Beauty & Wellness
Body Lab GB: An Urban Oasis Of Massage And Mobility
By Lisa Green
When Dan Shaw visited Bridget Ford Hughes for Rural Intelligence back in 2009, he wrote about The Pastures, the massage therapist’s spa retreat at her home, a beautifully renovated dairy barn in Southfield, MA. At the time a recent cancer survivor, Hughes offered wellness weekends to women with breast cancer. She created the Women’s Cancer Wellness Fund, which brought financial assistance to women with cancer who wanted to add complementary medicine to their care. Hughes became a familiar wellness advocate in the Berkshires.
She still is. But her focus has changed.
“When I turned 50 recently, I did a lot of thinking about what I wanted to do. And I realized, I’m not the cancer girl anymore,” she says.
She’s put The Pastures behind her and opened Body Lab GB, a boutique massage therapy and core fitness studio where, she says, clients can power up or power down in one peaceful location. Tucked up on the hill on Gas House Lane in Great Barrington. Hughes and a small staff of wellness professionals will help clients integrate a range of modalities, including massage, of course, to achieve core fitness goals.
At Body Lab GB’s open house last weekend, Hughes had visitors trying out yoga tune up balls and the reformer tower used in Pilates and other fitness modalities. The lovely fragrances emanating throughout the space were courtesy of the lavender bath salts and room sprays Hughes has created (she plans to expand her aromatherapy collection).
By Berkshire standards, BodyLab GB is smack in the middle of an urban enclave, unlike The Pastures. But still committed to helping people live fully, Hughes has created an urban oasis for all.
Body Lab GB
115 Gas House Lane, Great Barrington