“The point is that in your life, unless you make specific time for something that you feel committed to, you will always have other obligations and you will always be too busy.”- Dalai Lama

kris11Kristen Tammaro-Sparks Licensed Massage Therapist
Owner of Relaxation Works Wellness Center

What type of client would benefit from your services?
Low back and neck pain are my specialties.  I attract clients that are either avoiding, on their way or prolonging surgery.  They are having the same pain for weeks or even years.  Judgment is for jury’s, I don’t care how long you have been avoiding your pain problem,  I only care that our time together is effective and you get out of pain quickly.  My treatments tend to be deep in nature but never painful.  I want you to walk out of my door different than how you walked in.  Creating the best treatment for my client is based on their needs, so every treatment is different.  Stress, headaches, low back or neck and shoulder pain can be persistent and down right P A I N F U L when not taken care of correctly.  It only takes ONE choice to start your path of pain relief in the right direction.

What are you most proud of?
The ability to change my life’s story.  For a very long time I thought that change was for other people and I felt very stuck.  I knew growing into my own was possible but I didn’t realize it was going to be this good.  From my marriage to my business I am always looking to be able to stay in the moment and enjoy every aspect that life brings my way.  I no longer worry about what might happen and now stay in the moment of what is happening.

When do you feel the bravest?
When I am supported and loved by my family.  It makes me smile from ear to ear.

What makes you feel free?
The ocean.  The sound of the waves and the breeze makes my mind shut off and a sense of stillness that is undeniable.

What is your #1 wellness tip for someone looking to change their life but doesn’t know where to start?
Listen to your intuition.  Your body knows what it needs before the advice or judgment of others, your wallet, magazines or the news.  Truly connect with your inner wisdom and wellness will come.

What was your very first paying job and what stuck out the most about it?
My first job was picking flowers from my neighbors yards, wrapping them in tinfoil and shoving them in a cardboard box where I sat at the end of my road and sold them to cars zipping by.  I have been an entrepreneur my whole life.  I’m amazed at all the crazy ideas I had and never felt stifled or told no.  I was encouraged to be creative.

How do you destress or what is the place where you feel the most relaxed?
Massage.  It enables me to handle my anxiety naturally.  I love receiving massage on a regular basis but being able to work in such a serine atmosphere is the icing on the cake.

Kristen attended the elite Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester MA in 2006, where she received a complete education in a two year program (822+ hours). Her extensive training and continuing education has provided her with the benefit of having a vast knowledge of many pathologies, muscular issues, autoimmune diseases and emotional/behavioral disorders.

Andrea H At Relaxation Works MassageAndrea Licensed Massage Therapist & Reiki Master

What type of client would benefit from your services?
From expectant moms to postpartum moms, I love working with women in all stages of motherhood. If you’re pregnant you might be dealing with the typical pregnancy pains like sciatica, low back tightness, carpal tunnel, or anxiety about labor and delivery. I can help you get your mind and body prepared and confident about bringing your baby into the world. Massage therapy is a fabulous way to relax moms through all the trimesters of pregnancy, even overdue mamas are welcomed on my table.  I especially like working with postpartum moms and have experienced first-hand how necessary massage therapy is in the first year of motherhood.

I also teach couples and labor partners how to give fast relief to mom while she’s in labor.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the fact that I was able to change my life. 5 years ago I was in a high-stress job, having chronic anxiety and panic attacks, and didn’t have a clue what I truly wanted to do with my life. With the support of my family and friends, I started massage therapy school, quit my job, opened my own business, got pregnant, had my daughter, and joined Kristen in my dream of working in a wellness center.

When do you feel the bravest?
When I’m with my daughter, Violet. You’ll do anything for your child and as a mom you always look back and say “I shared my body with someone for 40 weeks, went through hours of labor, and then delivered that child. I can do anything.”

What makes you feel free?
Working with my clients. As a new mom, I get to stay home with my one-year-old daughter during the week. On the weekend I see my clients. It’s a way to take a break from being a mom (a wonderful, but demanding job) and recharge my batteries. When I get home from work I’m in a happier mood and feel like I’m a better wife and mother.

What is your #1 wellness tip for someone looking to change their life but doesn’t know where to start? Don’t be afraid to do something drastic.  Changing your life isn’t an easy thing to do so don’t expect the steps you need to take to be easy. Take a chance.   What you need will always to come to you when you truly need it.

What was your very first paying job and what stuck out the most about it? My first paying job was when I was 14 and I worked as a waitress at a local restaurant. Looking back…who hires a 14 year old as a waitress?? The thing that stuck out the most was getting an behind the scenes look at what goes on in some restaurant kitchens!

How do you destress or what is the place where you feel the most relaxed? I’m most relaxed at work. It’s one of the biggest reasons I became a massage therapist. I became accustomed to always feeling stressed out at work and I kept thinking, “This isn’t how it should be!” I wanted to be in an atmosphere that promoted relaxation and health and now I am.

Andrea graduated from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA in 2013. She’s a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is a certified Reiki Master.

She is certified and specializes in prenatal and postpartum massage. As a new mom herself, she knows how important it is to keep her stress level down and she’s dedicated to helping new mothers do the same so they can take care of their families.

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SheinaSheina  Licensed Massage Therapist

What type of client would benefit from your services?Women who no longer want stress to be their lifestyle.  Life is hectic and busy.  Daily stress, no matter how big or small it seems, breeds chronic pain.  I truly enjoy working with those that feel like they carry the world on their shoulders, and no matter what they do to alleviate their pain (stretching, deep breathing, a glass of wine :) ) it seems to never get the core pain pattern.  This is where I shine the best.  My passion is helping women (and men) shut their busy minds off, and giving them the best pain and stress relief possible!

As humans we like easy.  Easy is booking a session and allowing me to calm the mind and bring much needed pain/stress relief to you, even if it’s just for an hour! :)

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my family. Thanks to their support and encouragement, I have grown so much as a person and have been able to start my dream career.

When do you feel the bravest?
When it seems like I have nothing but hurdles in front of me and nothing is going as planned. It not only makes me feel brave to go find solutions to each problem, but it humbles me as well.

What makes you feel free?
Being close to nature, especially the water. It brings me a sense of belonging and peace that I can’t explain.

What is your #1 wellness tip for someone looking to change their life but doesn’t know where to start?
Try a variety of things & stick to whatever works for you. You can even do multiple things but it ultimately needs to be something bringing you stress relief so it shouldn’t be complicated. I suggest meditation, reading, writing, deep breathing, and positive affirmations. I have used each of these at different times for different life situations. Consistency is key also. Massage and yoga are also great ways to allow someone else to assist you in changing your life.

What was your very first paying job and what stuck out the most about it?
HoneyBaked Ham. I think what stuck out most for me was how well the customers responded to a little TLC. I was able to change someone’s day just by saying hello and having small talk while assisting them.

How do you destress or what is the place where you feel the most relaxed?
I have many different ways to distress. It truly comes down to how much time I have when I need a stress break. I talk to myself using positive affirmations throughout my day because it’s easy to do anywhere at anytime. When my kids are overly excited, I do breathing exercises with them which is helping me at the same time. When I have the quiet time available, though, I love to do guided meditations.

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Julie Sutton AcupuncturistJulie Acupuncturist

What type of patient would benefit from your services?

Traditional Chinese Medicine through Acupuncture and adjunctive techniques can work for any ailment. However, I like to work specifically with people who have chronic migraines and sleep issues. Most people don’t realize how important a good night sleep is. Without proper sleep, the body can’t function properly causing issues with mental function and focus. Also, I feel Traditional Chinese Medicine can work wonders for migraines. I have been migraine free for over a year due to acupuncture and adjunctive techniques. The only thing that has worked well and consistently is this type of therapy.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud that I stuck to my guns and finished my degree. It took me longer than I wanted and quite a few bumps in the road to get there but I was able to persevere and get it done. I love knowing that I can be a strong role model for my daughter on showing her to never give up on your dreams.

 When do you feel the bravest?
Trying anything new. I like to test myself in learning or experiencing new things. Be it an exercise class or trying a new restaurant or doing things out of my normal comfort zone. It’s good to spice things up a bit everyone once and a while.

What makes you feel free?
Dancing. I love to dance and always have since I was a kid (just ask my parents). I’ll dance to pretty much any music and I’ve tried all styles. My favorites are Belly Dancing and Zumba.

What is your #1 wellness tip for someone looking to change their life but doesn’t know where to start?
#1 wellness tip would be to just try. Just trying anything to improve your health is a good start. Even if it’s a simple as going for a walk at lunch or drinking more water. Also, do something you love that makes you happy.

What have you done in your career that you feel is an asset to your patients?
I have had a variety of experiences. During my Master’s program, I had several internships in various places – MD offices, community style, and hospital settings. This variety of environments led me to see a variety of patients where I was able to really test myself and my skills.

What was your very first paying job and what stuck out the most about it?
Burger King when I was in High School. I guess what stuck out most is I knew I wanted to work with people. I just hadn’t figured out how yet.

How do you destress or what is the place where you feel the most relaxed?
Yoga and Meditation. I do a daily Yoga practice. I feel it keeps me centered and balanced.

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