On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.
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It may be small, but Novo Visual Beauty Salon contains everything customers need to get ready for a night on the town or enjoy a simple afternoon all to themselves. Hair, nail, and waxing experts share the cozy salon space, which is filled with the sound of style-setting blow dryers, frantic scissors, and friendly chatter in both English and Spanish. The salon's specialty is custom cuts and color services for the whole family, but those in search of something extra will find the staff equally adept at perms, relaxers, and keratin treatments—which help to calm frizz and get hair back into its skinny hats.
G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.
Essence Fragrance Lab tickles discerning noses with its fragrances and blendable scents. A custom scent can be created with more than 300 perfume oils, including carnation, blue lilac, cedarwood, coconut, and more. Once base notes, middle notes, middle base notes, upper middle notes, and top notes are selected, the head perfumer concocts each creator's body bouquet on-site for immediate neck dabbing. Each oil is alcohol-free, perfect for sensitive skin, allergies, and adding to tiramisu intended to be sold at a children's bake sale.