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Furniture, massage businesses open in Paris
FURNITURE – Anne Pastore owns Spice Furniture which is located in the lobby of Synergy Massage Therapy on Main Street in South Paris.
MASSAGE – Hanna Gentempo gives a massage to Anne Pastore. Jennifer McMahon, owner of Synergy Massage Therapy, located on Main Street in South Paris looks on.
SOUTH PARIS – Jennifer McMahon and her daughter, Hannah Gentempo went to the New Hampshire Therapeutic Arts in Bridgton together and became licensed massage therapists.
The year-long program proved to be rigorous,” smiled Jennifer. “The curriculum consisted of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology as well as over 150 hours of hands on massage training.”
The two are qualified to offer Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Sports, Circulatory and Lymphatic massage.
In April, Jennifer rented office space at The Center for Healing Arts located directly across the street from Stephens Memorial Hospital.
“My clientele started to pick up and I owned this building here at 74 Main Street, which used to be the Black Sheep Bakery, so thought why not open a business here; it was a perfect place for a studio.”
Her daughter Hannah thought it was a great idea and the two of them began planning their new adventure together.
While getting ready to open the business, Jennifer mentioned it to a friend and neighbor Anne Pastore, who is the former owner of Vintage Pantry Antiques.
Since the Vintage Pantry closed, Anne has been searching auctions and such to find tables, dresses and anything else that could be restored and painted.
“We decided,” exclaimed Jennifer, “Why not fill the lobby with Anne’s furniture.”
Both businesses, Synergy Massage Therapy and Spice Furniture, opened recently.
The massage services vary from person to person.
“Each massage is tailored to meet the needs of the client,” said Jennifer. “Our clientele range from persons recovering from injuries and receiving physical therapy, to those seeking relaxation.”
“Various modalities such as deep tissue, neuromuscular and trigger point may be incorporated,” added Hannah.
Swedish massage was originally designed to be therapeutic.
“It was intended to simulate the effects that exercise has on the body,” said Jennifer. The relaxation one experiences during massage helps to reduce stress by a number of factors. Massage has been proven to increase circulation, which in turn brings fresh blood and oxygen to tense muscles all while lowering stress levels.”
And in this economy stress relief is almost a necessity.
“In today’s climate, stress can cause a lot of damage,” said Hannah. “And it’s very rewarding for us as well. I gave a massage to a lady that told me I had taken her to a place that she never knew existed.”
“Some people just come to relax,” added Jennifer. “It’s one full hour on the table and we can give an allover massage or a massage that works on specific areas.”
In the lobby, dressers, mirrors and tables that Anne has refinished complete the décor.
It’s just something I’ve always loved to do,” said Anne. “I study the paint techniques of the English painter, Anne Sloan. Some of my painting techniques are: shabby chic, fabric and mylar stenciling, frottage, flogging, paint layering, and glazing.”
“And I do special orders as well,” she added. “I am going to have a few unfinished pieces and people can choose the technique and color to fit their decor.”
Synergy Massage is open by appointments only; to schedule an appointment call 461-8742.
Spice Furniture is open on the weekends: Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4, through Christmas. Pickup and delivery services are available. For more information, call 461-4688.
Gift certificates are available from both businesses.