Therapeutic Massage & Customized Skincare

Face Body Spirit

875 Islington Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(603) 436-0900

About Us

With your personal needs and goals in mind, we choose and present the very best services and products, allowing you to relax and truly enjoy your treatment. To ensure your ease, you will experience your renewal in peaceful and private surroundings.

Our Philosophy

We encourage you to take the time to regenerate and nurture yourself in the midst of your busy life and realize the benefit both physically and emotionally, that are the result of professional care.

About Us

We are highly experienced professionals, trained and certified in our field. We are dedicated to offering the highest quality services and we continue to update our training regularly to keep up with new techniques and improvements in our profession.

Read about Claudia Sylva, owner of Face Body Spirit and massage therapist, and Andrea McLaughlin, skincare specialist and massage therapist. In addition to Claudia and Andrea, read about some of our associates.

Comments from Clients…

“Face Body Spirit could not be more appropriately named! It is an amazing environment of beauty and calm that leaves clients rejuvenated, nourished and in a much better physical and emotional place before we have to return to the hectic pace of our everyday lives.”
—Diane C.

“From the minute I walk in the door I feel any stress or tension just melt away. The atmosphere here is so calming and Claudia always makes me feel so welcome and special—like she has been waiting all day just to tend to my needs. At the end of each session I don’t believe anyone in the world could feel better than I do at that moment!”
—Chris Wilson

Face Body Spirit about - Claudia Sylva, owner Claudia Sylva

Owner of Face Body Spirit
Licensed Massage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner

Claudia Sylva brings years of experience to Face Body Spirit. Her true passion is supporting the well-being of her clients. Claudia is certified and licensed by the State of New Hampshire and is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Society for Oncology Massage.

About Her Training

A 1991 graduate of the New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts, Claudia studied under the gifted teacher Dr. Robert Berube. She has received advanced training and certification in a number of holistic healing modalities, including training with Reiki Master Libby Barnett, as well as advanced training in oncology massage with Tracy Walton.

Claudia was involved in the Touch Research Institute’s program at the Miami School of Medicine, assists in the Physical Therapy Department at Portsmouth Hospital, and trained in Safe Touch modalities for survivors of abuse.

About Her Commitment

Claudia extends beyond basic massage therapy to help male and female clients of all ages and backgrounds become healthful individuals. Her commitment is to provide specific and safe treatment to each client in a nurturing environment.


Face Body Spirit about - Andrea McLaughlin Andrea McLaughlin, LE

Licensed Massage Therapist & Licensed Esthetician

Andrea McLaughlin is a licensed massage therapist and licensed esthetician with experience offering both massage and skincare services.

About Her Training

Andrea graduated from the NH Institute of Therapeutic Arts, is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), assuring high quality massage therapy standards. She is trained in various techniques and adjunctive therapies including reflexology, reiki and hydrotherapy.

In addition to her training in therapeutic massage, Andrea also completed a 750 hr course in skincare from the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics with over 15 years’ experience as a licensed esthetician, having worked in both spa and medical settings. Her additional expertise includes essential oil therapy, product and ingredient analysis, and advanced facial massage.

About Her Process

Andrea offers a variety of facial services, as well as face waxing, brow design and lash tinting. As an esthetician her mission is to address the skin from an individual perspective, with the ultimate goal of creating optimal skin health. This begins with the basics as a first line of defense—a process to correct, protect and maintain.

Ultimately, she can help you take the guesswork out of choosing the appropriate products for your skin type and develop a skincare regimen for results you can see and feel. Additionally, she provides an experience that is relaxing and pleasurable.

Andrea has a passion for learning and keeps abreast of the latest industry research and developments. She is sensitive to the needs and expectations of each individual and provides education in order to empower her clients to make informed choices when it comes to their own self-care.

About Our Associates

West End SkinCare
Location: 875 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-957-2778
Owner: Jenny Harrison, Licensed Aesthetician
Jenny’s West End SkinCare is a favorite hideaway for seacoast residents to refresh their complexion, learn new healthy skin habits, as well as take care of their grooming with hair removal for both body and face. Since 1994, clients have trusted Jenny to care for their beauty needs. Still located in the same intimate space clients’ love and offering the same quality treatments and individualized care, Jenny continues to bring her unique and playful approach to the world of beauty. She offers a safe place to answer questions, while helping you navigate the overwhelming world of aesthetics.

Schedule an appointment!
Call 603-957-2778

Seacoast Hypnosis
Location: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-396-2021
Owner: Christine Larkin

Christine is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist who has been helping clients change their lives since 2000 and looks forward to helping you achieve your goal. Since ancient times hypnosis has been used in the healing arts. It can be an effective way to use the power of your subconscious to help change your life and effect practical, behavioral changes. Hypnosis can focus on your issues of greatest concern, including: smoking, weight loss, academic performance, sports performance, sales performance, stress and relaxation, motivation and confidence, hypnobirthing, fears (flying, heights, driving, public speaking), self-hypnosis, and more.

Schedule an appointment!
Call 603-396-2021

Dream Work + Spiritual Direction
Location: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-828-7999
Owner: Tracey B. Clarkson

Dreamwork is the practice of remembering our dreams, appreciating their energies, opening up their possible meanings, and integrating their wisdom into our waking lives. They are an invaluable tool for discovering our heart’s deepest longing. Spiritual Direction is an ancient practice which draws on the wisdom of diverse faith traditions and spiritual paths, having at its core the simple act of deep and compassionate listening.

Tracey has been working with her dreams for over thirty years, an exploration that led her to the Haden Institute in North Carolina (, where she completed two-year programs in both Dream Work (2017) and Spiritual Direction (2019). Haden’s combination of Jungian psychology and Christian mysticism introduced her to a number of gifted teachers from a wide range of backgrounds and spiritual traditions and equipped her for doing this work of helping companion those who are seeking more depth and meaning in their lives. Tracey’s work is grounded in the belief that our deepest and truest Self, our “soulprint”, is always within us, longing to find its way into being in the world.

For Questions or to Schedule a Session:
Call: (603) 828-7999

Patrix Salon
Location: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-431-0017
Owner: Patrick Anderson

Patrick has been offering precision haircuts and color for over 35 years, has a loyal following and stays current with the latest hair trends, servicing men, women and children.

Schedule an Appointment!
Call (603) 431-0017

Electrolysis by Elizabeth
Location: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-433-HAIR (4247)
Serving the Seacoast since 1998

Elizabeth is a registered electrologist licensed to practice in MA, ME, and NH. She is a member in good standing of the New Hampshire Electrolysis Association and the American Electrology Association (AEA). All treatments are safely administered following the State’s strict rules and regulations with regard to infection control. Private, confidential treatments to men and women is provided. Electrolysis can be performed on most body areas and on all skin types.

Call 603-433-HAIR (4247) with any questions or for a free consultation.


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