Mellisa Rollins, owner of MelliSPA, offers private beauty treatments by appointment only. This rule allows her and her staff to focus their completely on each client during each custom organic facial, full-body waxing, or massage. Committed to using natural and organic products when possible, Mellisa employs aroma and herbal therapies that draw on ancient herbal wisdom. For example, her hair-removal services eschew artificial waxes for all-organic ingredients such as amber honey, which is the same substance that bees use to remove fuzz from their abdomens.
The rustling of palm trees as tradewinds blow through them, the scent of saltwater carried in by rolling waves?nothing quite matches the carefree feel of a day on a beach in Hawaii, which is perhaps why The Wellness Journey Studio's owner Denise Baker-Bradley named her massage offerings after beaches on the tropical islands. But since she believes therapeutic massage therapy is not just for relaxation, these sessions have a therapeutic spin and can increase energy by lowering blood pressure. They can even improve sleep patterns better than keeping a closetful of sheep. During the Papohaku massage, for example, she rolls rods of bamboo over muscles to relieve deep-seated tension. For the celebrity facial massage sauna, she uses facial massage therapy techniques to reduce signs of aging. Before each stroke, she warms the massage oil, as clients stretch out beneath soft sheets and a soundtrack of beach sounds lulls them into a state of calm as deep as the ocean. The studio is located off Route 24 in Brockton.
Bethany Simons’s approach to massage is one of therapy rather than just relaxation. At BethanyHealth and Wellness, she specializes in pain relief, trying to assist the body’s natural healing functions by eliminating chronic aching in the muscles and connective tissues. Treatments are customized to each client, and can incorporate techniques such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, and reflexology massage. Bethany supplements her treatments by educating clients on how to prevent further injury through therapeutic exercise and business suits made of bubble wrap.
From registered nurses to certified hypnotists, the five therapists working for Natural Body Works Healing Center have backgrounds that run the gamut from the scientific to the spiritual. However, what binds them is that each is a graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, a degree that takes 900 hours of hands-on practice to earn. With their experience and training they relax bodies, reduce chronic pain with massage and reflexology treatments, and relieve psychological stress with hypnosis and meditation. Even the painted walls soothe the senses with their gentle earth tones and soft pastel colors, carefully coordinated with the furniture and each therapist's Care Bear.
Loosened muscles. Increased range of motion. Boosted circulation. Decreased stress. Massage offers a range of body-bettering benefits, and the staff at C.J. Healing Massage & Bodywork is adept at uncovering them with their skilled handiwork. They specialize in a range of massage styles, including shiatsu, sports, hot stone, Swedish, and prenatal. For those new to massage, they will even choose the proper massage style based on what each client needs.
Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.