equine techniques draw on her studies of biomechanics and horse behaviors to heal muscles commonly injured by riders poking around in search of the radio dial.

Theresa is joined at Mending Fences Equine Wellness by Jodi Clark, whose 400 combined hours of training in equine and canine massage have made her similarly attuned to the stresses of four-legged beasts. Jodi and Theresa often supplement their targeted massage strokes with treadmill exercises, pulsating magnetic-field treatments, and electrical stimulation. When they aren’t tending to sore muscles and joint problems in dogs and horses, the duo regularly works with farm animals such as handicapped chickens and sheep injured while jumping over imaginary fences.

307 Spencer Road
Oakham,
MA
US

Three months after he graduated from Salter College, licensed therapist Jeff Scott opened Escape Massage Centers in a small office. Knowing better than to despise humble beginnings, Jeff saw his tiny studio as the first step in an ongoing journey. Six months later, he opened a second location, and today he has a total of three outposts?one for each lightning bug that hovers in place to form Orion's belt every night. When Jeff isn't personally mending muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point techniques, he supervises a team of therapists that expands on his primary modalities with hot-stone, pregnancy, and couples massage. In addition to building his own practice, Jeff has taught at his alma mater and earned certification in the myoskeletal alignment techniques developed by Erik Dalton. Dalton considers the myofascial and skeletal systems as inseparable as a tongue and a frozen flagpole.

456 Main St
Holden,
MA
US

The stylists at Salon Chi revere the raw power of nature. That’s why master stylist April D'Allessandro-Andrews and her team rely on organic treatments and products to shape and style hair. Instead of shampoos with harsh chemicals and sulfates that damage hair and leave a gross aftertaste, they opt for washes that harness the calming effects of olive, argan, soybean, and Tahitian oils. And in lieu of ammonia-riddled color, they enlist plant-based serums to finish dos. You’ll also notice the lack of formaldehyde in their nail polish, the organic ingredients in their chocolate-facial wax, and the natural minerals in their talc-free makeup.

87 Main St
Rutland,
MA
US

Tropic Sun Tanning Salon keeps its patrons looking sun-kissed regardless of the season with a range of tanning beds and products. Three levels of beds and booths imbue a range of hues from light to deep bronze, while Mystic spray tans employ a safe skin-tinting solution rather than UV radiation.

1103 Main St
Holden,
MA
US

Holden Scene