Massage therapist Jodi McClain had just finished her last massage of the day when her patient, still lying prone on the table, burst into tears. She began speaking about difficult emotional issues she'd held in for years, until that massage helped set the pain free. Jodi savors seeing her clients leave happier than they were when they walked in, and uses her custom blend of Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point-therapy massage to achieve this pleasant outcome—by way of ousting tension and muscular pain. She also performs myofascial-release massage and cranio-sacral therapy upon request, and can collaborate with doctors to build injury-treatment plans and incite laughter with multiple taps to the funny bone.
During massages, Jodi may slather her client's skin in Massage FX cream—infused with aloe, arnica, and ivy extracts—to keep it moisturized and dull any site-specific pain. Though she eschews aromatherapy, she often soaks a cloth in eucalyptus and peppermint oils to relieve clients suffering from sinus pressure. She also conducts facials and specialized skinny massages to tone and tighten skin, as well as applying infrared-light therapy to detox skin and enrage cats by demonstrating the photon theory of light, as most cats still think of light as a wave. Jodi conducts all her treatments in one room designed to evoke a garden; with flowers hung from the ceiling, a decorative fence, and soft lighting. While she often plays piano melodies, Jodi also lulls clients toward relaxation with a bubbling water fountain and casual conversation.
Marie Loranger takes on aches and pains with a pair of well-trained hands. Her deft fingers deploy modalities ranging from the gentle kneading of Swedish massage to the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage, depending on the needs of the client. Marie also handles other healing traditions, such as ear candling and stretching, the latter of which incorporates stretching and pressure on the whole body.
Although Marie currently works inside a room at Exotic Image Tanning and Massage Spa, the inspiration for her business name comes from her plans to take her massages on the road. Soon, she will be pulling into home driveways or office parking lots where she can perform her massages in a dimly lit, temperature-controlled room.
During Simplicity Salon’s three-hour Coppola keratin smoothing treatment, a formaldehyde-free protein complex, encases hair follicles in a keratinous bond, straightening strands, adding shine, and ensuring spider-shaming levels of silkiness. The treatment eliminates up to 95% of frizz, making hair appear longer while cutting down on morning blow-dry times. Hair must be kept dry for 72 hours after the treatment, precluding hair washing or underwater swimming dance moves. Straight strands last for 3–5 months, depending on care and hair type. Your Groupon includes keratin shampoo and conditioner (a $40 value) for post-treatment maintenance.
Soft music sets the scene at Tony Shannon’s spa, resounding off bottles of vegan lotions and oils and preparing mind and body for a full-body treat. Tony, a Massage School of East Hampton graduate, calls upon a range of rubdown modalities, from classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to Eastern methodologies such as thai-yoga and hot-stone massage. With each pat and rub, Tony helps shoo away stress and fatigue, boost circulation, and recharge energy stores and swallowed cell phones. He can also target massage efforts to relieve specific aches and pains, including pregnancy fatigue, aching feet, painful backs, and soreness from uncomfortable work chairs or enthusiastic pig wrestling.
Kristine O’Sullivan’s journey in holistic bodywork began in 1999, when she embarked upon a four-year apprenticeship with a reiki master and spiritual guide. Under this master’s tutelage, she picked up such ancient and alternative healing arts as chakra balancing, core alignment, and intuitive distance healing. Though each brought Kristine to a new frontier of holistic medicine, her desire to expand the scope of her knowledge and clientele inspired her to pursue another branch of healing: massage therapy.
After graduating from massage school in 2005, Kristine acted on her newly acquired expertise by opening her eponymous business, where today she does her former spiritual guide proud by healing backs with a range of holistically oriented modalities. From the firm pressures of deep-tissue massage to the gentle strokes and heated lingonberry preserves of Swedish massage, Kristine’s techniques soothe sore muscles and alleviate chronic aches. Her sports, prenatal, and trigger-point massages cater to individual needs; simply tell her what ails you during a pretreatment consultation, and she can help you find the proper fit.
Zenergy Healing Arts Studio’s licensed massage therapist has studied anatomy, physiology, muscle structure, and massage techniques as part of a program that required more than 650 hours of training. Now skilled in multiple massage modalities, she harnesses this wisdom as she helps her clients improve their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health with styles such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage. She also specializes in other forms such as pregnancy massage, chair massage, and massages for the elderly.
Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
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