In the comfort of her private studio, massage therapist Karen Provost calms aching muscles with one-on one massage sessions. She utilizes Swedish strokes or sports bodywork to improve range of motion, and applies deep-tissue pressure to chronic sore spots. Those with muscle sensitivity, however, can opt for a reiki session, which strives to decongest the body's energy pathways and stimulate immunity. Whatever the modality, treatments are always tailored to the needs of the individual, and not to requests from radio callers.
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.
At Agawam Massage & Bodyworks, licensed massage therapists Kristin Held and Nichole Hines join forces to help liberate bodies from chronic pain and promote healing throughout the body. Craniosacral therapy is one of several specialties performed inside the duo's warm, private treatment rooms, relying on gentle pressure to stimulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the spine, ease restricted nerve passages, and realign bones. The team can also relax bodies with traditional Swedish massages, release chronic tension with deep-tissue massages, and keep tight muscles from being swept away by the wind during hot-stone massages.
Sounds of breaking waves mingle with the crackling of a fireplace in this ocean-themed studio that owner Veronique Clement turned into an idyllic haven for massage. The licensed massage therapist rubs the skin with organic oils, and soothes tension and stress with a primary focus on light and medium strokes. Her nine massage services include cold stone, aromatherapy, and bamboo massage. She also offers refreshments and snacks such as gourmet tea and chocolate.
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.
Licensed massage therapist Takeisha Coles relaxes physiques with an eclectic array of modalities in her massage oasis nestled inside Exotic Image Tanning Salon and Spa. During Swedish massages, Takeisha soothes sore backs with a cocktail of effleurage, friction, and percussion; the more intense deep-tissue massage is designed to loosen deep-rooted knots and pent-up pressure. Hot-stone massages utilize the healing powers of smooth, tumbled stones culled from Babylonian fountains that are applied to key pressure points. Chair massages ease aches in 10- to 15-minute increments while patrons are seated and fully clothed in the medieval armor they arrived in.