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.
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.
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.
Live orchids flourish amid the dark-chocolate and caramel tones of Gentiana Salon Spa Boutique, where Gentiana and Christopher Watts lead a trained team of stylists in performing haircare, facials, and bodycare treatments. The team performed hair and makeup services for many of the competitors in the 2011 Mrs. Massachusetts pageant, and they utilize Jealous haircare products with botanical extracts along with restorative L'anza products to keep each of their client's locks healthy. They offer specialty facials with pure essential oils, deep-exfoliating natural enzymes, and potent antioxidants to brighten skin while also improving tone and texture. With their therapeutic deep-tissue massage treatments, the team addresses particular injuries or conditions resulting from improper posture or tendencies to juggle medicine balls.
The highly trained staff at HLC Med Advanced Laser and Skin Care harnesses futuristic technology and its own line of products for services that heal, rejuvenate, and beautify. In the guffawing face of father time, technicians roll up their sleeves and unholster their lasers, blasting away acne scarring, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation with the Radiancy SpectraClear system. A chilled-tip laser uproots party-crashing hair from any skin type, and a Q-switched KTP YAG laser sends sun spots packing. Custom chemical peels stimulate cell renewal and collagen production to fill out fine lines, and radio-frequency devices firm up skin and smooth out cellulite. The center also offers services for men, including laser treatments for razor bumps, back-hair removal, and a gentleman's facial that moisturizes faces more effectively than head-butting Poseidon.
For $30, today's Groupon gets you a revitalizing facial or deluxe mani-pedi at the new Spa de Mar (a $100 value), located at 50 Ferncroft Rd. in Danvers. Though Spa de Mar's in a perfect location for northern sububanites, city dwellers will need to take a calming drive through the pastoral Massachusetts countryside (well worth it for this deal). If you've got friends in the area, alert them via skywriting, air horn, or carrier pigeon that today's deal gets them a whopping 70% off a relaxing spa treatment. After all, a mani-pedi is even better when you make a girls' outing of it.
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.
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