Licensed massage therapist Penny J Mitchell blends Eastern and Western massage techniques to address whatever physical or emotional needs her clients may have. At Bodyworks Massage and Wellness, she fine tunes the body and quiets the mind with Reflexology and relaxation Swedish massages. But with training in orthopedics and movement science, she caters to pain and injury as well—she offers comprehensive back therapy and whiplash therapy, and all bodywork can be heightened by applications of moisture wraps, heat therapy, and aromatherapy.
The rustic, waterfall-flanked locale is the second-best thing Sunrise Massage has going for it. The first, of course, is the massage—therapists finagle gridlocked muscles and silence overworked minds with Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point-therapy massages that bring about relief and blissed-out contemplation. But the tranquil sounds of the waterfall, echoing through the woods, serenading clients as they ease in and out of a massage-induced reverie, don’t hurt either.
At The Giving Tree of Massage & Reiki, indoor amenities such as mood lighting and soothing music set minds at ease while the private studio’s decor takes its cues from the great outdoors. Cerulean walls and plentiful arboreal knickknacks evoke a relaxing forest scene more effectively than a landscape painting or a grizzly bear rummaging through the reception desk for honey. In this setting, licensed massage therapist and reiki practitioner Janna Thomas draws on traditional and holistic techniques to rid bodies of troublesome aches. Her deep-tissue massages help soothe sore muscles and detoxify the body, whereas reiki sessions strive to promote deep relaxation and pain relief with a Japanese style of energy healing.
Groundwork to Health’s Monica Peters, a health coach and licensed massage therapist, believes that blending nutrition and physical activity with reduced stress and healthier personal relationships can lead to a fulfilling lifestyle. Her holistic approach looks at all areas of a client’s life, such as career, spirituality, and home life, and integrates practical, energetic activities and healthy food choices so you don’t have to raid a pet rabbit’s cage for sustenance. As one of her cornerstone treatments, she offers a comprehensive six-month program tailored every step of the way to help her clients develop well-rounded routines.
As cavernous as a warehouse yet reminiscent of a quaint cabin, BruHill Spa'lon utilizes abundant space, wood ceilings and pillars, and exposed-brick walls to remind guests they are not in a typical salon. Intricate arches are built into the brick walls above the windows, which is really just the wall frowning as clients get all the attention. Where normally one would see unflattering fluorescent lights, clients see chandeliers hanging down and radiating a pleasant yellowish-white light. In that pool of photons, the full-service salon's staff gets to work. They perform nail services, including Shellac and Gelish applications, and gussy up hair with cuts. BruHill also employs a full-service men's barber.
Kristine O’Sullivan’s journey in holistic bodywork began in 1999, when she embarked upon a four-year apprenticeship with a reiki master and spiritual guide. Under this master’s tutelage, she picked up such ancient and alternative healing arts as chakra balancing, core alignment, and intuitive distance healing. Though each brought Kristine to a new frontier of holistic medicine, her desire to expand the scope of her knowledge and clientele inspired her to pursue another branch of healing: massage therapy.
After graduating from massage school in 2005, Kristine acted on her newly acquired expertise by opening her eponymous business, where today she does her former spiritual guide proud by healing backs with a range of holistically oriented modalities. From the firm pressures of deep-tissue massage to the gentle strokes and heated lingonberry preserves of Swedish massage, Kristine’s techniques soothe sore muscles and alleviate chronic aches. Her sports, prenatal, and trigger-point massages cater to individual needs; simply tell her what ails you during a pretreatment consultation, and she can help you find the proper fit.
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.