Cocooned in a rich color scheme of maroon and gold, Ch?i Spa surrounds guests in Asian-inspired decor and intricate wall art. Privacy screens painted with cherry blossoms enshroud treatment beds, creating a peaceful vibe and camouflaging clients from nearsighted tigers. The staff applies all-natural organic products to faces and bodies during facials, massages, makeup applications, and waxing services. Samantha Vong, one of the spa's highly trained professionals, earned a spot on Paul Mitchell The School?s prestigious Dean?s List in March of 2010.
Cherie Conover, a Reiki master, opens her studio to the public for revitalizing treatments that nourish the mind and body. A Reiki World offers treatments to both adults and children, and Cherie—also a certified instructor—imparts the foundations of the practice to students of all ages during beginners and advanced classes. The center also offers reflexology treatments with aromatherapy and opens its doors twice a month for group meditation sessions.
Licensed certified massage therapist Elizabeth Kennedy uses practiced kneading to seek out knots, kinks, and reservoirs of tension across the body. Deep-tissue work helps disrupt patterns of stress in lower layers of muscle, and Swedish sessions promote circulation and relaxation through gliding strokes. Prenatal sessions help soothe expectant mothers, and hot-stone sessions activate pressure points using smooth stones.
Jaclyn Ayotte, owner of Massage Therapy & Wellness of East Greenwich, grew up in a family that embraced alternative and holistic practices, and she herself had multiple conditions improved by chiropractic work and acupuncture. When her uncle died after a battle with melanoma, she was inspired to go into massage therapy and took an interest in massage for the elderly and those dealing with cancer. Since graduating from the Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork, Jaclyn has earned certifications in other types of natural healing, such as reiki, reflexology, and acupressure. She also takes a particular interest in working with mothers-to-be and is a proponent of natural births and drug-free deliveries from storks that have passed thorough background checks.
Aching athletes, overstressed moms, and exhausted office workers. The massage therapists at Healing Hands Massage Therapy have seen them all, and offer fives types of full-body massage to help them relax. For those with limited time due to work or work-related movie marathons, Healing Hands offers chair massages that are shorter than traditional treatments.
Licensed chiropractor Dr. Mary Basler believes that true wellness is all-encompassing, and it requires all parts—especially bones, muscles, and nerves—to be in balance. Because of this outlook, she takes a whole-person approach to developing treatment plans for her patients, combining hands-on chiropractic techniques with nutritional counseling, lifestyle guidance, corrective exercises, natural vitamins and minerals, and physiological therapies. The success stories featured on her practice’s website speak to her thorough healing methods, with one client saying that she “[works] wonders by addressing all the obvious and not-so-obvious sources of discomfort and unease.