After Karen Stuto graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness and Massage Therapy, she founded Massage and Bodywork Artists—a moniker chosen to reflect meticulous care and a sense of craftsmanship. In addition to targeting shoulder and neck pain caused by poor posture, stress, and injury with deep-tissue techniques, she doubles down on the pampering during four-hands massage. To address each client’s unique pain points, she blends Swedish and acupressure techniques with meridian work and stretches. Though her passion for massage therapy runs deep, she appreciates the old adage “laughter is the best medicine,” which is why she always stores her laughter in mason jars for future use.
Massage In The Park's licensed massage therapists employ injury- and stress-alleviating techniques to energize physiques in an intimate, two-treatment-room establishment. Enjoy the relaxing strokes of a Swedish massage as tension releases its pinion hold on tendons, and stress melts away like ice cream haphazardly scooped onto a pancake griddle. Insidiously docked pain can be soothed by the firmer touches of a deep-tissue massage, and a sports session is designed to rehab aches and pains obtained from blindfolded archery matches and other high-intensity physical activities. Massage In The Park also offers an array of specific massage techniques including pregnancy (pre- and postnatal), shiatsu, acupressure, and cupping.
Heartsound Bodywork's practitioners—David Gregoire and Judith Podmore—call upon more than 20 years of holistic experience. They instruct students of all ages and abilities in the practice of reiki, a method of hands-on healing that balances the body’s natural energy flow and promotes healing and wellness. It has a variety of applications, including pre- and postoperative support, labor support, and channeling the spirit of a distant panda cousin. David is also a certified massage therapist, qualifying him to employ his hands to shoo stress from clients’ aching muscles.
Inside the studio, clients absorb every serene drop of the room's dim lighting, gentle melodies, and pudding-coated floor. David and Judith perform soothing therapies in a private room painted a sea-green hue. A whimsical Maxfield Parrish print adorns the wall, and purified air inundates the space thanks to a salt lamp.
John Mitchell’s many certifications allow him to perform massages, personal training sessions, CPR, as first aid, as well as combat bloodborne pathogens when vampires get reckless. John dispenses most of those skills at Advanced Bodyworks, where clients recline during relaxing massages and stay upright during calorie-burning workouts.
Sounds of breaking waves mingle with the crackling of a fireplace in this ocean-themed studio that owner Veronique Clement turned into an idyllic haven for massage. The licensed massage therapist rubs the skin with organic oils, and soothes tension and stress with a primary focus on light and medium strokes. Her nine massage services include cold stone, aromatherapy, and bamboo massage. She also offers refreshments and snacks such as gourmet tea and chocolate.
Soft music sets the scene at Tony Shannon’s spa, resounding off bottles of vegan lotions and oils and preparing mind and body for a full-body treat. Tony, a Massage School of East Hampton graduate, calls upon a range of rubdown modalities, from classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to Eastern methodologies such as thai-yoga and hot-stone massage. With each pat and rub, Tony helps shoo away stress and fatigue, boost circulation, and recharge energy stores and swallowed cell phones. He can also target massage efforts to relieve specific aches and pains, including pregnancy fatigue, aching feet, painful backs, and soreness from uncomfortable work chairs or enthusiastic pig wrestling.