The astute beauty specialists at Allure Salon & Spa pamper physiques with a variety of services, employing OPI polishes and skin revitalizing masks. During the 30-minute manicure, nail technicians will trim cuticles and massage hands to relieve the tension built up from time spent in oppressive chinese finger traps. Fingertip artists then dress nail canvases with bright or subdued brushes of OPI lacquer. The 60-minute spa pedicure kicks off by trimming and shaping the toenails and tending the cuticles, before lavishing hooves with a rich, exfoliating sugar scrub. Clients choose a green-tea, mint-eucalyptus, or mud mask to grace each foot's face, and gently let down callouses before evicting them from skin surfaces. Foot friends massage toes, arches, ankles, and calves and finish the revitalizing treatment with a colorful polish. Meanwhile, patrons seeking to de-fuzz skin surfaces can opt for a Brazilian wax, leaving bikini zones as smooth and brilliant as Socrates's figure-skating routines.
At Bio-Detox Center, Dr. Debra Graham relies on natural medicine and traditional naturopathic methods to address a wide range of issues. Certified through the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, Dr. Graham employs the latest technology to safely and comfortably flush out toxins. She also provides ionic footbaths, weight-management services, and hair-and-mineral analyses, which use hair samples to reveal a patient’s individual vitamin requirements, disease trends, and more.
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.
Named some of Worcester’s Best Massage Therapists by Worcester Mag three years in a row, Revitalize Massage Therapy's resident back kneaders unwind tense muscles with an array of massages. Revitalize's specialties include deep tissue, which focuses on localized pressure; Swedish, which employs lighter, muscle-skimming strokes; and trigger-point therapy and myofacial release. Therapists treat dorsal extremities to the client's choice of techniques for a 60- or 90-minute service as soothing as a lullaby whispered by Darth Vader.
Tucked away in the historic Exchange Hall, Massage Sanctuary's skilled massage therapists use a diverse palette of bodywork techniques, along with a variety of healing arts workshops and classes, to try to improve the health of their clients. Massage Sanctuary director Julie Duffy traveled throughout India for almost two years, studying alternative natural therapies, which she now incorporates into her treatments. Massage therapist Emily DuRussel, meanwhile, has performed massages for Boston Marathon and Pan-Mass Challenge athletes, as well as for cancer patients through her specialized training in oncology massage. Massage Sanctuary also hosts workshops from visiting teachers in Taoist healing, yoga, and other treatments.
When she established Health & Healing Massage Therapy, owner and licensed massage therapist Karen Nugent envisioned a place where clients could maintain all facets of their health—mind, body, spirit, and eyebrow flexibility. In service of this dream, she assembled a team made up of seasoned massage therapists, a Native American shaman, and an acupuncturist, who now flaunt their skills in a unique assortment of therapeutic treatments ranging from therapeutic massage to craniosacral therapy to reflexology. Several of the therapies can even be merged in tandem sessions in which two therapists and four hands combine massage with reflexology, reiki, or finger-puppet therapies.