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.
Licensed massage therapist Louise Loureiro has seen firsthand the healing power of massage. At her calming Leominster studio, she works to relax the tight muscles in her clients' backs, necks, and shoulders with 60- and 90-minute massage sessions. She offers deep-tissue, Swedish, and prenatal massages, along with corporate and event chair massages, helping increase circulation and ease chronic muscle pain.
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.
Licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, and manicurist Alicia Favreau specializes in making her clients look and feel beautiful with an array of spa services. Alicia welcomes guests into her apricot-hued studio, where she helps muscles combat tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage therapy. Massages are customized to each guest’s needs and can be upgraded to include aromatherapy, a hot-towel treatment, or a musician looking for a quiet area to play the drumsticks. Alicia also helps clients in their pursuit of youthfulness with facials, spray tans, mani-pedis, and waxing services, and she carries many natural and organic products.
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.
While studying alternative medicine, Wilson Cruz became fascinated with the body's ability to regenerate, and explored how massage therapy aids this process. Soon after earning his massage therapy license, he opened Get Centered Muscular Therapy Studio where he manipulates clients' physical structures into healing themselves through personalized massage sessions. He draws from the multiple techniques in which he's been trained to customize each session to increase circulation and improve range of motion. Neuromuscular therapy increases flexibility and improves stamina while speeding up post-workout recovery, and the strokes of deep-tissue massage work to loosen scar tissue and lengthen muscles so clients no longer have to sleep hanging upside-down.