Skintelligent Face & Body Spa pampers bone bags with an array of relaxing and beautifying treatments. Tickle your visage with one of the spa’s facials, such as the Ultimate exfoliating facial ($95), which draws on the powers of glycolic or lactic acid to remove outer layers of dead skin, revealing youthful undercells that glow like a snowman in a bowling alley full of black lights. Carcasses are relaxed into states of blissful torpor with bodycare services, such as the hot-stone back treatment ($85), which exfoliates and detoxifies skin with a mud scrub before a hot-stone application and massage sap out muscle-bound stress. Nail services such as manicures ($17) and pedicures ($38) keep extremities safely coated in chromatic polish, and waxing removes unwanted hair from areas ranging from the upper lip ($8) to entire legs ($80), leaving skin drag-free for office water-polo retreats.
At Boston Ideal Weight Loss, wellness coach and certified craniosacral therapist Claire Desroche teams up with Doctor of Chiropractic Mitchell Simon, medical supervisor, to help their clients reach weight-loss and health goals. They provide structured and individualized plans, one-on-one coaching, and health education as they encourage their clients toward long-term weight loss and sustainable lifestyles. The therapy also potentially addresses aches, pains, or diseases. Claire's training has focused on identifying variations of the cerebrospinal fluid, the focus of craniosacral-therapy sessions.
The massage therapists at Herb Spa don’t focus on offering a head-spinning selection of services—instead, they give their undivided attention to making sure their techniques are highly effective. Both therapeutic and Swedish massage styles are employed to melt away stress and ease body aches, and a deep-tissue massage focuses on releasing deep-set knots within the muscles. Therapists help to further eliminate muscle aches with the use of water-heated hot stones, which aim to expand constricted vessels by increasing blood flow. To release built-up energy within the body, the studio's team relies on pressure-point therapy and singing Motown classics while massaging feet during reflexology sessions.
Winner of the 2011 Wicked Local Reader's Choice Award for Spa and Salon, Jathar Salon and Spa rejuvenates weary bodies with hair, skin, and nail treatments. Padded by cushy spa tables, patrons submit to the soothing influence of veteran massage therapists whose deft kneading leaves muscles as content as a puppy in a tennis-ball factory. In the spa's other private treatment rooms, aestheticians begin facials by conducting a custom skin analysis on guests draped over contoured beds. Vibrating massage chairs cradle visitors during pedicures, and manicurists meticulously craft nails and cuticles into pristine condition before gussying them up for big-league cat’s-cradle championships with vibrant coats of OPI or Essie polish. On the way in or out, a complimentary coffee and snack bar refreshes peckish bodies.
M.Y. Salon & Day Spa's staff knows how to pamper everywhere from the temples to the toenails, ensuring that clients leave feeling confident and relaxed. The stylists can design fetching new looks by cutting, coloring, or texturizing tresses, and the aestheticians revitalize countenances by incorporating nourishing ingredients like seaweed extract or crumbled meteorites into their facials. Nail and waxing treatments also keep clients looking sharp. Massage therapists extend care to beneath the surface, using Swedish, deep-tissue, or orthopedic techniques to help relieve muscular tension and improve mental clarity.
Some people—many therapists among them—believe that children possess a natural harmony between body and mind that diminishes with age. The certified therapists of Elite Massage work to rekindle this connection, teaching their clients how to better listen to their bodies. Among the special modalities they offer, sports massages improve circulation to overworked muscle groups and deep-tissue sessions relieve chronic patterns of stress. Founder Stacey Brennan and her fellow therapists can even travel to offices to soothe entire workforces with their corporate chair massages. These short but effective sessions counter the stress of trying to figure out which emoticons are appropriate when emailing your boss.
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