When he was only 9 years old—long before founding Holistic Therapies & Fitness Programs—Henry Oliveras began training in martial arts. This study of Eastern methods and movements naturally led him to the body and energy therapies of traditional Chinese medicine. Today, he helps his clients optimize their health at his residential office in Arlington through massage, tai chi, and qi gong, and even offers a mobile massage service so that busy customers are able to receive treatment in their homes or offices. Henry also works for spas, corporations, and fitness centers as an instructor, and holds a metaphysics PhD candidate, a published author, and a musician who performs under the stage name Que Unlimited.
The Zinnia flower that serves as Elite Medspa & Wellness’ logo may symbolize memories, but their powerful SCITON laser actually makes memories—out of wrinkles, spider veins, and unwanted hair, that is. Medical director, and Board certified and Harvard trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph Russo chose the SCITON laser for a slew of reasons. Not only is it completely capable of handling a rogues gallery of cosmetic complaints, but it dispatches them with the quickness. Its high-speed scanner—which allows the laser to pack a wallop without damaging tissue—is paired up with a computer-guidance system that evenly distributes heat and teaches the laser how to play chess when the office closes for the night.
But the medspa is more than just technology. The staff also works with time-honored treatments to beautify faces, such as chemical peels, Botox, and Juvederm. They even embrace downright ancient techniques, such as hot-stone massage and aromatherapy.
Although it's not an NFL place kicker's living room, Mozi Foot Spa pays tons of attention to the feet and happens to air sports games on its flat-screen TVs. The staff pays ample attention to kicking tools by using ancient Chinese reflexology techniques—massage therapists apply their kneading techniques to the feet, stimulating blood circulation and promoting detoxification. They enhance foot-spa treatments with soothing soaks that include the relaxing power of jets and a steam, followed by a bunny spooning with your ankle. The massage therapists also help guests relax with a variety of bodywork, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
The salon's decor promotes serenity as much as the services. Plush off-white treatment love seats are divided by flowing white curtains, and pink flowers loom overhead.
Nine out of 10 older brothers recommend that the best way to alleviate bodily pain is to punch some other part of your body. Today's deal gives you a more effective alternative: for $45, new clients get a one-hour massage at Sollievo Massage and Bodywork in Cambridge (an $80 value). You must redeem your Groupon within five months. Call ahead or go online to schedule your appointment.
After clocking in 900 course hours at the Salter School, licensed massage therapist Kendra Retalic now spreads her knowledge of holistic massage therapies with clients in her practice and at charity events. Whether rehabilitating muscles with the compression and stretches of a sports massage or indulging in a soul-soothing reiki session, clients lie upon a padded massage table undressed to their comfort level as Kendra's healing hands serenade their musculoskeletal system for one commercial-free hour. She also taps into the skin-smoothing powers of Dead Sea mud, paraffin wax, and oiled hot stones to rejuvenate exteriors.
A licensed massage therapist rejuvenates bodies from head to toe. During the Swedish massage, nimble fingers usher in relaxation and send oxygen coursing through limbs with flowing effleurage strokes. Stubborn knots surrender to firmer pressure from petrissage strokes, which are usually used to soothe turtles too stressed to leave their shells. Tranquil bodies peel themselves from the massage table and reposition for a mud mask that mines clogged pores and a nourishing salve that refreshes delicate tissue around the eyes. Feet slowly submerge in a simmering paraffin wax bath to round out the 90-minute sojourn, lingering in the warm pool until calluses soften and toes finish playing Marco Polo.