After a more than 20-year career in retail, Kim Ryan heeded the encouragement of her husband, friends, and thoroughly wrung out dish towels to pursue an education at the Salter massage school. Today she’s a member of ABMP—Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals—and dedicates her life to helping do away with the stress of others. Ryan’s custom massages take on many forms, such as flowing Swedish strokes to improve range of motion in limbs, but they are all consciously geared toward giving clients a relaxing respite. When not melting muscles in her quaint studio, Kim can be found donating her massage skills for assisted living facilities and other worthy causes.
Steve Baglioni knows the human body. On a regular basis, the massage therapist works with sports professionals and chiropractors, and is currently studying to become a certified personal trainer. Given the diversity of the fields he's studied, it's not surprising Steve specializes in two very different styles of massage. As a sports therapist, he provides intense treatment for athletes looking to improve their flexibility or recover from strenuous activity. Steve’s other specialty is hospice service. In this capacity, he performs comfort touch treatments that gently relieve aches in patients who spend a great deal of time in bed or wheelchairs.
You might see Amy DePerrior’s work in magazines, on TV, or in the New England Patriots Cheerleaders' swimsuit calendar. But you don't have to go that far—her beauty skills also show on the faces of visitors to LuxeBeautiQue Beauty Bar, Cosmetics & Spa. Here, she helms a staff of makeup artists, massage therapists, and nail technicians whose professional prowess snagged the company a Best of Boston award in 2008 from Boston magazine.
Resplendent in flowing white curtains and dark-wood floors, the beauty bar polishes faces with upwards of 10 specialized facials made to firm the skin, reduce redness, and banish other issues with powerful enzymes and antioxidants. The company's collection of SpaRitual polishes make each manicure vegan, eco-friendly, and free of synthetic dyes, and faux mink eyelash extensions create fuller, longer lashes that last up to six months with regular touchups. To pay homage to the owner's claim to fame, the beauty bar also performs makeup services with Becca cosmetics, a line that boasts more than 30 concealer and foundation colors. Nearly every line the specialists use in the studio is available for home purchase from the in-store beauty boutique. Meanwhile, private rooms furnish a tranquil backdrop for therapeutic massages that warm bodies with heated stones and relax the muscles of mothers-to-be weary from carrying baby-shaped pumpkins around for practice.
If the nails are a canvas, then the three technicians at Artistic Nails are Leonardos, creating nail artwork that’s skillful and possibly full of secret messages. Beyond the boutique’s menu of manicure, pedicure, and acrylic-nail services, the staff mollifies neck aches with massages and hydrates dry skin with warm, soothing paraffin wraps.
A US Marine veteran, Dr. Ilan Amar traded in the blue uniform for a white lab coat to helm A Touch of Health Chiropractic Wellness Center. Today, the doctor calls on a healthy balance of Eastern and Western treatment techniques to helps clients of all ages overcome chronic and injury-related pain. This blend of approaches allows his treatments to be supremely personalized. Neck and back pain might be corrected with a gentle adjustment, while slipped discs and pinched nerves call for a session or two on the spinal-decompression table. Other issues may require alternative techniques such as Reiki therapy and chakra work, which focus on balancing the body’s internal energies to promote self-healing. Dr. Amar couples these treatments with nutritional guidance and advice for improving each patient's overall lifestyle, such as adding exercise to their daily routine or switching out their vampire coffin for a standard mattress.
When Katie Kaplan graduated from Suffolk University with a master's degree in business, she found herself struggling to find a job in the midst of a recession. After finally landing a high-stress, low-paying position, she realized she had to make a career change. Katie decided to attend The Salter School, earned her massage license, and joined the ranks of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals by donning their trademark foam fingers. Today, she helps others find overall wellness through massage modalities that can mend injuries, ease the discomforts of pregnancy, and quell anxiety. Kate also volunteered her services at a charity event raising funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis.
Enhancing Mother Nature's spiritual flow, Green Tea Yoga energizes chakras and enlivens aspiring yogis with a rotating schedule of seasonal 60-, 75-, or 90-minute classes. Green Tea Yoga's experienced instructors guide twisters and toners through a series of poses to help to strengthen postures and limber up limbs. EarthSky yoga, a moderate-intensity class, brims with Vinyasa flow techniques such as bending, stretching, and controlled breathing. Students in search of a more intense course can slide into a Forrest yoga session, and moms-to-be can partake in a prenatal course or the Momaste class, designed to help to relieve stress and shake off lingering fears of toddlers taking over the world. Occasional children’s classes are also offered throughout the year.
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