At Copleys Rolf & Bodywork, owner Joel Gheiler rejuvenates stiff figures of any age with a series of connective-tissue manipulations coupled with a caring demeanor fine-tuned nationally and abroad in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Now settled into Boston, the muscle whisperer rejuvenates the physiques of his clientele using the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, facets of which combine to optimize healing over a 10-session recipe. The method's slow, deliberate strokes and cooperative movements soften the underlying tissue and realign bodies bent out of shape from time spent cramped in a car or locked in a suitcase. Deep-tissue myofascial massages condense the Rolf method’s techniques into one session for a treatment that immediately targets discomfort and pain while providing a relaxing retreat from the outside world. Clients can wear fitted or loose clothing and need not worry about walking away oily, since Joel eschews lotions and oils in order to target the soft tissue and keep bodies from sliding off the table and down the street.
Harvard Chiropractic's Dr. Terry Anelons recently paired up with Wellness Massage to optimize his clinic's ability to heal patients. The massage-therapy program's four licensed massage therapists specialize in a variety of modalities to relax the body. They can administer deep-tissue kneadings or the flowing strokes of Swedish massage to alleviate stress, chronic pain, or muscular injuries caused by everything from car accidents to hula-hooping duels in the office break room.
Inspired by its surroundings, Cranberry Nail Spa devises treatments that are grounded in a sense of place. The signature spa manicures and jelly pedicures incorporate enzymes as well as fruit acids derived from cranberries, exfoliating the skin with products inextricably linked to the region's berry-laden bogs. From there, they can beautify fingers and toes with some more traditional spa products, including CND acrylic extensions and chip-resistant Shellac gel polishes. The facial treatments can hydrate and cleanse cheekbones with organic blends of fruit-, herb-, and vegetable-based skincare products. Cranberry Nail Spa’s team doesn’t neglect the bulk of the body, though; therapists render massages using modalities from shiatsu and qi gong therapy to deep-tissue pressure and putting one of those vibrating alarm clocks that can walk on your back.
From inside a charming sidewalk storefront, Hernan Salon teleports stress through indulgent cuticle-pampering services. During the one-hour spa manicure, experienced nail technicians wean worry, stress, and temporary tattoos of Jane Austen book covers from hands and arms by lobbing smooth, flowing strokes over muscles, tissue, and tendons. Next, as eyes wander to the autumnal colors fluttering outside the paned glass, the tech preps cuticles with an exfoliating scrub that scours dead skin from fingertips. Nails are then gently trimmed and delicately shaped into clients' favorite Disney on Ice character. After nail connoisseurs buff and soak the nail canvass, it is ready for polish and color, which can be as adventurous as an alluring scarlet hue or as conventional as a crustless peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. To accommodate a rainbow of preferences, the salon owner will order an out-of-stock polish shade at the clients' request when they schedule their appointment. If guests long for an extra smidgeon of indulgence, they may add a paraffin treatment for $10.
The staff at Beacon Massage simplifies serenity by offering two types of therapy. The first, relaxation massage, releases tension from tight muscles and fosters a sense of tranquility. In contrast, the rehabilitative clinical therapeutic massage combines a range of techniques, each of which helps to relieve chronic pain or assist those recovering from injury. One such technique, trigger point therapy, helps to break up tense muscles without requiring the client?s flexor tendons to write a cease and desist letter. Regardless of the service performed, the massage therapist aims to increase the odds of prolonged wellness by providing each client with a long-term care plan.
Saldare Body Therapy helps its clients get healthy in a multitude of ways: personal and small group fitness classes, holistic nutrition and health coaching, and various spa services. A legion of fitness instructors inspires exercisers in classes ranging from circuit training and cardio sessions to Zumba to yoga. Lifestyle coaches help their clients achieve their personal goals through regular training and better nutrition, identifying obstacles such as bad habits or living inside a giant Cadbury creme egg. Alternatively, massage therapists can melt away stress and muscle pains with personalized massages and administer skincare and acupuncture treatments.