Healing Hands 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.
Whatever Healing Hands Massage lacks in size, it makes up for with compassion. The owners bill the space as a "mom and pop" massage studio and muscle-management center, where therapists greet every client with warmth and a strategy for relief. Depending on their needs, clients can choose from Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massage or combine the modalities. The therapists will tend to problem areas with the appropriate techniques, addressing sore spots, knots and kinks, or injuries incurred on the field or while holding up the team's bus as the quarterback changed the tire. Healing Hands offers massages in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute increments.
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 staff at The Face Place & Spa performs pampering services in a homey space that embraces clients with cushy couches, pillows, and Victorian-style cerulean chairs. Aestheticians polish frontispieces with skincare services that include 75-minute facials with Yonka and Repechage products, peels from Environ, and ultrasonic microdermabrasions designed for deep resurfacing. Nail techs gussy up digits with standard and Shellac polish, as well as paraffin treatments that moisturize hands damaged during sandpaper origami sessions. Makeup services artfully adorn features with Jane Iredale cosmetics, and waxing and massage tend to the rest of the body.