Named some of Worcester’s Best Massage Therapists by Worcester Mag three years in a row, Revitalize Massage Therapy's resident back kneaders unwind tense muscles with an array of massages. Revitalize's specialties include deep tissue, which focuses on localized pressure; Swedish, which employs lighter, muscle-skimming strokes; and trigger-point therapy and myofacial release. Therapists treat dorsal extremities to the client's choice of techniques for a 60- or 90-minute service as soothing as a lullaby whispered by Darth Vader.
Licensed massage therapists Joanna and Tiffany—whose nimble minds and fingers form the basis of Healing Angels Bodywork’s 10 massage modalities—first met during training at the Salter College Massage Therapy Program. Their mutual appreciation for healing bodywork blossomed into a close friendship, and the two continue to alleviate chronic pains and soothe stresses at the business they founded together. Joanna and Tiffany practice their craft within the private treatment rooms of Adesso Salon & Day Spa, whose mint-green walls ensure that the air remains cool and fresh during traditional Swedish, Thai stretching, or post-operation massages. Their talents converge during the signature Healing Angel massage, which doubles the relaxation with a series of four-handed strokes.
The chaos of everyday life checks itself at the door at Massage Worcester at Sherwin Christos - A Hair & Body Workshop. Skilled in a range of modalities, licensed massage therapist Amanda Bourbeau doesn’t just conjure fleeting moments of relaxation, but also helps the body heal itself from the inside out. She marries myofascial and deep-tissue therapies during regional bodywork massages that sooth and stretch sore areas and can apply localized pressure on reflex points of the hands and feet to activate natural healing processes and make tongues stick out at her will. Aside from using her gifted hands, Amanda may also call upon heated basalt stones or paraffin wraps to help assuage aches and pains.
When she established Health & Healing Massage Therapy, owner and licensed massage therapist Karen Nugent envisioned a place where clients could maintain all facets of their health—mind, body, spirit, and eyebrow flexibility. In service of this dream, she assembled a team made up of seasoned massage therapists, a Native American shaman, and an acupuncturist, who now flaunt their skills in a unique assortment of therapeutic treatments ranging from therapeutic massage to craniosacral therapy to reflexology. Several of the therapies can even be merged in tandem sessions in which two therapists and four hands combine massage with reflexology, reiki, or finger-puppet therapies.
After seven years of retirement, former chiropractor Joanne Paquette realized that something was missing from her life: She wanted to help people again. Knowing that her days of cracking backs and lecturing crooked vertebrae were behind her, she chose instead to become a licensed massage therapist and reflexologist.
Today, as the owner of Back to Nature Massage and Reflexology, Joanne uses her medical knowledge and nimble hands to soothe tense sinews with deep-tissue, Swedish, sports, and pregnancy techniques. She can even flush away toxins with lymphatic drainage, a modality that incorporates gentle pressures and a modified plunger.
For licensed massage therapist Joy Clarkson, healing is more than just kneading away muscle knots. As a 13-year massage-therapy veteran, she's grown to incorporate meditation and sound into her practice at Enjoy Holistic Healing. Sessions may use gongs and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as her voice; this may include chanting, toning, or speaking the phone book very slowly. However, because she tailors these sessions to each individual, she may use as few or as many of these methods during massages, alongside lomilomi, reflexology, and other modalities.