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.
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.
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.
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.
After seven years of retirement, former chiropractor Joanne Paquette realized that something was missing from her life: She wanted to help people again. Knowing that her days of cracking backs and lecturing crooked vertebrae were behind her, she chose instead to become a licensed massage therapist and reflexologist.
Today, as the owner of Back to Nature Massage and Reflexology, Joanne uses her medical knowledge and nimble hands to soothe tense sinews with deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, and pregnancy techniques. She can even flush away toxins with lymphatic drainage, a modality that incorporates gentle pressures and a modified plunger.
At age 13, Jacqueline designed a science-fair project focused on age management, having developed a fascination for skincare by watching her mother and grandmother go through their daily beauty regimens. As Jacqueline grew up, she took that passion and became a licensed master aesthetician, opening Jacqueline Jase Face & Body Center in 2009. The center is named in part for her mother and grandmother—Jane and Rose—who Jacqueline names as the two most influential women in her life. Today, Jacqueline fights aging and nourishes skin with facials and herbal wraps, swaddling clients in natural and organic products from brands such as Bioelements. She also applies Nufree Hair Removal to legs and arms to remove unwanted hair, and fastens NovaLash extensions to eyelids to create longer, denser lashes. Realizing a connection between stress and skin deterioration, Jacqueline became a licensed massage therapist in 2010 and now relieves stress and chronic aches with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities.