You're laying face down, unsure of what to expect, when you catch a scent. It?s vaguely familiar, but you can?t pinpoint it before the therapist begins massaging your back and shoulders. The lotions and oils seep into your skin and their aromas rock your mind to a sleep-like state. The therapist arranges heated stones along your spine, and, like an electric blanket in a lightning storm, your back suddenly warms, allowing your muscles to complete the transition from tense to relaxed. The next hour flies by.
The hot-stone treatment is just one of five relaxing massage treatments mastered by the licensed staff at A & J Beauty and Day Spa. Aromatic or unscented oils accompany each custom service, be it an indulgent 80-minute Swedish massage or an in-and-out 30-minute mini treatment. The team doles out just as many facials, soothing and rejuvenating both men and women with products tailored to individual needs, and annihilating signs of acne or aging with the needle-free CarboDerm therapy. Their body wraps cocoon clients in seaweed or masks that energize the lymphatic system and firm and tighten physiques, and their mani-pedis incorporate skin-softening paraffin wax and no-chip shellac polish.
The patient care subsidiary of The New England College of Optometry, New England Eye is an emporium of eyeglasses and sunglasses that specializes in exceptional eyecare and community outreach. The eye-friendly organization showcases more than 2,000 frames from 30 top brands, including Coach, Giorgio Armani, and Silhouette ($150–$350 for complete eyeglasses). The aesthetically trained optical curators at New England Eye can help you find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, Jeopardy ability, or fashion sense. Pick up a pair of Ray-Ban aviators ($160) or elegantly accent your façade with Coach or Oakley designer sunglasses ($200–$250), which can be upgraded to prescription lenses in the VIP booth for an additional $120.
For the dentists at Community Family Dental, prevention is paramount. Comprehensive exams and x-rays help them customize treatment plans to head off any mouth-centered maladies. When corrective treatments are needed, the staff stands at the ready to perform implant surgery or root canals or to cosmetically enhance teeth with Invisalign and whitening treatments.
The expert dentists at Westbrook Family Dental inspect mouth pearls to make sure they comply with fire and safety codes before buffing them to a luminescent sheen. During the exam, gum gumshoes scan for signs of trouble in the form of tooth decay and oral diseases, helping to nip maw flaws in the bud. Then panoramic and bitewing x-rays leave cavities no place to hide, exposing their anti-teeth agenda before it can spread to denture haters across the country. The visit concludes with a thorough removal of tartar and plaque above and below the gum line and a polishing that awakens dormant chomper luster. The dentists are particularly sensitive to patients with anxiety about dental care, putting together a list of tips that includes bringing a music player to listen to during treatment and speaking to the dentist beforehand to allay concerns.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Laser hair removal
Brands Used: Cynosure Elite Plus
Pro Tip: Our air cooling system allows for better patient comfort.