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.
Owner Ali Bourgault’s signature deep-tissue and energy-balancing massage is a sample of the services offered at A Healing Vibration. After softening recalcitrant muscles with a blend of deep-tissue and Swedish massage kneads, Ali targets deeper problems, recalibrating bodily energies with a multipart regimen that includes reiki, polarity therapy, a foot soak, and a chakra clearing. Bourgault—a licensed massage therapist who has received certification for holistic massage and deep-tissue therapy from Spa Tech Institute—employs this blend of traditional and unorthodox techniques to help alleviate her clients’ pain, stress, and fatigue. To complement her holistic ways, she also makes dream catchers, jewelry, and skincare products that are crafted from natural and organic ingredients whenever possible.
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.
Massage therapists understand the importance of keeping muscles happy. At Natural Living Massage and Wellness he keeps bodies ready for feats of athleticism or everyday work, healing through multiple massage modalities, including craniosacral therapy.
When The Spa at Stonehedge was looking to expand its service menu, it was inspired by an unexpected source: a wine cellar. The spa is part of the Stonehedge Inn, a woodlands resort that has one of the largest collections of wine in New England. The destination’s wine experts were well aware that wine grapes carry high levels of antioxidants, an element commonly used in antiaging products. So, the spa began incorporating Olavie’s Le Vin skincare line, which is harvested from the seeds of chardonnay grapes grown in Burgundy. The products are used in treatments such as the Wine Barrel soak, a hydrotherapy bubble bath with aloe vera and botanical extracts, as well as the Vino massage, in which a massage therapist kneads skin with antioxidant-rich massage oil.
The appointment-only spa is outfitted with loads of amenities, including an all-weather pool, tennis court, and private sunbathing deck. The space is built from European marble, and its skylights let sun pour down from the high ceilings. Guests can create all-day packages that include lunch, with elegant menus including a shrimp caesar salad with truffle dressing and sommelier-selected wines.
The licensed massage therapists at Life Healing Spa send stress the way of the corded phone. As far as other things susceptible to knots, staff members take the kinks out of muscles by rendering six Westernized treatments, such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. But they also offer Chinese-style therapies, including cupping and gua sha therapy. During gua sha, a therapist pressures the skin in strokes with a round-edged instrument to decrease the visibility of small red petechiae, called "sha," in two to three days.