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.
Tucked inside the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, The Spa at Atlantis tends to world-weary guests tired after a day of splashing around the CoCo Key Water Resort, as well as local bodies dropping by for a simple day of pampering. Experienced massage therapists revive fatigued muscles and increase flexibility through a variety of modalities, incorporating hot stones into many styles to ease deep-seated aches and keep newly lightened spirits from floating away.
Facials blend cleansing and toning tonics to calm acne or aging skin and leave mugs well-moisturized with custom masks, and OPI polishes enliven digits after nails and cuticles are meticulously groomed and softened with lotion or exfoliating sugar scrubs. After working up an appetite by way of relaxation, clients can also opt to enjoy a light spa lunch of café sandwiches and salads or test out new feathered hair extensions by taking flight to the nearest pizza parlor.
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.
Jessica has always believed that touch can have great power on another person. Her education at Boston's Cortiva School of Massage solidified this. Under the guidance of professional therapists, she learned the mechanics of the human body, as well as healing techniques such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, and deep-tissue pressure––all of which are available out of her East of Heaven Massage practice.
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.