After a more than 20-year career in retail, Kim Ryan heeded the encouragement of her husband, friends, and thoroughly wrung out dish towels to pursue an education at the Salter massage school. Today she’s a member of ABMP—Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals—and dedicates her life to helping do away with the stress of others. Ryan’s custom massages take on many forms, such as flowing Swedish strokes to improve range of motion in limbs, but they are all consciously geared toward giving clients a relaxing respite. When not melting muscles in her quaint studio, Kim can be found donating her massage skills for assisted living facilities and other worthy causes.
Steve Baglioni knows the human body. On a regular basis, the massage therapist works with sports professionals and chiropractors, and is currently studying to become a certified personal trainer. Given the diversity of the fields he's studied, it's not surprising Steve specializes in two very different styles of massage. As a sports therapist, he provides intense treatment for athletes looking to improve their flexibility or recover from strenuous activity. Steve’s other specialty is hospice service. In this capacity, he performs comfort touch treatments that gently relieve aches in patients who spend a great deal of time in bed or wheelchairs.
You might see Amy DePerrior’s work in magazines, on TV, or in the New England Patriots Cheerleaders' swimsuit calendar. But you don't have to go that far—her beauty skills also show on the faces of visitors to LuxeBeautiQue Beauty Bar, Cosmetics & Spa. Here, she helms a staff of makeup artists, massage therapists, and nail technicians whose professional prowess snagged the company a Best of Boston award in 2008 from Boston magazine.
Resplendent in flowing white curtains and dark-wood floors, the beauty bar polishes faces with upwards of 10 specialized facials made to firm the skin, reduce redness, and banish other issues with powerful enzymes and antioxidants. The company's collection of SpaRitual polishes make each manicure vegan, eco-friendly, and free of synthetic dyes, and faux mink eyelash extensions create fuller, longer lashes that last up to six months with regular touchups. To pay homage to the owner's claim to fame, the beauty bar also performs makeup services with Becca cosmetics, a line that boasts more than 30 concealer and foundation colors. Nearly every line the specialists use in the studio is available for home purchase from the in-store beauty boutique. Meanwhile, private rooms furnish a tranquil backdrop for therapeutic massages that warm bodies with heated stones and relax the muscles of mothers-to-be weary from carrying baby-shaped pumpkins around for practice.
Salon 234 Salon & Spa’s owner, Angela Mikedis, has created a salon focused on tailoring treatments to the individual's needs. The menu of salon and spa services includes keratin smoothing treatments, hair extensions, massage, and makeup instruction.
For Jade DiPersio, looking good extends beyond personal appearance. According to a spotlight story in the Daily Item, her first order of business as a new salon owner was to renovate the fusty interior of her new space. Gone were the shaggy carpets and outdated countertops, replaced by sleek hardwood floors and six styling stations designed to Jade’s exacting standards. Here, expert technicians wax wayward fuzz, snip split ends, and coax out underlying color with highlights. Two pedicure stations eschew bacteria-friendly jets for sanitary surfaces set in front of a plush bench embellished with zebra stripes. Jade has calibrated the environment to put all clients at ease, with violet accents and jungle-print smocks adding a splash of whimsy to makeovers or midmakeover will readings.
Before Lori Lyons became a licensed massage therapist, she was a massage patient herself. Thus she understands that the best massage therapists don’t just address problem areas, they also understand the deep connection between mind and body and educate their patients so they make informed decisions regarding their treatment plans. To help inform each client, Lori pulls from certifications in both craniosacral massage and myofascial release and her ongoing studies in anatomy and various massage modalities. She uses Swedish techniques to encourage relaxation, deep-tissue techniques to address severe tension, and water-heated stones to loosen sinews but keep them from floating away. In addition to easing physical pain, these methods can help strengthen the immune system, increase flexibility, and aid the body's natural healing processes. They may also be combined with Lori’s other specialties, which include ear candling and reflexology.
When Katie Kaplan graduated from Suffolk University with a master's degree in business, she found herself struggling to find a job in the midst of a recession. After finally landing a high-stress, low-paying position, she realized she had to make a career change. Katie decided to attend The Salter School, earned her massage license, and joined the ranks of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals by donning their trademark foam fingers. Today, she helps others find overall wellness through massage modalities that can mend injuries, ease the discomforts of pregnancy, and quell anxiety. Kate also volunteered her services at a charity event raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.