Massage caught the eye of Josh LaFevre as a young athlete, when therapy sessions would
alleviate muscle strain and speed healing. Now ten years into his career as a massage therapist, Josh has racked up a repertoire of techniques, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal modalities. He can also incorporate Eastern bodywork therapies like Thai massage, which incorporates passive stretching, or Reiki, which is a healing energy therapy. Josh also demystifies this holistic art during Reiki classes.
At Bridge2Recovery, licensed massage therapist Bridgette Greenfield specializes in therapeutic massage that incorporates three massage styles—relaxing Swedish, vigorous deep tissue, and reflexology. Her single-modality kneads, meanwhile, range from hot stone massages with smooth, volcanic rocks to aromatherapy massage sessions. All massages are set to soothing music, which dissolves stress more effectively than everyone in your life yelling "calm down!"
Today, she's a master stylist, but before beauty school, Hali Owens focused on psychology while immersed in a criminal justice curriculum. Since shifting to her true passion, however, she's cultivated a service menu that ranges from bang trims to elaborate wedding updos topped with three-tier cakes. Despite all these choices, Owens advises guests not to get too overwhelmed: "Don’t worry about knowing exactly what you want," she says. "I am glad to help you decide and make the process as easy and stress-free as possible." Customers are able to relax in Owens's chair, knowing they can depend on her 15 years' experience and expert eye to shape and color the perfect hairdo. Her specialties help clients feel their best, and to Owens, that's the best part of the job: "My favorite moment," she says, "is when my client looks in the mirror at the finished look and I can see their confidence rise!"
Heidi Niewendorp returned from her first-ever massage feeling invigorated, and not only because of the relaxing strokes and customized pressure. It also inspired her to choose a new career path—she realized she wanted to be on the other end of the table helping people as she had been helped. So she attended school, earned her massage therapist's license, and in 2008 began her career. Heidi specializes in firm pressure, performing massages she calls deep-tissue relaxation, which possess
both the deep reach that can ease muscle pain and the comforting strokes that can diminish stress. But Heidi is versatile, and she's happy to change up her style—a lighter Swedish massage for general relaxation, perhaps, or a focused pregnancy massage for expecting mothers sore from building geodesic dome-cribs. For even deeper serenity, Heidi also offers hot-stone massage and aromatherapy add-ons.
Marina Volod has been a clinical aesthetician for more than 20 years. During that time, she’s designed her own facial treatments, developed an acne-maintenance program, and started Avitalin, a company that sells its own line of natural skincare products. In 2000, she opened DermaEsthetica, a skin and body studio that takes a scientific approach to beauty. Armed with ultrasonic, cold laser, and phototherapy technology, Marina and her staff fight aging without bribing Father Time with bagel vouchers.
The adage "good things come in small packages" comes to mind at Saunte Wellness Center, a cozy but beautifully appointed retreat where clients indulge in luxurious spa treatments. In private rooms framed by chocolaty curtains and dark hardwood floors, practitioners conduct hot-stone massages, body scrubs, and microcurrent facials. A pebbled floor surrounds the gorgeous pedicure bowl, where clients recline in plush barrel chairs as nail techs massage their legs and feet. Two aestheticians are also on staff to administer permanent makeup applications to fill in the brows and lips or to help camouflage scars and stretch marks.