Jenn Cavanaugh is a Class 1 licensed cosmetologist working out of Face It Day Spa. At this full-service salon and spa, Jenn practices hair design with a perfect balance of technique and vision. She offers men's and women’s haircuts, perms, and a slew of coloring services that conceal the most dominant grays and add a fresh, youthful gloss. Her commitment to personal style is evident in her approach—she aligns her work to emphasize each person's most flattering features and perfectly complement his or her shoulder parrot. In addition to hair services, Jenn also offers facial waxing and mani-pedis.
Patrons relax on a bed in one of Bliss Therapeutic Massage's trio of private rooms as a certified stress-alleviator soothes tense muscles. The Swedish massage employs long, gliding movements, kneading and friction to release muscles from painful holding patterns, relieving tension and helping to improve range of motion. The massage maven's dexterous, deep-tissue probing targets bodily districts plagued by chronic discomfort and pain and can draw upon stretching and trigger-point techniques to supplement the traditional deep-tissue approach. The treatment typically focuses on creaky necks, achy lower backs, stiff shoulders, and noses tense from repeated theft. The slow, deliberate motions of formidable fingertips penetrate deep into muscular strata, helping to assuage entrenched pain lingering from old football injuries or recent backgammon mishaps.
Specializing in sports massage, therapist Christopher Benoit applies his athleticism and formal training to a variety of relaxation modalities. A long-distance cyclist himself, Benoit helps to keep athletes limber during muscle-stiffening cold seasons with foam-fingered kneads designed to facilitate healing, improve athletic performance, and increase range of motion. Benoit approaches massage therapy from a perspective of wellness, helping to circulate endorphins, nutrients, and oxygen throughout the body as he bolsters the immune system. Dim lighting gently illuminates light-green walls as clients lie on heated towels and surrender to soothing strokes augmented by hypoallergenic massage gels.
Since she was able to crawl, licensed massage therapist Kara Grant's hands would intuitively reach for the nearest pair of hands and feet, where they'd occupy themselves by moving in circular massage motions. Following the lead of her hands, she wound up at the Spa Tech Institute, where she was able to refine her technique and soak up the teachings of experienced therapists. Kara now keeps her hands busy at Peace in the Storm Massage Therapy, reducing stress with Swedish techniques, diminishing physical discomfort in expectant mothers, and easing the pain of losing at trivia with targeted treatments such as neuromuscular therapy.
The piney hills surrounding Route 2 conceal the cozy sanctuary of Attaviano Spa. In private quarters at the back, aesthetician Sarah Rattet reinvigorates her clients with destressing massages. She cultivates an outer as well as an inner glow with waxing from brow to bikini line and specialized facial salves rich in vitamin C harvested from the smoothest-skinned oranges. The spa is open seven days a week.
At Body Connections Massage Center, licensed massage therapists knead tension from tired tendons during 60- or 80-minute Swedish massages that utilize soothing strokes. The staff is drawn to muscular knots like metal detectors are drawn to bank vaults, seeking out tension and dissolving it with a series of chops and rubs which may be augmented with massage oils. Kaycee Condon and her team take each client’s relaxation needs into account before the treatment begins, analyzing soft tissue for spots requiring deeper degrees of therapy and those best served by inkblot tests. Customers desiring more time on the table may upgrade the 80-minute massage to 90 minutes for $15, or upgrade a 60-minute massage to 80 minutes for $15 or 90 minutes for $30.
Esha Washington describes herself as a cancer-conquering, God-loving, beach-bumming, jewelry-making mother of two with a passion for roller coasters, indoor skydiving, and of course, massage therapy. Her experiences, like her interests, have been diverse. She graduated from UMass Boston with a degree in business, and after 20 years as a successful realtor, decided she wanted to change people's lives more directly; that's when she took up therapeutic bodywork. She attended the massage program at Salter College, where she learned relaxation techniques such as hot-stone therapy, deep-tissue massage, and napping in a kangaroo pouch. Today all can seek Esha's expertise of her own Head to Soul Therapeutic Massage clinic.