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.
At Carriage House Salon & Spa, stylists beautify clients’ hair with haircuts and highlights and massage therapists ease aches with soothing heated stones. Aestheticians perform lavish spa manicures, moisturizing cuticles and finishing nails with OPI lacquers.
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.
Over the last 10 years, Skin Essentials Med Spa & Hair Salon owner Kelly Davis has prettified more than 1,000 faces with the SofTap permanent-makeup technique. She sidesteps the racket and pain of traditional tattoo-machine methods to gently apply the pigment with a hand tool, giving her absolute control to craft a subtle lip shape or a seductively arched brow. Guests can find similar attention to detail in the spa's repertoire of other beautifying services, from simple mani-pedis to advanced exfoliation peels that obscure signs of aging. Injections of Botox or Restylane keep skin surfaces as smooth as a pancake, and full-body scrubs and masks treat the whole physique to ensure that even your Achilles' heel embodies a beauty that belies its vulnerability.
The rustling of palm trees as tradewinds blow through them, the scent of saltwater carried in by rolling waves—nothing quite matches the carefree feel of a day on a beach in Hawaii, which is perhaps why The Wellness Journey Studio's owner Denise Baker-Bradley named her massage offerings after beaches on the tropical islands. But since she believes therapeutic massage therapy is not just for relaxation, these sessions have a therapeutic spin and can increase energy by lowering blood pressure. They can even improve sleep patterns better than keeping a closetful of sheep. During the Papohaku massage, for example, she rolls rods of bamboo over muscles to relieve deep-seated tension. For the celebrity facial massage sauna, she uses facial massage therapy techniques to reduce signs of aging. Before each stroke, she warms the massage oil, as clients stretch out beneath soft sheets and a soundtrack of beach sounds lulls them into a state of calm as deep as the ocean. The studio is located off Route 24 in Brockton.