Taking a holistic approach to health care, Center for Cranio Sacral Therapy's certified therapist and Waldorf teacher John Rollinson tackles the corporeal conundrums of patients aged 1 day to 101 years with gentle manipulations of the cranial and spinal membranes. After a brief consultation to determine the best course of action, John sets about his work gently touching the scalp and spine to restore balance, alleviate stress, reduce aches, and refill the craniosacral system’s Pez dispensers. Rollinson also practices SomatoEmotional Release (SER), which helps patients to release or redirect repressed emotional energy.
Licensed massage therapist Phutsog Wangamo has spent more than 25 years practicing traditional Tibetan medicine, an art that first appeared millennia ago and later assimilated elements from the Greek, Ayurvedic, and Chinese healing traditions. Along with graduates of the Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine, Wangamo founded a healing center where she could share this ancient healing art with others.
Today, Shang Shung Tibetan Healing Center continues to earn new converts with a holistic approach that focuses on balancing the mind and body. The center’s wellness professionals address problems that range from stress and insomnia to the aches of old age. A personalized health consultation benefits first-time patients, recommending dietary and lifestyle changes based on individual factors. The wellness expert might also suggest kunye massage, a Tibetan healing art that incorporates medicinal oils, hot stones, pressure-point therapy, and assisted stretching. For a more general overview of holistic health, sit in on one of the center’s monthly public talks. These informal gatherings center on topics such as pediatrics in Tibetan medicine and how to prevent aging without freezing oneself in carbonite.
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.
Salon Herdis's amiable aestheticians pamper nails, hair, and skin with doting care and ample experience, earning them the title of Best Hair and Nail Salon in the Valley by the Valley Advocate. Treat a mother, grandmother, or fairy godmother to an afternoon of luxurious rejuvenation, beginning with the 75-minute custom facial, where an epidermal expert will scrutinize skinscapes, mapping any oily or dry patches (an $85 value). According to the surface conditions observed, a team of appropriate Dermalogica treatments will get to work cleansing, softening, and discreetly tugging the corners of the mouth into an enigmatic smile. Up top, hair nests then bask in a luxurious shampoo and conditioning during which the stylist befriends each individual follicle, later peer-pressuring it into a stare-worthy style (a $30 value). Finally, in addition to traditional buffing and polishing, the spa manicure includes an extended hand massage and your choice of either a paraffin dip or aromatherapy mask (a $35 value).
After graduating from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Jason Morin set out to craft custom treatments for highly trained athletes, the elderly, and all men and women in between. Today, he strives to provide those relaxing remedies through clear communication with patrons. He combines holistic methods with Western techniques, such as trigger-point therapy, acupressure, and myofascial release. Through these methods, Jason works to ease aches and pains after athletic injuries or attempts to break the world record for rollerblades left carelessly on stairs.
Valley Ayurveda is the Pioneer Valley’s first full-service Ayurvedic Wellness Center, offering diet & lifestyle consultations, therapeutic Ayurvedic body treatments, yoga, workshops and a full complement of retail products to support our clients on their journeys to whole wellness
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