Muscle Management Massage’s scheduling book never has back-to-back appointments. So if someone has a 60-minute deep-tissue massage at 1 p.m. with licensed massage therapist Howard Dodd—who is also a certified personal trainer and lead instructor of the massage program at Lincoln Technical Institute’s Brockton Campus—there won’t be a Swedish massage at 2 p.m. with Dodd, however, appointments would be available to schedule with another licensed massage therapist. This scheduling approach allows the clients to enjoy their massage service without feeling rushed out the door. Adding to the comfort, the staff can customize its kneads to alleviate pain, tension, and ailments from common sports injuries, such as spraining a muscle or mistaking a bowling ball for a basketball and trying to dunk it.
Mellisa Rollins, owner of MelliSPA, offers private beauty treatments by appointment only. This rule allows her and her staff to focus their completely on each client during each custom organic facial, full-body waxing, or massage. Committed to using natural and organic products when possible, Mellisa employs aroma and herbal therapies that draw on ancient herbal wisdom. For example, her hair-removal services eschew artificial waxes for all-organic ingredients such as amber honey, which is the same substance that bees use to remove fuzz from their abdomens.
At MelliSpa, aesthetician Paula Bartorelli nourishes complexions naturally. Drawing from a diverse background in advanced clinical skin care treatments and natural healing, her facials use high-quality GlyMed Plus and Prima Fleur Botanicals products. Her services often change with the seasons—for instance, a pumpkin-enzyme peel in the fall—but she also performs classic facials customized for aging, acneic, and dry skin.
At Nutrapy, owner and director Jimmy Chung and his team promote internal wellness and external beauty in a tranquil, eco-friendly environment. Chung addresses physical aches and pains not only as a licensed massage therapist, but as a reiki master and certified polarity therapist, specializing in energy work designed to facilitate healing. For the well-being of their clients and the environment, he and his staff perform services using organic products wherever possible, nourishing faces with the Éminence Organic Skin Care line and pampering nails with toxin-free polish. Chung is also working on his master's degree in Chinese medicine, so it's no surprise that the center also offers Eastern-based services such as acupuncture and tai chi classes. Located in the South Shore, Nutrapy also features a raw herbal dispensary and has tested 200 medicinal herbs.
Before treatments even start, Nutrapy helps guests feel calmer and more centered as they walk into the holistic haven, which is decorated with orchids and soothing brown and blue-green earth tones. Once inside, patrons relax in pipe-less pedicure spas that resemble overstuffed recliners, or on a cushy suede couch in the candlelit relaxation room. In the corner, a small, rock-bordered pond teems with bright orange fish and features a soothing waterfall that gurgles Beatles classics.
The Face Place’s client-centered skincare specialists prettify earthly edifices with surface-sprucing services inside a cozy cabana of chassis restoration. A classic facial refurbishes frontispieces weathered from stress, age, or radioactive cheese fondue with essential oils. Meanwhile, a 60-minute pedicure pampers human paws with a sugar-butter scrub, a calf-cooling leg-and-foot massage, and a sole-swaddling hot-towel wrap that feels akin to donning a pair of fluffy, fresh-from-the-dryer croissants.
Spa Ujala’s aestheticians strive to reinvent clients' appearances through custom combinations of organic or botanically derived products. During the facial treatments, they can slather cheekbones with antioxidant-filled seaweed, organic mud masks, or balms with enough vitamin C to get through the next orange strike. The spa's body wraps also seek to leave skin soft and vibrant by first nourishing it in a bath of coconut, mung bean, and lavender. For an even more tactile experience, the massage therapists unravel knots near the surface of muscles by using gentle, flowing Swedish strokes. They also utilize deep-tissue techniques or hot stones to delve a bit further into the musculature.