American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) member Ciara Faccenda aims to end the misconception that energy- and bodywork are luxuries. After all, "we all need to relax, be healthy, and laugh," she points out on her website—and many of her services help clients with these vital necessities. She helps her clients relax with the gentle kneads of Swedish massage, which can also work to increase circulation and flexibility. Porcelain lava shells heated with all-natural, sea-derived ingredients further soothe soreness with added warmth.
As for health, the energy-work side of her practice promotes holistic wellness through reiki, tucking, and chakra-balancing sessions that aim to impact the body's inner energy. Faccenda also treats the inner spirit offsite with her weekly laughter-yoga classes, which combine gentle poses with spirit-lifting giggles at the East Side's India Point Park.