The staff at A & J Beauty and Day Spa can embed bliss in any part of the body with a lineup of massages, facials, body wraps, and nailcare services. Massage therapists deliver Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone treatments with the help of aromatic creams and oils or unscented products that leave less of a trail for hounds to track. Facials are customized to each client's particular skincare needs, and the selection of body wraps includes a seaweed body wrap, an exfoliating body mask, and a Parafango mud treatment. For nailcare, technicians perform manicures and pedicures and offer Shellac, a no-chip gel with a mirror-like finish that lasts for two weeks.
You're laying face down, unsure of what to expect, when you catch a scent. It?s vaguely familiar, but you can?t pinpoint it before the therapist begins massaging your back and shoulders. The lotions and oils seep into your skin and their aromas rock your mind to a sleep-like state. The therapist arranges heated stones along your spine, and, like an electric blanket in a lightning storm, your back suddenly warms, allowing your muscles to complete the transition from tense to relaxed. The next hour flies by.
The hot-stone treatment is just one of five relaxing massage treatments mastered by the licensed staff at A & J Beauty and Day Spa. Aromatic or unscented oils accompany each custom service, be it an indulgent 80-minute Swedish massage or an in-and-out 30-minute mini treatment. The team doles out just as many facials, soothing and rejuvenating both men and women with products tailored to individual needs, and annihilating signs of acne or aging with the needle-free CarboDerm therapy. Their body wraps cocoon clients in seaweed or masks that energize the lymphatic system and firm and tighten physiques, and their mani-pedis incorporate skin-softening paraffin wax and no-chip shellac polish.
Zen Zone Acupuncture and Spa’s original menu of services included traditional acupuncture and Chinese herbal-medicine treatments, but has expanded over the past five years thanks to a growing team, which includes a medical director who is also a plastic surgeon, an acupuncturist/herbalist, and a laser specialist. The team now treats clients with dermal fillers and detox programs, wields the Candela GentleLase laser to remove unwanted hair, and supervises a smoking-cessation program to wean clients off nicotine. Massage therapists deploy hot stones and natural essential oils to relieve aches and pains, and those trained in Chinese and Japanese acupuncture aim to erase facial wrinkles, soothe digestive issues, and rebalance people who feel off-kilter.
Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.
On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.
Center founder Victoriya Arakelyan and her small staff of aestheticians, laser technicians, and yoga instructors dedicate themselves to bolstering clients' confidence with treatments to rejuvenate bodies inside and out. As the center's medical director, Dr. Joseph Russo uses his expert eye and years of experience to oversee technologically enhanced aesthetic services that range from advanced laser treatments that remove hair or stretch marks to Ulthera-brand noninvasive sound wave anti-aging treatments and Botox injections. Traditional spa services such as facials and more than five massage modalities can be tailored to meet clients' specific needs, including tight muscles or acne. To further bolster a relaxing experience, vibrant yellow walls line Brookline's spacious office, complemented by burnished hardwood floors that lead to private treatment rooms outfitted with advanced aesthetic equipment.