Susie Williams believes that every component of the body must be functioning fully for well-being to be achieved. Through personal and group wellness sessions she addresses the emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual aspects of the psyche while zeroing in on physical equilibrium with individualized massage sessions. Rather than attacking symptoms as they appear, or replacing aching limbs with wooden pegs, Williams remedies the body with relaxing Swedish massages and tension-targeting deep-tissue massage. She combines her specialty in these modalities with skills gained from advanced training in neck and upper-back work, frozen shoulders, and rotator cuffs. Her training makes for a diverse tool bag of techniques to draw upon as she works with clients facing fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, athletic injury, or simple stress. While Williams is the primary, most experienced therapist at Absolute Wellness, services may be performed by another therapist with different specialties.
Little did Dr. Jan Iyengar know that visiting a homeopathic doctor 45 years ago would not only cure his asthma, but it would also stir a passion for homeopathy that’s guided the rest of his career.
Since breathing easier, he’s become a nationally certified massage therapist, homeopathic consultant, and board-certified hypnotherapist. Inside Body-Mind Wellness Center, Dr. Iyengar harnesses his advanced training in modalities including sports massage, trigger-point therapy, and myofascial release to help bodies drain metabolic waste and improve range of motion. His hypnotherapy sessions also open up his patients’ subconscious minds to suggestion, helping them gain control over the negative feelings that lead to addiction, overeating, and strongly worded letters to the editor about fire-hydrant placement.
Licensed massage therapist Cristi Page is passionate about helping her clients relax, manage pain, and heal. She specializes in deep-tissue massage, which uses deep kneading to help relieve chronic, long-held stress in the body. Her Swedish massages also help release tension as well as improve circulation, using a combination of lotions or oils and a variety of rolling, kneading, and percussion strokes.
Nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, Nancy Nicholson, LMT, helps her clients relax and heal. She does so through Swedish massage and deep-tissue massage modalities, as well as through customizable 30-minute therapeutic sessions. In addition to her own services, Nancy also transports a massage chair to different locations for on-site sessions, such as homes or offices.
Anna Barresi is a nationally certified massage therapist who specializes in therapeutic and relaxing massage therapy. At Serenity Healing Therapeutic Touch, LLC, she brings life to a slow, blissful crawl with Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone massage. Anna believes that massage can promote wellness and activate self-healing, which is why she balances the spa massages with treatments for pregnant women, individuals with cancer, and those under the stress of depression or anxiety.
Every spa treatment, class, and wellness consultation at Sweet Serenity aims to cultivate overall well-being, addressing both external and internal wellness. Facials and body treatments rely on an arsenal of organic, botanical-based, and seasonally produced products as they cleanse and hydrate the skin. Yoga and guided-meditation sessions, meanwhile, seek to bolster self-awareness, whereas therapeutic massages work to shoo away tension and spies masquerading as muscle knots with gentle and firm pressure.
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.