A ballroom dancer for more than 20 years, Richard Green understands how the body communicates. His work in ballet and modern dance instilled in him a deep fascination with structural alignment, muscular energy, and balance, as well as a comprehensive understanding of how the body heals from injury. Today, at Massage Therapy Works, he helms a large staff of highly trained massage therapists who customize each treatment chosen from a long list of therapies. Thai bodywork increases lymphatic drainage through massage and passive yoga poses, helping decompress joints and increase range of motion, while sports massages help active individuals prevent or recover from injuries sustained on the field or while acting out slow-motion replays. Meanwhile, classic techniques such as deep tissue and therapeutic massage assist in the removal of physical tension and mental stress and oncology massage helps bodies better manage symptoms of cancer treatment through gentle strokes, energy work, and guided meditation.
With a diverse menu of therapeutic massage techniques, Natural Healing Center offers a respite from the daily shuffle of work, family, and snorkeling for change at the mall fountain. As a private room flickers with candlelight, the licensed massage therapist can melt muscles with soothing hot stones, or access lower-layer aches with firmer trigger-point pressure. Guests may also request a custom sports massage to improve range of motion and athletic performance. Drivers can park four-wheeled friends for free after 1:30 p.m. behind the spa, and train travelers can hike the short distance from Porter Square. Wifi is also available within the building.
Nine out of 10 older brothers recommend that the best way to alleviate bodily pain is to punch some other part of your body. Today's deal gives you a more effective alternative: for $45, new clients get a one-hour massage at Sollievo Massage and Bodywork in Cambridge (an $80 value). You must redeem your Groupon within five months. Call ahead or go online to schedule your appointment.
The Zinnia flower that serves as Elite Medspa & Wellness? logo may symbolize memories, but their powerful SCITON laser actually makes memories?out of wrinkles, spider veins, and unwanted hair, that is. Medical director, and Board certified and Harvard trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph Russo chose the SCITON laser for a slew of reasons. Not only is it completely capable of handling a rogues gallery of cosmetic complaints, but it dispatches them with the quickness. Its high-speed scanner?which allows the laser to pack a wallop without damaging tissue?is paired up with a computer-guidance system that evenly distributes heat and teaches the laser how to play chess when the office closes for the night.
But the medspa is more than just technology. The staff also works with time-honored treatments to beautify faces, such as chemical peels, Botox, and Juvederm. They even embrace downright ancient techniques, such as hot-stone massage and aromatherapy.
Kaya Beauty Spa mixes relaxation with beautification by offering a menagerie of hair, body, and nail services. The spa’s aesthetician resurfaces skin with various facial services, including the Kaya signature facial, which can be customized to suit the particular needs of any client. Kaya also has an onsite massage therapist who specializes in prenatal massage, a modality that can alleviate the pain that arises from carrying a child or signing up to be a volunteer watermelon lifter.
After earning a dual bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Latoya Lewis graduated from the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy. Today, she specializes in reflexology, deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massage, in which a cushion-footed baseball mascot walks on the client's back. Latoya prides herself on her level of empathy and intuition, always making the effort to understand clients' problems and constantly tailoring her services to the individual in her care. She often incorporates elements of trigger-point therapy and reflexology, as well as stretching and breathing exercises, into her massages. Past clients have included oncology patients and senior citizens, for whom she's developed ongoing therapy plans that she hopes will translate into broader, life-related changes.