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 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.
Caroline Harris has always been fascinated by the relationship between mind, body, and spirit—a relationship she's forged through her experiences as a professional dancer and psychology student. She strives to heal all three facets with her deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai massages. As she kneads out mental and corporeal aches and stresses, her nimble hands also help to increase circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, and improve range of motion.
A seven-circuit labyrinth sounds like the setting for a Greek myth, but at Branford River Resort and Spa, it is a concrete place patrons visit to practice meditation. Relaxation is not reserved for the labyrinth, though—it pervades the spa and resort as a whole, helping to earn the establishment one of 2012’s Patch Readers’ Choice awards. Visitors can bask in the healing milieu of its infrared sauna, lounge in the onsite gazebo, or unwind during diverse spa treatments.
The spa’s treatments encompass a vast array of facials, which can combat acne or aging, soothe with warm stones, or draw on the healing power of crystals. Massages range from traditional Swedish effleurage to the Shiradora indian head massage, which incorporates kneading upon the back and herbal oil conditioners, just like a cat clinic held in a soap shop. Body wraps ensconce physiques in materials from Dead Sea mud to mylar foil, and a complementary suite of salon services beautifies visitors with custom haircuts, highlights, and nail services.
The rustling of palm trees as tradewinds blow through them, the scent of saltwater carried in by rolling waves—nothing quite matches the carefree feel of a day on a beach in Hawaii, which is perhaps why The Wellness Journey Studio's owner Denise Baker-Bradley named her massage offerings after beaches on the tropical islands. But since she believes therapeutic massage therapy is not just for relaxation, these sessions have a therapeutic spin and can increase energy by lowering blood pressure. They can even improve sleep patterns better than keeping a closetful of sheep. During the Papohaku massage, for example, she rolls rods of bamboo over muscles to relieve deep-seated tension. For the celebrity facial massage sauna, she uses facial massage therapy techniques to reduce signs of aging. Before each stroke, she warms the massage oil, as clients stretch out beneath soft sheets and a soundtrack of beach sounds lulls them into a state of calm as deep as the ocean. The studio is located off Route 24 in Brockton.
At Winchester Wellness Centre, two aestheticians and a massage therapist tend not only to the skin's surface but also to the hard-working muscles beneath it. To beautify complexions, aestheticians employ treatments that range from the pore cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing of traditional facials to fine-crystal microdermabrasion and oxygen infusions. Meanwhile, the center's massage therapist alleviates aches with reflexology techniques focused on the hands and feet, or she uses Thai massage to stretch muscles, which enhances flexibility more comfortably than sleeping in a pretzel-shaped bed.