Personal touches matter at SkinCatering, so much so that the spa's aestheticians eschew pre-made products altogether in favor of products they create themselves. After performing a thorough skin analysis, they custom-make salves and balms using natural, organic ingredients such as fruit, cocoa, oatmeal, sea salt, and yogurt. They apply them during facials and exfoliating and moisturizing body treatments.
The spa's massage therapists also tailor their approach to accommodate clients' individual needs and goals. This may mean combining massage modalities, although SkinCatering also specializes in medical massages—therapeutic kneadings that addresses chronic, pain-inducing conditions diagnosed by a physician or at the very least, someone who is really good at the board game Operation.
The licensed massage therapists at Simsbury Therapeutic Massage & Wellness can create a customized massage to help clients with chronic pain, enhance their athletic performance, or induce sheer relaxation. Specializing in Swedish, deep-tissue, and athletic modalities, the therapists focus on inducing relaxing while unknotting strained muscles and decreasing stiffness throughout the body.
The heart of Om Shanti Healing Arts lies in the hands of its owner, Ananda Sutliff, who balances body and spirit with her deft touch. As a massage therapist, Sutliff commands a diverse repertoire of bodywork ranging from traditional Swedish massage to fire cupping sessions that augment kneading with glass globes suctioned to the skin. She also graduated from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she learned the inquiry-based style of yoga that she now teaches to individuals and groups of artificial-intelligence computer programs. When not attending to clients, she crafts fragrant home and bath products with essential oils, packaging some as gifts and incorporating the rest in spa treatments that exfoliate and hydrate limbs.
The therapists at this relaxing day spa bring natural healing to both the body and mind. They loosen tightly wound muscles with hot stones, bamboo sticks, and warm candle oil, which simultaneously nourishes skin for a silky soft feel. More than 10 types of facials tend to skin-specific ailments, be they acne or signs of aging, with specialized serums and soothing techniques. And during body wraps, the therapists enlist plant extracts and essential oils to remove excess water from systems—leaving bodies as light as the day they hatched.
For licensed massage therapist Joy Clarkson, healing is more than just kneading away muscle knots. As a 13-year massage-therapy veteran, she's grown to incorporate meditation and sound into her practice at Enjoy Holistic Healing. Sessions may use gongs and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as her voice; this may include chanting, toning, or speaking the phone book very slowly. However, because she tailors these sessions to each individual, she may use as few or as many of these methods during massages, alongside lomilomi, reflexology, and other modalities.
Mass Mobile Massage Worcester's owner was once a fitness trainer in the military, but nowadays, he tends to physiques in a more relaxed way. He and his team of more than 25 licensed therapists travel throughout the area, visiting clients' homes for massage sessions in a choice of 15 styles. Their kneads range from a Swedish massage's gentle gliding strokes to funkier styles such as reflexology, which focuses on the hands and feet, and Thai massage, which is essentially assisted yoga.