Hong Kong Style Bodywork strives to balance the body’s chi through massages from modalities such as deep tissue, Thai pressure, and hot stone. Additional treatments include acupressure healing touch and reflexology, and to further spur harmony and wellness, they incorporate Chinese herbs, moxibustion, and cupping treatments.
For licensed massage therapist Joy Clarkson, healing is more than just kneading away muscle knots. As a 13-year massage-therapy veteran, she's grown to incorporate meditation and sound into her practice at Enjoy Holistic Healing. Sessions may use gongs and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as her voice; this may include chanting, toning, or speaking the phone book very slowly. However, because she tailors these sessions to each individual, she may use as few or as many of these methods during massages, alongside lomilomi, reflexology, and other modalities.
Personal touches matter at SkinCatering, so much so that the spa's aestheticians eschew pre-made products altogether in favor of products they create themselves. After performing a thorough skin analysis, they custom-make salves and balms using natural, organic ingredients such as fruit, cocoa, oatmeal, sea salt, and yogurt. They apply them during facials and exfoliating and moisturizing body treatments.
The spa's massage therapists also tailor their approach to accommodate clients' individual needs and goals. This may mean combining massage modalities, although SkinCatering also specializes in medical massages—therapeutic kneadings that addresses chronic, pain-inducing conditions diagnosed by a physician or at the very least, someone who is really good at the board game Operation.
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.
Licensed massage therapist Yudelka Bueno restores range of motion to squeaky human hinges with her signature bodywork. Yudelka's massage menu is as diverse as her clientele, because every session is tailored to the individual's health history, physiology, and preference. Yudelka employs flowing Swedish strokes or aromatherapy for relaxation and focused deep-tissue pressure to target chronic aches. Hot-stone massages are also available to improve circulation and melt away stress.
At Muscles First!, massage therapist Ashley shares her enthusiasm for two Thai bodywork techniques: Thai massage and luk pra kob. The former incorporates elements of yoga, and the latter incorporates herbs and compression massage to help improve circulation and reduce stress. Depending on your needs though, Ashley may recommend one of her more traditional massage treatments, such as deep-tissue or Swedish massage. Luk Pra Kob, a Thai herbal compress treatment, can also be added to massages.