Giving yourself a back massage is impossible, much like keeping your eyes open while sneezing or reading an entire book. Give spines a rest with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a 60-minute Swedish massage or reiki session at Heartsound Bodywork in Northampton (a $70 value).
Heartsound Bodywork's practitioners—David Gregoire and Nancy Carter-Price—call upon more than 20 years of holistic experience when alleviating clients' anxiety and bodily tension through therapeutic services. Master Mikao Usui developed reiki in Japan, and the practice prioritizes balancing energy flow within the body for general physical and mental wellness. During a reiki session, Gregoire or Carter-Price employs hands to even out the energy between the body's seven chakras while fully dressed clients repose on a massage table and absorb every serene drop of the room's dim lighting, gentle melodies, and pudding-coated floor. Reiki implementers address each chakra—or energy center—and spend extra time on chakras that correspond to the patient's specific ailment.
Alternatively, Gregoire leverages a certification in massage therapy to knead away stress during Swedish massage. He employs his digits and palms to apply gentle pressure, soothing percussive movements, and long, gliding stokes on the body. Clients relish both soothing therapies in a private room painted in a sea-green hue. A whimsical Maxfield Parrish print adorns the wall, and purified air inundates the space thanks to a salt lamp and the occasional whisper from a polar bear.
Heartsound Bodywork's practitioners—David Gregoire and Judith Podmore—call upon more than 20 years of holistic experience. They instruct students of all ages and abilities in the practice of reiki, a method of hands-on healing that balances the body’s natural energy flow and promotes healing and wellness. It has a variety of applications, including pre- and postoperative support, labor support, and channeling the spirit of a distant panda cousin. David is also a certified massage therapist, qualifying him to employ his hands to shoo stress from clients’ aching muscles.
Inside the studio, clients absorb every serene drop of the room's dim lighting, gentle melodies, and pudding-coated floor. David and Judith perform soothing therapies in a private room painted a sea-green hue. A whimsical Maxfield Parrish print adorns the wall, and purified air inundates the space thanks to a salt lamp.