At Active Edge Massage Therapy, the licensed massage therapist doles out soothing 30- to 90-minute massages. Plying her trade inside Sports Junction, she administers massage treatments that include calming Swedish-style sessions. Able to help relieve various types of shoulder pain, backaches, and muscle tension, the treatments also induce relaxation in guests weary after a long day of work or an unsuccessful nap on a shark-infested waterbed.
Housed within an inviting red-brick home, Cassandra’s Family Salon and Day Spa ushers clients into spacious rooms filled with natural light. Hair services commence at sleek white porcelain shampooing stations, and facials and body-sculpting treatments transpire in private treatment rooms dimmed by sturdy curtains. The salon also comprises a toddler-friendly playroom with books, toys, and a racecar activity rug where kids can get an early start on parallel-parking skills.
Licensed massage therapists with a minimum of 10 years' experience each knead curmudgeonly knots and help correct postural imbalances with massage modalities influenced by a variety of international techniques. In Tribal sessions, therapists grab bamboo sticks to smooth out tight muscles and communicate lullabies to sinews via Morse code. Zen sessions employ hot stones and towels soaked in green tea and essential oils to release deep muscle tension and restore bodily balance. Specialists pour warm, organic coconut oil over stressed sinews to facilitate the Cashmere massage while calming nerves, fighting fatigue, and softening skin to hush sensitive sweaters. Clients revel in deep-tissue primordial pampering during the Ancient of Days massage, which is performed on a floor mat and combines Fijian barefoot massage with Thai, Hawaiian, and Persian techniques.
Melissa Johnson loves to make women feel gorgeous. It's a passion she cultivated in her native Boston, where she trained at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, racking up 100 hours training in eyelash application and earning certification from Xtreme Lashes. In that time, Johnson learned how to analyze the anatomy of each eye and how to tailor applications to each client's cheekbones, jawline, and second nose. The schooling paid off, with her talents meriting features in Boston Weddings magazine and on styleboston television.
Today, Johnson runs Glance in Concord. During the same lash applications that took Beantown by storm, Johnson attaches individual semipermanent extensions to each of the client's natural lashes, adding volume and definition like a book-of-the month club that only offers dictionaries. On the other end of the hair spectrum, Glance smoothes skin with a host of waxing services. To extend the beautification to the entire visage, Johnson is currently building a menu of invigorating facials that already includes the PYT facial, which wrangles electric currents that infuse faces with botanical palliatives to send wrinkles packing.
At Enlightened Therapeutic and Prenatal Massage, licensed massage therapist Kristina Casini is certified in pre- and perinatal massages, helping women find relief from discomfort during and right after pregnancies. She also employs Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, and utilizes smooth stones heated in water to further alleviate aches. Special add-ons to her massages include an organic sugar-scrub hand treatment and aromatherapy.
At Touch of Good News, located within Head 2 Toe Salon and Spa, licensed massage therapist Teresa Still helps her patients overcome aches and stress with a range of therapies. Her massage repertoire includes Swedish, hot-stone, and scalp techniques, as well as moisturizing treatments.