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 chaos of everyday life checks itself at the door at Massage Worcester at Sherwin Christos - A Hair & Body Workshop. Skilled in a range of modalities, licensed massage therapist Amanda Bourbeau doesn?t just conjure fleeting moments of relaxation, but also helps the body heal itself from the inside out. She marries myofascial and deep-tissue therapies during regional bodywork massages that sooth and stretch sore areas and can apply localized pressure on reflex points of the hands and feet to activate natural healing processes and make tongues stick out at her will. Aside from using her gifted hands, Amanda may also call upon heated basalt stones or paraffin wraps to help assuage aches and pains.
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.
Owner Kelly Chisholm of the eponymous Finally Kelly's Salon works with her daughter Kurstyn and a small staff to deliver personalized spa services in private rooms. Kurstyn uses her esthetician expertise to wield Bioelements product, vitamin infusions, and mud masks during a selection of six facial treatments. Stylists can also customize cuts and dyes to flatter men’s and women's face shapes, skin tone, and forehead tattoos.
Since 1992, clients have walked out of LaRose Muscular Therapy lighter and more relaxed after therapeutic massage treatments. Today, they maintain a staff comprised of more than 10 licensed therapists, each specializing in different modalities. They work to help clients overcome pain and physical and mental discomfort through massage in five private suites. Services include Swedish, deep- tissue, and prenatal massage?the last a soothing treatment to help soon-to-be mothers who have to carry the weight of their baby and their backpack full of baby books.
Licensed massage therapist Colleen Morgan owns and operates Morgan’s Orthopedic & Sports Massage, drawing upon years of training in orthopedic and medical massage and pain management. Using a variety of massage modalities, Morgan and her staff attempt to soothe their clients’ aching muscles. Specialized sessions include sports massages, which prep muscles before workouts or replenish them after athletic activity. Morgan herself has a great deal of experience with these kind of sessions as her past clients have included a number of professional athletes from teams such as the Boston Red Sox and the Worcester Sharks. Other services they provide include orthopedic treatments, during which practitioners meld multiple modalities to correct structural irregularities instead of sprouting extra hands.