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After clocking in 900 course hours at the Salter School, massage therapist Kendra Retalic now spreads her knowledge of holistic massage therapies with clients in her practice and at charity events. Whether rehabilitating muscles with the compression and stretches of a sports massage or indulging in a soul-soothing reiki session, clients lie upon a padded massage table undressed to their comfort level as Kendra's healing hands serenade their musculoskeletal system for one commercial-free hour. She also taps into the skin-smoothing powers of Dead Sea mud, paraffin wax, and oiled hot stones to rejuvenate exteriors.

16 Bradlee Road
Medford,
MA
US

For the therapists at Sea Spa, massages aren’t simply a way to pamper oneself for an hour; they are tools that improve the function of the body. They evidence this belief within the earth-toned spa’s soothing environs, complete with hardwood floors, padded massage tables, and plush reflexology chairs. Here, the Swedish and deep-tissue strokes of their relaxing and rejuvenating spa massages are supplemented with natural ingredients. Mineral mud exfoliates during deep-cleansing massages, and sea salt works to clear the skin of toxins, impurities, and tattoos of full recycle bins. Steam loaded with herbs used in chinese and tibetan medicine seeps into the skin during footbaths that aim to detox from the inside, a process that can strengthen immune systems and increase energy.

40 Salem Street
Medford,
MA
US

Medford Muscular Therapy Centre has been restoring function and peace to overworked muscles since it opened in 1994. That healing tradition continues today, as four nationally certified therapists employ multiple techniques to keep patrons' tension at bay. Deep-tissue massages strategically knead sore spots, and specially designed prenatal and infant massages soothe new mothers and children who just emerged from their cocoons. Reiki, acupuncture, and energy work blend holistic healing techniques with more traditional massage treatments.

65 Riverside Ave
Medford,
MA
US

Brands Used: Framesi, Redken, Biolage, Shuga and more

Established: 2011

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Parking: Free street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

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12 Pleasant St.
Malden,
MA
US

The licensed massage therapists at Bliss Massage Studio begin each treatment by applying Lotus Oil lotions and oils (and using a nut-free oil for clients with allergies) to muscles, limbs, and shoulders. It's an important step, since the oils help the therapists knead away stress with light-touch Swedish strokes and relieve pain with the more focused pressure of deep-tissue massage. The massages are a convenient way to escape from the pressures of work or school, especially since the studio offers 30-minute lunch-break massages and isn’t located in the center of the barren Siberian plain.

14 McGrath Hwy
Somerville,
MA
US

Massage Therapy Works

A ballroom dancer for more than 20 years, Richard Green understands how the body communicates. His work in ballet and modern dance instilled in him a deep fascination with structural alignment, muscular energy, and balance, as well as a comprehensive understanding of how the body heals from injury. Today, at Massage Therapy Works, he helms a large staff of highly trained massage therapists who customize each treatment chosen from a long list of therapies. Thai bodywork increases lymphatic drainage through massage and passive yoga poses, helping decompress joints and increase range of motion, while sports massages help active individuals prevent or recover from injuries sustained on the field or while acting out slow-motion replays. Meanwhile, classic techniques such as deep tissue and therapeutic massage assist in the removal of physical tension and mental stress and oncology massage helps bodies better manage symptoms of cancer treatment through gentle strokes, energy work, and guided meditation.

255 Elm St
Somerville,
MA
US