While most businesses claim “no shoes, no service,” The Barefoot Zone welcomes unclothed feet, pampering them to relieve bodily pain. Certified reflexologist Allyson Nolan helms the practice, using reflexology to alleviate symptoms of conditions including high blood pressure, plantar fasciitis, migraines, and fibromyalgia. Clients rest atop a heated spa table as Allyson applies pressure to specific points on the hands, feet, and outer ears. To round out each treatment, warmed river stones nestle between toes and canoodle with sock lint as a warm towel infuses extremities with heat.
Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage's licensed therapist Louisa Abarno whisks clients toward a state of relaxation with spa treatments. As a fitness instructor and personal trainer who’s well versed in soothing sore musculature, Louisa zeroes in on trouble points during a variety of services, from reflexology sessions to hot-stone massages. She also revitalizes skin with paraffin and European rose mud, which is designed specifically to soften feet in preparation for important toe-model auditions.
After studying at Ricci's Academy in Newtown, Heather Zilliox completed an internship at a local hair-replacement clinic where she learned to work with special-needs cases. A five-year stint at an upscale salon followed, where Zilliox mastered Aveda techniques. Then, in February of 2010, the nine-year hairstyling veteran opened Inner Beauty, where she currently transforms humdrum locks into fetching, face-accentuating 'dos. All visits kick off with a detailed consultation, which helps cuts mesh with each guest's personal style, hair type, and job as a celebrity body double. A shampoo with hair-nourishing Sebastian products cleanses head-bound strands before Zilliox trims away shaggy excess during cut and style services. All tress trimmings also include a brief scalp massage, where the stylist straps a miniature pogo stick onto each finger to dole out cranial kneading. Matrix hair color products offer chromatic conversions to guests looking to change their natural hues, highlights liven up monochrome hair with attention-grabbing texture, or one-step color redresses tresses.
Crystal Lake Spa is a place where clients head for everything from bed and spray tanning to laser treatments and psychic readings. Groups can celebrate the half birthday of the inventor of the loofah by booking spa parties, during which they nosh on complimentary food and wine as they enjoy discounted treatments. Treatments take place in a spa setting marked by dark-wood accents and down-home knickknacks such as plush bunnies and ornamental plates.
Today's Groupon prettifies any part—big or small, tall or short, blond or brunette, square or circle—at Element Day Spa, an Aveda salon and spa in Charlestown. You get $125 worth of any service, salon or spa, for $50. Element offers seven different types of massages (a Swedish is $85 for an hour), six different facials (the classic Aveda facial is $50 for 30 minutes), waxing (a Brazilian is $65), manicures ($25), haircuts ($45 to $65), hair color ($65+), and more.
Cherry wood work stations and lush hardwood floors surround Paul Mitchell grad Jessica Levesque as she restores vivacity to bland strands with haircuts and applications of color using products by Paul Mitchell and Pravana. The salon's menu brims with indulgent spa services, which range from shellac manicures to facial waxing for lips and brows. Jessica specializes in creative coloring and ombre hair coloring, and prides herself on listening to customers in hopes of providing the look they want.