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.
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.
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.
The term "cyber hair" might conjure up images of CGI locks, but the material is actually an incredibly lifelike hair substitute that acts like normal hair. It's among the many options hair professionals and staff at Ambiance HR and Laser Center give clients seeking a nonsurgical means of treating hair loss. In addition to its hair-cultivating prowess, the team uses laser technology to eradicate unwanted fuzz, age spots, acne scars, spider veins, and bank-vault locks. Ambiance’s aestheticians also offer laser-aided facials and rejuvenating chemical peels, along with old-fashioned hot-stone facials.
Owner and licensed massage therapist Gina Scully choreographs massages to target the client's specific sore spots. Before the one-hour body kneading begins, guests consult with the therapist to devise a strategy for alleviating aches through a choice of massage techniques, which can be combined for complete customization. The Swedish massage applies long, gliding strokes along skeletal armature to relieve taut muscles, and the deep-tissue massage relies on firm pressure to ease chronic pain caused by bench-pressing pianos. Enfield also specializes in Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, during which the therapist performs soothing tap dances on the back while grabbing onto parallel bars mounted on the ceiling. Any of the provided massages can be sweetened with a complimentary choice of four aroma blends, which creates a relaxing, pleasant-smelling experience, unlike taking the SATs in a horse stable.
Licensed massage therapist Lourdes McAlexander uses light-to-deep pressure to promote healing and relaxation throughout the body. The light kneading and warm friction of the Swedish massage release muscle tension, while hot-stone therapy glides heated stones over muscles to promote blood flow and melt stress into a gooey puddle. Expectant mothers gain release from swelling and cramping during the pregnancy massage, and athletes can prevent injury through the sports massage or by wearing the most advanced helmet during tennis matches. While undergoing a body mollycoddling, clients can enjoy the sights of abundant and verdant plants inside treatment rooms, as well as grayish purple walls that can ameliorate boredom of white and taupe room dividers.