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.
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.
Named the best hair salon by Worcester Mag for the second year in a row, Jeffrey Robert Salon's digit technicians pamper and beautify hands and feet with uncanny expertise. During each half-hour manicure, palm-prod mavens trim cuticles, buff nails, and massage palms with moisturizing lotion to reward hands for building a coffee table out of Play-Doh. The salon's 45-minute pedicure includes a foot massage and hydrating lotion, as well as toenail trimming, filing, and shaping. Jeffrey Robert Salon carries several OPI nail-polish collections, such as the Texas, Katy Perry, and Burlesque lines, allowing patrons to sport dazzling hands without gluing on confetti.
Owner and licensed aesthetician Jacqueline Dube expresses her passion for restoring natural beauty through a host of pampering spa services. A noninvasive microdermabrasion treatment uses the gentle patter of fine crystals and light suction to admonish age spots and excavate layers of dead-skin soil, unearthing a rejuvenated sheen and stores of buried jellybeans. After a simple 30-minute treatment, skin feels smoother, and compliments penetrate the outer layers of derma more easily. Jacqueline Jase Face & Body Center's talented aestheticians also guard the mystical knowledge of the NovaLash eyelash-extension process. NovaLash is an EPA-tested, medical-grade lash-extension method that uses the strand-by-strand attachment of synthetic fibers to enhance the fluttery radiance of lash-lacking lids. A full set takes roughly three hours to apply and is customized to suit each individual's face, offering beauty buffs options other than planting eyelash seeds in the skin or affixing helpful caterpillars to eyelids.
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 squad of athletic trainers, physical therapists, and exercise physiologists at Worcester Physical Therapy Services work to restore their clients to sound health. Regardless of the issue at hand—healing after an injury, coping with a chronic condition, or returning to everyday activities after surgery—patients can rely on the practice's highly trained staff to guide them through the recovery process. Each treatment plan is customized to the individual, whose regimen may include services as varied as laser therapy and personal fitness training.
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