While most kids hope to smell freshly baked cookies when they walk through the front door, Jannell Brown's two children may be more likely to arrive home to the fragrance of homemade soaps and bath bombs. Brown––a state-certified science teacher, massage therapist, and owner of the green-leaning Sol Spa––has been teaching kids and adults to concoct their own spa products for decades, and creates custom blended recipes for customers in her spa's onsite spathecary. She combines her signature sugar scrubs, herbal toning creams, and natural lotions with natural and organic potions from lines such as Pevonia, and blends them into indulgent treatments ranging from manicures and pedicures to massages that incorporate heated Cape Cod beach stones.
The spa's soothing services cater to the needs of kids, teens, and adults, and prompted the editors of Cape Cod Life magazine to call it the best day spa in the lower cape in 2010. The garden-like interior combines calming green plants and a peaceful, oceanside mural that doubles as a backdrop for impromptu revivals of South Pacific, while an in-house boutique brings the focus back inland by showcasing the work of local artisans.
The licensed massage therapists at Oasis Massage bring their clients a sense of tranquility through massage, aromatherapies, and spa skincare treatments. Massage modalities include standard Swedish and deep-tissue, work as well as specialty massages such as Thai massage, prenatal work, and candle massage, which uses an essential-oil-based soy candle as oil and lotion to soften skin. Staffers use a different blend of oils during aromatherapy, which works to alter both the mood and cognitive function during a spa treatment.
During facials, aestheticians use a six-step process that includes an acupressure facial massage and application of products. Alternatively, when they perform a body scrub, skin professionals exfoliate the surface with Dead Sea salt, nourishing clay, and jackhammers.