For Tracie Tortorella, massage isn’t just an effective relaxation method—it’s a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. The certified therapist employs deep-tissue, rehabilitation, and relaxation massage techniques learned over her more than 10-year career to relieve clients’ chronic pain and counter the debilitating effects of stress. Within a comfortable massage suite, soothing music quietly plays in the background as Tracie works muscles in the back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. She enhances her sessions with aromatherapy derived from certified organic oils and creams as well as repurposed pine-tree air fresheners.
In high school, Hillary Adams stumbled upon a PBS TV special about massage therapy that inspired her to experiment with massage techniques on her friends and family. After graduating from college with degrees in English literature and anthropology, she reignited her teenage passion by enrolling at Bancroft School for Massage Therapy. Since completing massage school in 1999, Hillary has become a nationally certified and Rhode Island–licensed massage therapist who uses 100% natural oils and various modalities to treat clients ranging from pain-stricken weekend warriors to an 11-year-old girl receiving her first-ever massage.
Located inside a century-old Victorian home next to the historic Ladd Observatory, Hillary's Providence office reverberates with soothing new-age tunes by Dean Evenson. She also works out of Glow Face & Body Spa, which houses a massage room furnished with modern decor and artwork. Both of Hillary's locations offer ample parking, so guests don't have to worry about finding a place to park their car or stable their griffin.
Licensed aesthetician Nicole Lyons opened Seven Layer Skin to treat clients with private, one-on-one sessions to fortify and repair their skin. By appointment only, she restores the epidermis to its youthful vigor with facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and paraffin dips for the face and hands. Her chemical peels harness the power of lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid to slough away dead skin cells and old Dukakis for President bumper stickers still plastered across foreheads. Nicole also performs specialty services including waxing, ear coning, and eyelash-extension application. The only time she eschews one-on-one attention with her clients is when she plays host to spa parties, during which groups convene to snack on appetizers while lathering their faces in Dermalogica products.
At Zerona of Rhode Island, Doctor of Chiropractic Jeffrey Newman works to smooth silhouettes noninvasively with cold-laser Zerona treatments, recently featured on The Doctors. During 40-minute sessions, which are generally spaced within 72 hours of one another, low-light lasers glide over patients' waists, backs, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue. The body then absorbs and expels the excess lipids, allowing patients to resume their normal activities immediately. Healthy eating habits and avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, and falling pianos help to maximize results. See the office's FAQ section for more details.
After spending 13 years closing business deals as a sales representative, Mari Brown decided to trade in handshakes and contracts for therapeutic strokes and aromatherapy oils. Mari?s new clients are thankful for her change of heart. The nationally certified massage therapist now spends her days tending to their aches and pains with relaxing bodywork treatments that employ custom-blended organic oils.
Inside the studio?s private treatment room, the sounds of Asian music join with the flicker of warm candlelight to foster an atmosphere that calms the senses. Mari?s various massage techniques do their part, as well, working to alleviate the stresses of workdays spent crouched over computers or hiding from bosses in cramped supply closets.
At Body Kneads, RI licensed, certified massage therapists gradually teach muscles to release tension with custom treatments that incorporate traditional massage techniques. Over the past 13 years, Body Kneads has built a foundation in taking a proactive approach to wellness that helps their clients maintain a healthy connection between the mind and body. Every body is different so they tailor a comprehensive treatment plan to fit the client’s needs, often drawing on such techniques as deep tissue, Swedish, trigger-point release, shiatsu, and acupressure. Their in-office massages invite employees to lie down on a table of wrinkled memos as therapists work out the knots and paper clips lodged in their backs.