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.
The chaos of everyday life checks itself at the door at Massage Worcester at Invidium Salon and Spa. 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.
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.
Licensed aesthetician Jacqueline Dube expresses her passion for restoring natural beauty through a host of pampering spa services. A non-invasive microdermabrasion treatment uses the gentle patter of fine crystals and a 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.
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.