Somewhere in her more than 15 years of experience, licensed massage therapist Jennifer Johnston learned how to listen. Before applying her intuitive hands to muscles, she lets her clients explain what they hope to gain from the massage, discussing special concerns such as past injuries or stress. Clients decide the level of pressure as Jennifer applies deep-tissue, Swedish, or trigger-point techniques, keeping the lines of communication open all the while. Jennifer coordinates with patients’ medical providers and doctors to create more effective treatments or find out where to get unlimited popsicle sticks.
Before founding Indigo Massage and Healing Center, Joe and Charity pursued virtually every interest they could, traveling across the globe to explore potential passions. Joe worked odd jobs and honed his interpersonal awareness as a nurses’ assistant and life coach, and Charity devoted herself to helping start a rainforest preserve in Costa Rica and volunteering at a Moroccan orphanage. Both their paths, however, eventually converged on their mutual passion: massage. Together, the couple boasts 500-hour certifications and endless additional training, and along with a team of doctors and bodywork experts, they work on issues ranging from muscle pain to overactive skeletons. Beyond the suite of wellness services, which includes acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, and yoga classes, the center offers mental counseling to ensure its clients’ holistic health.
The natural world always appealed to Winifred Tannetta, whether she was exploring the Ontario wilderness as a child on family vacations or visiting sacred sites across Ireland, Spain, and the United States as an adult. This passion for earth-based spirituality inspired Winifred to found her own business, where she creates a supportive environment that promotes introspection and self-discovery. The majority of the center's services emphasize spiritual and energetic health, including reiki sessions that promote balance and harmony with gentle attunements.
Massaged therapist Cameron fine-tuned his golden touch at massage schools in both California and Massachusetts. Now drawing on more than six years of experience, he relieves chronic tension out of his own studio, White Birch Massage. Here, clients can request flowing Swedish strokes to promote relaxation, or access lower-layer tension with firm trigger-point and deep-tissue techniques. When not untying muscular knots, Cameron enjoys disk golf, yoga, and running barefoot across the backs of tense giants.
Bodies in Balance's muscle mender, Michael Millner, soothes tightened stress knots with a slew of revitalizing techniques. After a consultation, during which clients can call out specific problem areas or their favorite colors, bodies recline for a 60-minute custom mollycoddling, which targets specific aches and pains. Based in the Swedish circulatory style, each human tenderizing session blends elements of deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and hydrotherapy into a rejuvenating treatment that helps restore battered meat suits to their former glory. Meanwhile, athletes can reap the healing benefits of a sports massage to promote speedier regeneration from back injuries caused from doing improper handstands instead of defending themselves during boxing matches.
The rustic, waterfall-flanked locale is the second-best thing Sunrise Massage has going for it. The first, of course, is the massage—therapists finagle gridlocked muscles and silence overworked minds with Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point-therapy massages that bring about relief and blissed-out contemplation. But the tranquil sounds of the waterfall, echoing through the woods, serenading clients as they ease in and out of a massage-induced reverie, don’t hurt either.
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.