Owner and licensed massage therapist Gina Scully choreographs massages to target the client's specific sore spots. Before the one-hour body kneading begins, guests consult with the therapist to devise a strategy for alleviating aches through a choice of massage techniques, which can be combined for complete customization. The Swedish massage applies long, gliding strokes along skeletal armature to relieve taut muscles, and the deep-tissue massage relies on firm pressure to ease chronic pain caused by bench-pressing pianos. Enfield also specializes in Ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, during which the therapist performs soothing tap dances on the back while grabbing onto parallel bars mounted on the ceiling. Any of the provided massages can be sweetened with a complimentary choice of four aroma blends, which creates a relaxing, pleasant-smelling experience, unlike taking the SATs in a horse stable.
Amid the industrial-chic serenity of The Spa at Gasoline Alley, a team of beauticians imbue clients with a sense of calm through relaxing massages and skincare treatments. Therapists shoo away aches and untie painful knots with four styles of massage, and aestheticians gently wax away unwanted hair from more than 10 areas of the body, including lower legs and underarms. The skincare specialists also smooth epidermises with custom facials that are expertly tailored to address each client’s specific skin type and condition.
Marie Loranger takes on aches and pains with a pair of well-trained hands. Her deft fingers deploy modalities ranging from the gentle kneading of Swedish massage to the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage, depending on the needs of the client. Marie also handles other healing traditions, such as ear candling and stretching, the latter of which incorporates stretching and pressure on the whole body.
Although Marie currently works inside a room at Exotic Image Tanning and Massage Spa, the inspiration for her business name comes from her plans to take her massages on the road. Soon, she will be pulling into home driveways or office parking lots where she can perform her massages in a dimly lit, temperature-controlled room.
Soft music sets the scene at Tony Shannon’s spa, resounding off bottles of vegan lotions and oils and preparing mind and body for a full-body treat. Tony, a Massage School of East Hampton graduate, calls upon a range of rubdown modalities, from classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to Eastern methodologies such as thai-yoga and hot-stone massage. With each pat and rub, Tony helps shoo away stress and fatigue, boost circulation, and recharge energy stores and swallowed cell phones. He can also target massage efforts to relieve specific aches and pains, including pregnancy fatigue, aching feet, painful backs, and soreness from uncomfortable work chairs or enthusiastic pig wrestling.
Zenergy Healing Arts Studio’s licensed massage therapist has studied anatomy, physiology, muscle structure, and massage techniques as part of a program that required more than 650 hours of training. Now skilled in multiple massage modalities, she harnesses this wisdom as she helps her clients improve their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health with styles such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage. She also specializes in other forms such as pregnancy massage, chair massage, and massages for the elderly.
Licensed massage therapist Mary Jean Serignese alleviates bodily tension with more than six types of massage modalities. Each of her massage types lavishes muscles with customized strokes that emphasize complete relaxation. Aromatherapy oils augment some massages, infiltrating olfactory glands with the rejuvenating waft of essential oils, and hot stones—an area in which Mary Jean carries a special certification—melt away tension and pockets full of ice cubes.