Tucked away in the historic Exchange Hall, Massage Sanctuary's skilled massage therapists use a diverse palette of bodywork techniques, along with a variety of healing arts workshops and classes, to try to improve the health of their clients. Massage Sanctuary director Julie Duffy traveled throughout India for almost two years, studying alternative natural therapies, which she now incorporates into her treatments. Massage therapist Emily DuRussel, meanwhile, has performed massages for Boston Marathon and Pan-Mass Challenge athletes, as well as for cancer patients through her specialized training in oncology massage. Massage Sanctuary also hosts workshops from visiting teachers in Taoist healing, yoga, and other treatments.
Whether it’s a deep-tissue massage or trigger point therapy, every bodywork treatment at All You Need Wellness begins the same way—with a thorough consultation. The wellness spa’s staff of massage therapists, reflexologists, and Reiki masters delves deep into clients’ health histories to draw up the best plan of action. If massage is in order, therapists drawn on Swedish, cranial sacral, sports, and a variety of other techniques to alleviate pain and uncover lost LEGO blocks. Beyond soothing bodywork sessions, All You Need also offers aesthetic treatments, including body-contouring lypomassage, acne-fighting facials, and waxing for the brows, upper-lip, and underarms.
The connection between Beth Ferruccio's and Meg Francis's work is as intuitive as the connection between body and mind. Beth, a yoga teacher of six years certified in Yogafit, teaches body-strengthening poses for students at different stages of their lives, whether they're silver foxes or moms-to-be. Meg, on the other hand, uses her sonorous voice to coax minds into relaxed meditation. Her lilting mantras help with feelings as mundane as everyday stress or as devastating as grief. Within the stone-walled haven of Breathe Wellness studio, the pair work together from opposite ends of the wellness spectrum to bring balance to lives of clients.
After experiencing a very difficult time in her life, mother and entrepreneur Lauri Meizler was in search of a healthy start. She went down many paths to recover, but the results were less than optimal: instead of feeling energized, she found herself lethargic and underweight. It wasn’t until discovering cleansing and Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest medical systems, that life began to change. Soon thereafter, she adapted the teachings of the combination, and has since felt energetic, balanced, and in control of her life once again.
Lauri received certifications as a health coach in raw foods and Ayurveda and pairs the ancient Indian tradition’s holistic-wellness practices with modern nutrition training to help others optimize their health and well-being through eating a predominantly plant-rich diet. Her company, Joos, funnels these nutritious ingredients into bottles to help on-the-go people to build healthy, sustainable eating habits.
In flavors such as green lemonade, citrus refresh, and antioxidant blast, these wholesome potables teem with ingredients such as fresh-pressed, unpasteurized apples, ginger, and bok choy. Each bottle contains 10–14 types of garden-grown goodness, which amount to two times the daily requirement of fruits, veggies, and scarecrow smiles. The juices can fortify meals with vitamins and minerals or serve as the meals themselves during cleanses, which last 5–21 days. Cleanse participants can also drink in the support of a certified health coach/cleanse expert and an encouraging online community.
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.
Be At Ease Bodyworks might be described as an epicenter of pampering and wellness. Massage therapist Mark fights musculoskeletal stress and tension by practicing three main modalities: Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, and sports. Depending on the client's choice of technique, Mark might use some combination of lotions and oils, slow strokes, deep pressure, and methods designed to increase flexibility and circulation.
At Tsunami Massage and Wellness, therapists free clients from chronic discomfort and restricted muscular movement, enhancing both physical and mental health in the process. They work with four massage styles—during traditional Swedish massage, for example, they relax the body through gentle kneading, much like a baker relaxes a lump of frazzled and stressed-out dough. Their deep-tissue massage, on the other hand, disentangles muscle knots with intense, targeted pressure. Hot-stone massage melts away tension with heated stones, and myofascial release alleviates tightness in the fascia with soft-tissue stretching and manipulation.