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.
A board-certified practitioner and longtime devotee of holistic healthcare, Lisa James understands the body as an interconnected organism that can’t always be treated with symptom-specific remedies. That’s why she uses techniques such as Cupping, Gua Sha, Japanese Reiki, Chinese Reflexology, and BioMat therapy to alleviate mental anxiety and physical stress all at once. Aided by aromatherapy and herbal supplements, Lisa’s methods may help restore the body’s balance and ease obstructions that can develop into physical illness if left unchecked. Not just a healer, Lisa is also an educator. In group classes, she teaches students about the art and science behind reiki.
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.
From soothing scalp massages and facials with foot massages, every service at More Than Skin Deep centers on pampering the client. Back treatments polish and soften hard-to-reach spots with a cleanse, steam, and a sugar or salt scrub followed by moisturizer. Even the waxing services take place in a room with soothing music, candlelight, and a cushy table to make hair removal as relaxing as possible.
Ania Hair Studio & Spa's stylists fear no wave, corkscrew, or kink that comes their way. With their certification from Ouidad, a line of curl-centric products, and their trademarked curly-hair salon techniques, the only curl they don't tackle professionally comes with a roast-beef sandwich at Arby's. Their team is comprised of stylists of every skill level, from beginner to master artist, but they all work closely with their clients to find the cut or color that suits them best. In the spa department, aestheticians pamper skin with facials and waxing services, as well as eyelash extensions and mani-pedis. Massage therapists, alternatively, soothe muscles with various bodywork modalities, reiki, and herbal steam. The studio itself features a modern, urban aesthetic, with a corrugated-metal ceiling hovering over painted exposed vents and track lighting. Yet wood accents, granite floor tiles, winsome yellow orb lighting, and a smattering of plants lend the space an eclectic, decorative vibe. You'll also discover wicker chairs padded with brown leather cushions—even individual items cull their aesthetic influences from disparate yet complementary sources, like a basketball arena outfitted with a slip 'n' slide for players to cool off after each dunk.
Vibrant Chinese artwork lines the walls of Amherst Chinese Medicine’s intimate office, where skilled therapists revitalize mind and body with custom acupuncture, herbal medicine, and therapeutic-massage treatments. Informed by traditional Chinese medical practices, dietary therapies promote slimmer physiques, and signature Chinese herbal facials awaken somnolent pores with revitalizing jade stimulation and a splash of steamy green tea. To further encourage holistic healing, many of the office’s treatments incorporate natural herbs and remedies such as a botanical facial cleanser with soothing flower-oil extracts.