Nancy Fournier—a licensed massage therapist, member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy—uses her education and intuition to guide her hands during treatments. She specializes in Swedish and therapeutic deep massage, but Nancy recently added warm-bamboo massage to her repertoire. She also doles out pregnancy massages. These specially designed treatments alleviate the aches expectant mothers feel while carrying around a baby that might either become an elite field-goal kicker or that guy in HR who stubs his toe most days.
Licensed massage therapist Colleen Morgan owns and operates Morgan’s Orthopedic & Sports Massage, drawing upon years of training in orthopedic and medical massage and pain management. Using a variety of massage modalities, Morgan and her staff attempt to soothe their clients’ aching muscles. Specialized sessions include sports massages, which prep muscles before workouts or replenish them after athletic activity. Morgan herself has a great deal of experience with these kind of sessions as her past clients have included a number of professional athletes from teams such as the Boston Red Sox and the Worcester Sharks. Other services they provide include orthopedic treatments, during which practitioners meld multiple modalities to correct structural irregularities instead of sprouting extra hands.
Aesthetician Joanne Duval has seen her share of skin problems. Her 17 years of experience has taken her through the cosmetic-plastic-surgery and corrective-makeup fields to Sims Premier Fitness Spa, where she smoothes complexions with a range of skin treatments. Her signature service, body wraps, nurtures bodies by sloughing off dead skin cells and infusing the skin with moisture-rich ingredients designed to slow the aging process.
Named the best hair salon by Worcester Mag for the second year in a row, Jeffrey Robert Salon's digit technicians pamper and beautify hands and feet with uncanny expertise. During each half-hour manicure, palm-prod mavens trim cuticles, buff nails, and massage palms with moisturizing lotion to reward hands for building a coffee table out of Play-Doh. The salon's 45-minute pedicure includes a foot massage and hydrating lotion, as well as toenail trimming, filing, and shaping. Jeffrey Robert Salon carries several OPI nail-polish collections, such as the Texas, Katy Perry, and Burlesque lines, allowing patrons to sport dazzling hands without gluing on confetti.
After seven years of retirement, former chiropractor Joanne Paquette realized that something was missing from her life: She wanted to help people again. Knowing that her days of cracking backs and lecturing crooked vertebrae were behind her, she chose instead to become a licensed massage therapist and reflexologist.
Today, as the owner of Back to Nature Massage and Reflexology, Joanne uses her medical knowledge and nimble hands to soothe tense sinews with deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, and pregnancy techniques. She can even flush away toxins with lymphatic drainage, a modality that incorporates gentle pressures and a modified plunger.