The diverse team of practitioners at Eternal Balance helps to tune out the chatter of the outside world and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit with reiki, massage, and private yoga services. The intimate healing studio, tucked away in the Cummings Center, contains a private massage treatment room where the therapist tenderizes sore muscles and unties braided tendons with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques.
A nearby classroom hosts groups of students during life-enhancing workshops, such as The Art of Natural Breathing. The studio's owner, Olga, a trained reiki practitioner and yoga instructor, concludes each session with an improvised haiku to brighten each client’s aura.
An airbrush-tan appointment at Perfect Touch begins with a ritual color selection, when you will be able to choose your desired shade of gold, bronze, or zirconium. Next, clients are escorted into the spray chamber, a tent that tanners can enter nude or clothed in the bikini or bloomers of their choice. An airbrush-wielding technician then evenly glazes the dermis with a cool mist of dye, and in less than 10 minutes the ghostly emerge embronzened. Perfect Touch's dye is quick drying (so there is no need to pat dry, wear dark clothing, or wrap oneself in a rain-shielding armor of cellophane post misting) and contains a high ratio of brown to red tones to prevent orangeing and preserve an authentically human glow.
Purple Scorpion uses exquisite art or stylish jewelry to fulfill the desires of those looking to transform their bodies into billboards advertising pure cool or its oddly aftertasted counterpart, diet cool. Describe your Platonic-ideal tattoo design to one of Purple Scorpion's courteous, considerate, and fully licensed artists, and they'll needle your creative vision into inky reality, just as they've done for everything from fire-breathing dragons to Bill Cosby piloting an F-16. Purple Scorpion also stocks a vast array of aftercare products, including H2Ocean, to keep your freshly punctured skin nourished, healthy, and comfortable. Tattoos start at $80, and prices vary based on the size, complexity, and placement of the body art.
Tranquility Massage and Spa is lead by Janet Owen Estella, who in 15 years as a massage therapist has appeared on TV, been interviewed in New Perspectives Magazine, and worked for the Massachusetts Chiefs AAA baseball team for her therapeutic skills. She also studied aesthetics and herbal medicine, and she integrates all of these skills and experiences into her treatments at Tranquility Massage and Spa.
In her lovely spa—between a gas fireplace and views of the Bass River—the experienced staff doles out therapeutic massages, full body exfoliation treatments, and energy work. The staff treats neck and back pain, headaches, chronic pain, sports injuries, and sore muscles. Knowledge of botanical medicine informs aesthetic treatments—as they use natural plant enzymes to draw out the skin’s radiant colors during the Tranquility enzyme facial.
Glitter tattoos. Nail art. Costumes. These are just some of the shimmery items A Girl’s Place’s stylists load up their cars with when bringing the party to a birthday girl or teen's home. They sling goody bags over their shoulders, tote along hair tools and style books, and brandish palettes of face paints that can cleverly disguise the family dog as a teen pop star. Extras, such as candy buffets and edible crafts, can embellish pre-curated party packages, while themed soirees can focus on topics such as face-painting, dancing, or American Girl dolls.
Under the direction of owner and stylist Erica Duke, the staff at Alfonso Hair Salon transforms limp strands into face-flattering hairdos. With experience and training gleaned from Paul Mitchell, Keune, and Wella classes, stylists revamp tresses with highlights and full color. Other services include deep-conditioning treatments and color glossing that helps breathe new life into follicles that have lost their tone due to excessive exposure to the sun or glow-in-the-dark scrunchies. The salon’s services extend beyond hair to include shellac manicures and waxing treatments.