Owner Carrie Deslippe and her team of RMTs Above and Beyond Massage Therapy Clinic are not your ordinary massage therapists. Qualified to treat clients with workplace and motor vehicle injuries, their nimble hands are adept at working to heal chronic and intense pain. These skills serve them well, even during relaxation massages or sessions enhanced with hot stones and thermal pods. The clinic's massage rooms soothe clients, not with the sounds of James Earl Jones reading bedtime stories, but with minimal decor and tones of chocolate and spring green. The team also strives to give back through community projects by donating on-site massages at fundraising events.
The practitioners of Wellness Guru Holistic Massage & Wellness Studio don't view relaxation as a mere luxury—to them, it's an essential staple in a balanced and healthy lifestyle. To that end, they perform a slate of therapeutic massages designed to help even the busiest of parents and 9-to-5 workers rejuvenate and recalibrate themselves. Therapists rely on all manner of modalities, from gentle Swedish to the deeper sports massage, to expunge aches and send minds reeling into a state of utter serenity—all while folding in extras such as hot stones and foot scrubs. Beyond pampering muscle tissue, the studio also offers select spa-style skincare treatments, nail care, and reiki energy work, which aims to balance internal energies without the use of touch.
Always looking for the best ways to help the well-being of her clients, owner Anne-Marie Rathburn has pursued training in a number of massage modalities including myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage. Amid the soothing, zenlike decor of potted plants and hardwood accents at East Windsor Massage Therapy Clinic, she leads a team of other registered massage therapists who work to improve joint mobility, release endorphins, and help trapped “ahhs” to escape from bodies with massage therapy that may include heat or ice, jade stone, or organic herbs from Thailand.
For more than 25 years, Doctor of Chiropractic Bob Pizzimenti has championed his clients’ own ability to heal themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. As a self-proclaimed unwinder, Dr. Pizzimenti eschews x-rays and technology-based treatments in favor of a more holistic approach to reducing stress and pain. After assessing his patients with chiropractic consultations and exams that target sources of muscular pain, he performs alternative treatments such as auriculotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, craniosacral therapy, yoga, and massage.
Dr. Pizzimenti also promotes well-being outside of chiropractic treatments at Innate Healing Arts Center. His resident herbalist, Tissheama Pizzimenti, oversees a shop filled with potted plants and shelves lined with traditional medicinal plants and specially concocted herbal remedies. She performs consultations and may prescribe custom-made herb blends or specialty spring water to help flush away toxins or spoil cars during car washes.
Also at the center, Reverend Gwendolyn Hurst leads a range of weekly community events, such as group meditation and holistic-health workshops, and yoga teachers lead welcoming classes. And at the onsite Golden Gate Cafe, the staff serves gourmet vegetarian dishes such as tempeh burgers, falafel, and vegetable stir-fry, with many ingredients sourced from local farms that utilize humane vegetable-growing practices.
The relaxation squad at This Is It Salon and Spa believe just as strongly in cosmetic trends as they do in the medical benefits of massage. Though the salon’s service menu may seem polarized at first glance, the staff manages to pull it all together by creating proper pairings powered by high-end products from Aveda, Essential, and It&ly.
In the spa’s private rooms, therapists perform facials and body treatments, as well as 10 types of massages, each of which aids in the release of muscular tension and pain. Massage modalities range from deep-tissue and hot-stone varieties to carpal-tunnel or pre- and post-natal massage. The therapists also perform therapeutic massages to ease pain caused by chronic illnesses. The spa has been approved to accept insurance and physician referrals for medical massages. Regardless of the selected modality, the spa staff happily executes both in-studio and on-location sessions, traveling throughout the area to perform makeup and nail services for events ranging from weddings to stuffed-animal tea parties.
For nearly two decades, Keely Jackson has been tapping into the holistic powers of eastern medicine, with Reiki treatments and meticulous bodywork that aims to redirect energy positively. At Tummy Love, she performs abdominal Chi Nei Tsang massages that nurture healthy digestive flow and relieve symptoms of heartburn, chronic anxiety, and PMS. Another treatment, white light energy work, is inspired by ancient Hawaiian traditions and
uses gentle hand placements to pinpoint sources of negative energy and jelly donuts stuck on their way through the body. Clients can also take some of the spa's natural therapies home: the V-steam bath treatment, for instance, cleanses your body and helps you unwind with the help of natural herbs and flowers.