From Our Editors
Licensed massage therapist Debbie. Q. Allen’s menu of 5 modalities reflects her encyclopedic knowledge of her craft. She could tell you, for example, how Swedish massage’s roots lie with a Dutch therapist who named each of the basic strokes after French words. Of course, she’d only go into that if it helped a client relax. Otherwise, she’s content to do the listening, letting clients’ muscles show her the origin of every ache. She then draws upon specialized techniques—such as deep-tissue and trigger-point therapies—in order to ease muscles bound into Celtic love knots.
In addition to helping guests attain relaxation, her massages may impart other benefits such as accelerating healing, improving range of motion, and boosting feel-good neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.