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.
Mass Mobile Massage Worcester's owner was once a fitness trainer in the military, but nowadays, he tends to physiques in a more relaxed way. He and his team of more than 25 licensed therapists travel throughout the area, visiting clients' homes for massage sessions in a choice of 15 styles. Their kneads range from a Swedish massage's gentle gliding strokes to funkier styles such as reflexology, which focuses on the hands and feet, and Thai massage, which is essentially assisted yoga.
Salon 101's stylists are already well-versed in the art hair designs, style, and colors. But that doesn't stop them from taking their skills to the next level with continuing education classes each month, where they also stay updated on the latest techniques and trends. This, combined with Salon 101's family-friendly, welcoming vibe, ensures that every guest who sits in a styling chair will feel at ease. The salon offers everything from cuts and styles to keratin treatments and real hair extensions that attach with keratin bonds for ease on the hair and scalp. Along with hair care, Salon 101 offers soothing aqua massages where powerful jets pulsate warm water from the toes to neck, and back again, and as a bonus, this magic happens all while you are fully clothed and dry.
Under the direction of J. Christian Rea, the stylists at Salon 647 snip, color, and arrange hair into trendy ‘dos. They perform services with high-quality Goldwell and Moroccanoil products, using the latter to nourish parched or damaged strands. Treatments take place amid the chic decor of moss-green walls and mirrors draped with zebra-print panels.
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.