Marcelle Racine, the certified massage therapist at Boston Empowerment and Wellness Center, kneads tension out of anxious backs and shoulders during one-hour Swedish massages. Employing a series of long strokes, gentle pressure, and encouraging pats on the back, Marcelle works to alleviate pain and improve flexibility. While the muscle mender manipulates dorsal landscapes, clients relax, allowing their bodies to take part in a mélange of health benefits, from bolstered blood flow to increased tissue regeneration to more effective immunity against diseases and dive-bombing pigeons.
If someone attacked a student of America's Best Defense Easton, they’d be in for a devastating surprise, probably in the form of a fist to the face or a knee to the groin. The gym’s black-belt instructors make sure students know how to defend themselves, offering a variety of programs that specialize in self-defense and fitness. They lead specialty krav maga classes that teach students the same fighting style used by Israeli Defense Forces, which focuses on subduing one or multiple attackers quickly and efficiently, whether they are unarmed or wielding weapons. Instructors also specialize in muay thai kickboxing, kids' karate, and adult martial-arts programs that blend styles such as karate, muay thai, grappling, and wrestling.
SpaRenity Day Spa's nail techs pamper and polish appendages during relaxing manicures and pedicures. During the classic manicure, a technician shapes nails and curbs boundary-crossing cuticles, leaving fingertips shapely and smooth. Nail specialists then massage a moisturizing cream into hands and apply a choice of traditional polish. Alternatively, a cured coat of Shellac gel polish can protect fingernails with a glossy, chip-free coat of armor for up to two weeks. Prior to the classic pedicure, clients ascend a cushioned throne to soak feet in a softening bath. After treating nails and cuticles, staffers exfoliate soles, knead tension out of arches and suspension bridges, and daub nail beds with polish. Dainty curtains separate the pedicure room from the salon quarters, sequestering patrons in a space with richly padded armchairs and soft, golden light.
Through loyal customers and enthusiastic referrals, the skincare specialists at Essentials Laser & Med Spa refresh skin and slather on the relaxation in a soothing environment. While friends and family members relish facials and massages, technicians target sagging skin, prickly fuzz, and unwanted lumps with laser beams, Botox, and medical-grade steamrollers.
At Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy, certified colon therapist Lori DeLang guides clients through cleanses of their digestive systems using the comfortable and modern Angel of Water system. Clients will receive an initial consultation before receiving the thorough cleansing treatment. Lori ensures that patients are comfortable during the 30–40 minute treatment, which gently voids the bowels of toxins and homework dating back to grammar school. A disposable nozzle introduces purified water into the lower digestive tract, softening and loosening matter so that it may exit the body freely. Call ahead or email Lori to schedule your colon-hydrotherapy appointment or to talk candidly about your favorite daytime soap opera.
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.