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.
Atlantis Sports Club knows that people are more likely to reach their fitness goals if they enjoy their workouts. That's why every element of their spacious gyms is designed to create an experience that will leave members with restored and refreshed minds and bodies. From the moment visitors step into the elegant locker rooms to the point they kick back in a relaxing steam room, they encounter up-to-date equipment and stylish design elements. Members can pump iron with state-of-the-art machines and free weights, or join others for group fitness classes such as energetic Zumba, intense body sculpting, and mind-centering yoga. Certain locations bring an even better treat?the Nashua club features an outdoor pool and a patio, for instance, while the Cambridge location furnishes a junior Olympic size salt-water pool that sits beneath a retractable glass roof.
Licensed massage therapist Victoria Wintersteen breaks down knots and tension with a full menu of massage techniques. Before kneading and mollifying muscles and clearing minds of stressful launch codes, Victoria consults with clients and helps them select from such modalities as deep tissue, Swedish, and reflexology. Victoria customizes strokes to accommodate individual body types as she glides her soothing strokes through high-quality lotions and massage oils, leaving backs more relaxed than a weeping willow in a hot tub.
True to the salon's name, the stylists at Bella Naturale Organic Haircare Salon rely on all-natural products to beautify their clients. From the coloring agents to the conditioners to the styling products, everything is 100% vegan. This contemporary view of styling also extends to the services themselves. Each stylist is in tune with all the latest trends in cut and color, and can seamlessly tailor a cut to the individual's unique features.
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.
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.