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 keeps hours from Tuesday through Saturday.
Fifteen years of industry experience go into every haircut, manicure, and wax treatment at Attaviano Salon & Spa. As stylists craft glamorous 'dos, nail technicians dote upon fingernails and toenails, topping each tip with colorful coats of OPI and Zoya polish. Aestheticians also ensure complexions are left radiant after revitalizing facials and reveal smoother, silkier skin with waxing treatments that swiftly evict unwanted hair and feathers.
For more than 18 years, the licensed practitioners at Harvard Therapeutic Massage have relaxed and healed patients suffering from stress, injury, and chronic pain. Each member of the team specializes in relaxation massage and pain relief therapy. The former uses oils and lotions with a combination of gliding, kneading, and stretching all over the body to help muscles unwind and put minds at ease, while the latter sees therapists focusing on trigger points, helping blood flow to contracted areas in order to bring relief to the surrounding nerves. Select members of the team are also specialized in styles of treatment such as hot stone massage, reiki, and pre-natal massage, which helps bring relief to expectant mothers and unborn babies tired of sitting in the same position for weeks on end.
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.
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.