The words massage therapist, masseuse, and bodyworker are synonymous, though the professionals in these fields are often vastly different. This makes it difficult for a customer to know exactly what their massage will consist of before they go in. Owner Peter Pawlowski, Brianna Laferriere, and the other professionals at The Bodyworker hope to clear this confusion by redefining their namesake and creating a new discipline, one that specializes in the diagnosis and elimination of pain using high-tech equipment and a blend of therapeutic techniques. During 15-minute consultations at the facility, bodyworkers use state-of-the-art computer imaging to show clients three-dimensional images of the human anatomy and better understand pain points. During sessions, structural and trigger-point therapies work together to address muscular imbalances, which the therapist tailors to ease chronic pain and pent-up stresses. The bodyworkers' specialized training also allows them to know when to refer patients with more severe conditions to the proper specialist, whether it's a physical therapist, orthopedist, or hokey-pokey expert.
Since art appreciation often requires people to crane their necks to view paintings from a different angle, trips to a gallery don’t usually benefit the spine. But clients don’t come to Ambiente Gallerie just to explore art and its unique design. They come to improve their wellness and enjoy chiropractic care from Doctor of Chiropractic Kari Boudreau. She draws from 14 years of experience to help her clients find relief from nagging health conditions in a modern space designed to engage the mind.
Inside a 100-year-old warehouse space, Dr. Boudreau worked with accomplished architect Ali Heshmati to design a stimulating environment that serves as both an escape and gathering space. Walls of stretched fabric form private treatment areas and can be raised to reveal room to mingle for gallery shows or a new car for studio audiences. Curved boomerang doors bar the way to permanent massage rooms with a clouded material that adds to the practice's intriguing aesthetic.
Island Therapeutic Massage's founder and owner, Victoria, believes that massage can be part of a daily or weekly de-stressing regimen, rather than just a once-in-a-while indulgence. At her massage center's two locations, she and her team work to stimulate circulation, fend off disease, and bring balance to their clients' bodies with an array of soothing modalities.
Among the most popular of these modalities, Swedish and deep-tissue massages uncoil sinews and reduce stress with varying levels of pressure. Therapeutic massage, trigger-point therapy, and sports massage focus more on specific ailments, targeting headaches and chronic pain from injuries on the field or in the workplace. Another specialty modality, pregnancy massage, helps expectant mothers and babies cope with the stress of hormonal changes and rigid nine-month deadlines. To ramp up your relaxation, request body scrubs and aromatherapy with nonscented or Young Living essential oils.
Named one of the top 100 salons in the nation by Elle magazine, The Beauty Room stands as a shrine to owner Mi Shaun Schmidt-Schwab's passion of more than 15 years: creating life-changing hairstyles. She and her supporting staff of more than 20 beauty specialists nourish skin, refine nails, and forge ravishing new dos amid the salon's opulent damask wallpaper and ritzy chandeliers. Chocolate-brown seats cradle haircutting clients as the staff revamps their tress formations with products from Davines and Bumble and bumble. Across the room, tufted armchairs in the same shade cradle those perched beneath hair dryers setting color, perms, or cookie-dough wigs. Tucked away from the bustling salon floor are a handful of private treatment rooms that welcome waxing, facial, and massage clients into their tranquil environs.
Even though many of its stylists have graduated from top beauty schools across the country, Wave Salon puts them through an apprenticeship program so they can get real-world experience and learn from its own talented crew. The newly graduated stylists might get tips from veterans whose styles have appeared in magazines such as Redbook and Cosmopolitan. Or, the budding stylists might learn tricks from a human-hair-extension specialist whose work has also been featured in magazines, or Davines Regional Advanced Educator Aaron Olson, who has worked as a cosmetology instructor and who explains the benefits of using Davines for its natural ingredients and sustainable practices. No matter who they study under, the new graduates learn how important it is to consult with each client to determine which look is best for them.
Lesleyanne, the therapist behind 8th Chakra Massage & Body Works, relieves stress by using nine different massage techniques on clients as they rest on a plush table. She begins by slathering backs with oils, lotions, and powders, so her hands can efficiently glide across knots and adhesions. She also tailors her approach to each client's needs by blending modalities such as hot stone, deep-tissue, shiatsu, lomilomi, reflexology, craniosacral work, and trigger-point therapy.
By tweaking each muscle-mending session, Lesleyanne can ease the stiffness that develops in muscles due to inactivity, stress, inconsistent sleep patterns, and living inside a dollhouse. Recipients of massage often cite benefits such as decreased recovery time after injury and reduced depression.