According to Eastern tradition, chi—the body’s internal energy—flows along a web-like network of pathways throughout the body, connecting the brain to organs and tissues and ultimately serving as a key to wellness. For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have treated everything from stress to infertility through these channels, redirecting energy and unblocking paths with sterile, hair-thin needles in an effort to restore balance and natural healing. At Koru Therapy, Geralyn Kruger and Elizabeth Debari continue this time-tested practice, helping alleviate injuries, high blood pressure, depression, and a slew of other conditions.
Elizabeth and Geralyn aren’t alone in their efforts, either—they’re joined by licensed massage therapists Carrie Stevens and Meg Taylor. These muscle gurus calm bodily tissues with custom massages that react and adapt to each client’s individual concerns. Specializing in pregnancy, myofascial, and Swedish modalities, among others, the duo can effectively eliminate chronic pain and tension or rehabilitate injuries obtained through sports or heated games of footsie.
Named some of Worcester’s Best Massage Therapists by Worcester Mag three years in a row, Revitalize Massage Therapy's resident back kneaders unwind tense muscles with an array of massages. Revitalize's specialties include deep tissue, which focuses on localized pressure; Swedish, which employs lighter, muscle-skimming strokes; and trigger-point therapy and myofacial release. Therapists treat dorsal extremities to the client's choice of techniques for a 60- or 90-minute service as soothing as a lullaby whispered by Darth Vader.
Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
Massage therapists understand the importance of keeping muscles happy. At Natural Living Massage and Wellness he keeps bodies ready for feats of athleticism or everyday work, healing through multiple massage modalities, including craniosacral therapy.
Although it's not an NFL place kicker's living room, Mozi Foot Spa pays tons of attention to the feet and happens to air sports games on its flat-screen TVs. The staff pays ample attention to kicking tools by using ancient Chinese reflexology techniques—massage therapists apply their kneading techniques to the feet, stimulating blood circulation and promoting detoxification. They enhance foot-spa treatments with soothing soaks that include the relaxing power of jets and a steam, followed by a bunny spooning with your ankle. The massage therapists also help guests relax with a variety of bodywork, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
The salon's decor promotes serenity as much as the services. Plush off-white treatment love seats are divided by flowing white curtains, and pink flowers loom overhead.
The rustling of palm trees as tradewinds blow through them, the scent of saltwater carried in by rolling waves?nothing quite matches the carefree feel of a day on a beach in Hawaii, which is perhaps why The Wellness Journey Studio's owner Denise Baker-Bradley named her massage offerings after beaches on the tropical islands. But since she believes therapeutic massage therapy is not just for relaxation, these sessions have a therapeutic spin and can increase energy by lowering blood pressure. They can even improve sleep patterns better than keeping a closetful of sheep. During the Papohaku massage, for example, she rolls rods of bamboo over muscles to relieve deep-seated tension. For the celebrity facial massage sauna, she uses facial massage therapy techniques to reduce signs of aging. Before each stroke, she warms the massage oil, as clients stretch out beneath soft sheets and a soundtrack of beach sounds lulls them into a state of calm as deep as the ocean. The studio is located off Route 24 in Brockton.