Sea Grass Therapies spa in Worcester focuses on sports massage through partnerships with local professional teams

A new spa in downtown Worcester focuses on athlete health.

Sea Grass Therapies offers a variety of massage and spa treatments, but specializes in sports massage. Mike Cerullo, co-owner of the spa with Carol Parker-Schutt, recently completed his fourth season as lead massage therapist for the Massachusetts Pirates football team, and the spa is a sponsor of the Worcester Railers hockey team.

“It gives us the opportunity to educate athletes of all ages, from little peewees to professionals,” Parker-Schutt said. “We hope we will be the main massage center you go to when you seek it out as an athlete.”

Parker-Schutt opened its original spa in Medford, then moved it to Methuen. She opened a second location in North Andover and combined all her activities at this location shortly before the pandemic hit.

Last year, she and Cerullo, who worked at the spa, began discussing opening a location in the Worcester area.

“We started talking, why are you still working for me when you could be doing your own thing in Worcester?” she says. “I had experience in business and had been doing this for so many years and he knows how to work with players so we decided we were going to come here and just get a piece.”

They ended up, accidentally, with much more than a one-room space. They visited a space at 145 Front St., a former Elizabeth Grady franchise, only to get inspired on how to create their own facility, but eventually found it was within their price range.

“The tenants really wanted someone who wasn’t a big franchise to come here,” she said.

Parker-Schutt explained that sports massage is important for athletes at all levels, both to maintain their body, prevent injury and aid recovery from injuries that do occur.

“We’re trying to educate the parents of the little ones because we want to start making sure they’re self-care aware,” she said. “If they can keep their little body as they grow up in great shape, it will help them become more productive and active when it comes to their sports field. It can be anything from football to golf to running. … If we can educate young people and their parents, that’s going to really help in trying to get them to continue doing self-care maintenance.

Sea Grass Therapies has four massage rooms, including the “Rainforest Room” and the “Aquatics Room” for various massages, body treatments and facials. The aqua room includes a shower for guests to clean up after body treatments. Another room with a massage chair allows visitors without an appointment to sample a few minutes of what the spa has to offer.

In a fifth room, the spa has a 3D body scanner from Styku, which can be used to help clients on weight loss programs or athletes trying to build muscle track their progress.

“It’s 0.5% off your measurements, compared to us measuring you, which leaves room for error each time if you’re not on the same area each time,” said Parker Schutt.

Parker-Schutt emphasized that the services provided by Sea Grass Therapies are not just for athletes. In addition to more traditional treatments, she said union member clients may be eligible to receive massage therapy up to once a month for as little as $35, with the union paying the rest.

This can be especially useful for workers in busy occupations to protect their health.

“We’re talking about our first responders, you’re talking about firefighters, police officers, nurses, doctors, postal workers, our teachers, our educators… not even starting with the blue collar workers,” she added. . said. “They’re out there kicking their ass and they should be taken care of.”

Parker-Schutt said while the summer months are still slow and some potential customers are still wary of COVID-19, business is already good and she is optimistic about the future.

“We’re already seeing a spark now that school is back. We’re already probably up 30% from what we did from May,” she said. “It’s a huge advantage.”

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