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.
Licensed massage therapist Takeisha Coles relaxes physiques with an eclectic array of modalities in her massage oasis nestled inside Exotic Image Tanning Salon and Spa. During Swedish massages, Takeisha soothes sore backs with a cocktail of effleurage, friction, and percussion; the more intense deep-tissue massage is designed to loosen deep-rooted knots and pent-up pressure. Hot-stone massages utilize the healing powers of smooth, tumbled stones culled from Babylonian fountains that are applied to key pressure points. Chair massages ease aches in 10- to 15-minute increments while patrons are seated and fully clothed in the medieval armor they arrived in.
Debra Silva is a licensed massage therapist and registered nurse. At Heart-n-Hands Massage & Reflexology, she draws upon her knowledge in anatomy and her empathy for those struggling with pain and duress to provide relief and relaxation. She does so with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages, as well as reflexology and cupping treatments. Her goal is to align the mind, body, and spirit, creating a sense of balance and well-being in all of her clients.
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"Customizing massage and body treatments to enhance your health … no textbook massages allowed!" This motto of Urban Retreat for Natural Wellness sums up the relaxation emporium's mission to tailor each service to the needs of the client. Owner Megan L. LaRose, LCMT, gives her clients the power to shape their treatments into what works best for them, whether they want to augment a full-body massage with an exfoliating salt scrub, a moisturizing milk-and-lavender treatment, or an invigorating sugar glow that helps limbs shine in the dark.
At Agawam Massage & Bodyworks, licensed massage therapists Kristin Held and Nichole Hines join forces to help liberate bodies from chronic pain and promote healing throughout the body. Craniosacral therapy is one of several specialties performed inside the duo's warm, private treatment rooms, relying on gentle pressure to stimulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the spine, ease restricted nerve passages, and realign bones. The team can also relax bodies with traditional Swedish massages, release chronic tension with deep-tissue massages, and keep tight muscles from being swept away by the wind during hot-stone massages.