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Lorrain Lombardo-Shapiro is a medical clinical aesthetician and kundalini yoga teacher. The diversity in Lorrain's resume speaks to the way Bella Faccia Skin Care and Wellness Spa operates: a combination of clinical and holistic care used to achieve cosmetic beauty and self-confidence. The center's marquee services are its customized facials, which are designed to address each client's unique skin needs and are supplemented by 10-minute relaxation treatments. There's a whole slate of organic facials as well that incorporate a variety of nourishing ingredients in service of a radiant face: organic cherry, green tea, grape seed masks, and wild rose bub. Bella Faccia takes the same holistic approach to harmonizing mind and spirit with body treatments such as visual meditation and Reiki energy healing.

516 Broadway
Everett,
MA
US

The wellness specialists at Ultimate Spa by Adela immerse clients in restorative treatments with body-, skin-, and nail-care services. The team works to target facial services for specific skin types, ensuring that each face receives proper exfoliation, hydration, and cleansing products. In addition to nourishing clients’ natural masks, the team performs body treatments such as reflexology, aromatherapy, and sea-mud therapy to help boost circulation and overall wellness. Waxing and massage-therapy services are also available to help clients remove unwanted hair or gain enough flexibility to fix the leak under the sink and finally stop swimming inside the house.

315 Main St
Melrose,
MA
US

A licensed massage therapist rejuvenates bodies from head to toe. During the Swedish massage, nimble fingers usher in relaxation and send oxygen coursing through limbs with flowing effleurage strokes. Stubborn knots surrender to firmer pressure from petrissage strokes, which are usually used to soothe turtles too stressed to leave their shells. Tranquil bodies peel themselves from the massage table and reposition for a mud mask that mines clogged pores and a nourishing salve that refreshes delicate tissue around the eyes. Feet slowly submerge in a simmering paraffin wax bath to round out the 90-minute sojourn, lingering in the warm pool until calluses soften and toes finish playing Marco Polo.

16 Bradlee Road
Medford,
MA
US

Since 1885, Dillons Russian Steam Bath has been steaming stress out of its patrons, making it one of the oldest traditional Russian baths in the United States. Using the time-honored methods of the banya, Dillons' steam chamber seeks to subdue stress and tension with heated granite rocks, billowing steam, and sponges of cold water for invigorating dousing. At its balmiest, the upper bench of the steam room can reach as high as 180 degrees, promoting a healthy, skin-softening sweat and a bevy of ulterior body benefits.

77 Chestnut St
Chelsea,
MA
US

Skin & Body Works

Facials are the marquee treatments at Skin & Body Works, and the skin care professionals conduct each one with unhampered focus and an array of Murad products. Take, for instance, the hydrating facial. During this revitalizing treatment, the staff cleanses, exfoliates, and massages the skin in preparation for vitamin and hydrating masks that provide deep moisturization. Or, the super-c facial, which uses masks, serums, and a customized vitamin C treatment to nourish the complexion and fight signs of aging. Beyond facials, the staff also specializes in three methods of hair removal. Electrolysis and laser hair removal treatments are performed with state-of-the-art equipment, whereas skin-waxing techs follow strict sanitary practices that include utilizing disposable wooden applicators and bulldozing each table between appointments.

77 Holland St
Somerville,
MA
US

Massages and hot tubs are two of humankind's favorite ways to unwind, and Inman Oasis offers both. Voted "Best Massage" by The Phoenix readers for six years running, the business is home to a team of licensed massage therapists that delight in hearing their clients sigh under their capable hands. The staff specializes in more than 10 types of massage covering everything from basic relaxation to Shiatsu, Tui Na, and cranio-sacral therapy. Down the hall of the feng shui studio lies the hot tub area, where clients retreat to enjoy the relaxing and joint-restoring benefits of hydrotherapy. Those looking for serenity can soak in one of two private tubs: a seven-foot fiberglass tub boasts hydraulic jets for arthritis therapy, while a Japanese-style wooden hot tub is ideal for those in search of a more serene soak. Also made of wood, a community tub comfortably fits up to seven people or seventy escaped lobsters, and massage customers can call ahead to reserve a spot for a pre- or post- kneading soak.

243 Hampshire St
Cambridge,
MA
US