Mellisa Rollins, owner of MelliSPA, offers private beauty treatments by appointment only. This rule allows her and her staff to focus their completely on each client during each custom organic facial, full-body waxing, or massage. Committed to using natural and organic products when possible, Mellisa employs aroma and herbal therapies that draw on ancient herbal wisdom. For example, her hair-removal services eschew artificial waxes for all-organic ingredients such as amber honey, which is the same substance that bees use to remove fuzz from their abdomens.
Healing Hands Massage?s scheduling book never has back-to-back appointments. So if someone has a 60-minute deep-tissue massage at 1 p.m. with licensed massage therapist Howard Dodd?who is also a certified personal trainer and lead instructor of the massage program at Lincoln Technical Institute?s Brockton Campus?there won?t be a Swedish massage at 2 p.m. with Dodd, however, appointments would be available to schedule with another licensed massage therapist. This scheduling approach allows the clients to enjoy their massage service without feeling rushed out the door. Adding to the comfort, the staff can customize its kneads to alleviate pain, tension, and ailments from common sports injuries, such as spraining a muscle or mistaking a bowling ball for a basketball and trying to dunk it.
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.
Spa Ujala?s aestheticians strive to reinvent clients' appearances through custom combinations of organic or botanically derived products. During the facial treatments, they can slather cheekbones with antioxidant-filled seaweed, organic mud masks, or balms with enough vitamin C to get through the next orange strike. The spa's body wraps also seek to leave skin soft and vibrant by first nourishing it in a bath of coconut, mung bean, and lavender. For an even more tactile experience, the massage therapists unravel knots near the surface of muscles by using gentle, flowing Swedish strokes. They also utilize deep-tissue techniques or hot stones to delve a bit further into the musculature.
Bethany Simons’s approach to massage is one of therapy rather than just relaxation. At BethanyHealth and Wellness, she specializes in pain relief, trying to assist the body’s natural healing functions by eliminating chronic aching in the muscles and connective tissues. Treatments are customized to each client, and can incorporate techniques such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, and reflexology massage. Bethany supplements her treatments by educating clients on how to prevent further injury through therapeutic exercise and business suits made of bubble wrap.
Darlene McKenney, the founder of First Hand Massage Therapy, marshals two decades of experience as both a massage therapist and a physical therapist. It seems natural that her specialty is sports massage. She starts off her sessions by discussing treatments, which include deep-tissue massage?complete with limb-loosening stretches drawn from her physical therapy background?designed to help athletes overcome the lingering effects of injury. She performs other modalities as well, including hot stone, Swedish, and pregnancy massage.