Although Maria Lekkakos still possesses the beauty that helped her earn the Miss Massachusetts USA title in 2004, she's far from intimidating—Stuff Magazine calls her "chatty" and "down-to-earth." The outgoing celebrity aesthetician spends her days running a salon and spa that features an ambitious lineup of services. Voted Best Facial of 2010 by Northshore magazine, each facial treatment comes with a skin consultation from a knowledgeable aesthetician, a blend of marine botanicals from Thalgo, and a chorus of "oohs" from wrinkly Ronald Reagan masks. Maria's ability to return skin to glowing youthfulness has drawn attention from Boston Common Magazine_ and a large celebrity clientele that includes Salma Hayek, Leslie Bibb, Rosario Dawson, Brooke Shields and Maria Bello.
An elegant palace of pampering greets pore proprietors to Maison Esthetique Christiane Bourque Spa, where indulgence and rejuvenation is the norm. Relax in the lounge and perk up the dermis with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea before the helpful, friendly staff whisks you away for the classic European facial ($80) and classic pedicure ($45) treatments. Close your eyes and relax as a master aesthetician uses traditional techniques to deeply cleanse the pores, exfoliate dead skin cells, and massage the skin during the 50-minute facial. The treatment will restore the frontispiece to a fit and bright disposition, sealed in its shiny fate with a creamy, rich mask personalized for your skin type and favorite Tony Danza character. Equal care is lavished on the lower paws for the classic pedicure. An exfoliation will stimulate shoe-fillers while a deliberate polishing of the toe chapeaus leaves them feeling dapper, bright, and spry atop feet feeling soft and silky.
Licensed massage therapist Laura Broderick of Solstice Massage & Bodywork rejuvenates muscles, minds, and epidermises with soothing skincare and massage services using hand-forged, 90% organic 9th Scentury products. During the sugar-scrub treatment, clients select from three scented formulas with essential oils such as chamomile, bergamot, or rosewood. A circuitous scrub exfoliates away dead skin cells and sketches landing targets for sugar-plum fairies, followed by a moisturizing lotion and warm toweling to soften legs, arms, backs, and stiff pinkies. A customized 30-minute Swedish or deep-tissue massage unbraids knotty tissue with long, gliding strokes or deep, targeted pressure to unleash chronic tension buried in muscles. Massage benefits bodies by stimulating circulation and bolstering the immune system, and by lowering blood pressure, which explains why traffic cops typically sentence road-raged drivers to massage therapy.
Though all licensed massage therapists work to ease their clients' everyday stress, Christine Sortwell also seeks out the medical issues that cause pain. She holds certifications in illness-focused modalities such as arthrossage, which treats arthritis pain, and oncology massage, which seeks to ease cancer pain. She is also skilled in medical massage and rotator-cuff-release technique. Christine customizes each of these medically focused massages to her clients' needs and rubs away muscle pain using individualized blends of lymphatic drainage, Swedish, therapeutic, and chair massage techniques. During each session, she asks the patron for constant feedback on the massage's pressure and enhances the benefits with touches such as a heated massage table, locally produced BC Essentials aromatherapy blends, and an audiobook dispelling most legends about hook-handed asylum escapees.
The massage therapists at Happy Feet Spa are firm believers in the theories of reflexology, which hold that certain points on the feet correspond with the health of the entire body. They employ reflexology and pressure-point techniques during foot-massage sessions that last up to two hours and have drawn praise from the likes of Stuff Boston. Each treatment begins with a foot soak, and clients are welcome to enjoy beverages and fresh fruit during treatment or request use of the semi-private VIP room to bit tearful goodbyes
to long-held stress in the arches of their feet.
The bodywork experts at Bella Vita Massage Spa take an integrative approach to their treatments, melding musculoskeletal pampering with techniques that also soothe the spirit. They are trained in modalities such as classic Swedish and deep-tissue massage, as well as prenatal massage for mothers-to-be and hot-stone massage for stressed out geologists. Reflexology sessions direct focus to the hands and feet, whereas extraction-less facials cleanse and moisturize the complexion.