The beauty pros at Polished Day Spa make multitasking look easy with their signature fassage. A facial and massage in one, the fassage begins with a Swedish back and leg rub and finishes with a skin-cleansing facial that includes a face, neck, shoulders, hand, and foot massage. They also go à la carte, divvying up the services into 30-, 60-, or 90-minute massages or visage-rejuvenating ministrations, such as microdermabrasions, peels, or facials that use Keyano Aromatics products. Keeping appendages appeased, manicurists groom hands and feet during mani-pedis and estheticians remove unwanted hair using french green azulene wax.
The Natural Path’s certified and licensed staff soothes bodies with custom massages and gently cleanses intestines with colon hydrotherapy. Opt for the massage, and licensed therapist Annette Cormier will spend 60 or 90 minutes coaxing muscles into a relaxed state with the client's choice of massage modality. The Swedish massage unfurls long, gliding strokes to soothe stress, a deep-tissue session aims to work out serious knots, and a pregnancy massage can ease joint pain caused by carrying around the weight of a growing baby or a codependent watermelon.
While studying alternative medicine, Wilson Cruz became fascinated with the body's ability to regenerate, and explored how massage therapy aids this process. Soon after earning his massage therapy license, he opened Get Centered Muscular Therapy Studio where he manipulates clients' physical structures into healing themselves through personalized massage sessions. He draws from the multiple techniques in which he's been trained to customize each session to increase circulation and improve range of motion. Neuromuscular therapy increases flexibility and improves stamina while speeding up post-workout recovery, and the strokes of deep-tissue massage work to loosen scar tissue and lengthen muscles so clients no longer have to sleep hanging upside-down.
Products by brands such as Pharmagel, Aquage, Sexy Hair, Moroccanoil, Vavoom, and Essentials jump into clients' hair and hands at Lakeside Hair Boutique and Day Spa. That's because the stylists use them during hair services, but also make them available for sale in the boutique. It's not just high-end products that refresh guests, though. It's also the facials, hair extensions that last up to one year, soothing massages, and luxurious manicures and pedicures. So, in addition to stylists who re-imagine hair-scapes by using Japanese hair-straightening techniques, nail technicians host clients in cozy black leather thrones during mani-pedis. The latter might involve shiny shellac gels that last for up to two weeks without chipping or fading. Elsewhere—in private rooms—massage therapists work away knots and pent-up stress. Their methods include specialized Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone, and aromatherapy massages, as well as just playing a tambourine on your back.
Caroline Harris has always been fascinated by the relationship between mind, body, and spirit—a relationship she's forged through her experiences as a professional dancer and psychology student. She strives to heal all three facets with her deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai massages. As she kneads out mental and corporeal aches and stresses, her nimble hands also help to increase circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, and improve range of motion.
Walking through the minimal, dimly lit interiors of Invidia Salon and Spa may feel like walking through a dream. Ultramodern floral wall sconces and chandeliers fashioned from branches illuminate hardwood-floored hallways that split off into dark rooms filled with plush couches. In the central hall, studio lights cast dramatic beams onto swiveling salon chairs positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, each aligned in two rows flanking a central stone fireplace.
Here in the multimillion dollar 10,000-square-foot facility, stylists sculpt new ’dos and colorists add hues to locks. Aestheticians smooth skin with customizable facials rich in vitamins and natural extracts, and laser technicians boost collagen with LED light therapy and laser facials.
In private spa rooms, equipped with fireplaces and temperature-controlled beds, therapists imbue a sense of calm with massages and Reiki. In the Vichy shower, clients treated with mud or fruit body wraps recline on a cushioned bed while multiple showerheads work to clean their skin.
Esha Washington describes herself as a cancer-conquering, God-loving, beach-bumming, jewelry-making mother of two with a passion for roller coasters, indoor skydiving, and of course, massage therapy. Her experiences, like her interests, have been diverse. She graduated from UMass Boston with a degree in business, and after 20 years as a successful realtor, decided she wanted to change people's lives more directly; that's when she took up therapeutic bodywork. She attended the massage program at Salter College, where she learned relaxation techniques such as hot-stone therapy, deep-tissue massage, and napping in a kangaroo pouch. Today all can seek Esha's expertise of her own Head to Soul Therapeutic Massage clinic.