Like the staff-designed folk art and jewelry displayed in its boutique, the spa services at Studio 137 Salon are informed by a unique artistic vision. During each beauty treatment, staffers channel their aesthetic savvy through each client's personal style to craft an image that befits its wearer. Hairstylists' sensibilities overflow into everything from simple haircuts to full cut, style, color, and retexturizing overhauls. Aestheticians brush away blemishes and skin imperfections with the help of pharmaceutical-grade Pharmagel products, and mani-pedis complete head-to-toe beauty transformations with OPI polish. In addition, full-body massages soothe sore muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques that untie knots quicker than shouting "Fire!" during a game of Twister.
The Dharma Connection's warm-hued studio space looks out onto the graceful tree limbs of the nearby woods, inspiring students to bend, stretch, and reach through a diverse schedule of yoga classes. Instructors accommodate students of all skill levels by ensuring each pupil gets individual attention and hands-on assistance during sessions, guiding attendees toward correct form and alignment as they develop the stamina, flexibility, and hokey-pokey skills that accompany regular yoga practice. Challenging Vinyasa Flow classes help more experienced students channel their inner power into a kinetic sequence of fluid transitions, engaging muscles and connective tissues alike as cleansing body heat helps purge toxins through sweat. Mindful attention to physical alignment and mental long division characterize Hatha Yoga sessions, where instructors usher students through a more meditative posture series that emphasizes breath awareness. Alternately, Pilates classes target the abdominals with an invigorating regimen of exercises intended to chisel slender, toned musculature without adding the bulk caused by arm wrestling neighborhood gorillas.
The beauticians at Miss Mary Cosmetics & Day Spa perform facials, waxes, nail treatments, and lash-extension applications. The spa's brazilian manicures infuse nails with keratin to help moisturize hands and strengthen nails. During brazilian pedicures, clients slip on booties lined with a blend of six revitalizing moisturizers. Sundry waxing treatments for the face and body remove unwanted hair, a great way to prep for the beach or develop empathy for eggs.
Salon Evolution turns back the hands on youth's clock face with rejuvenating salon-and-spa services. Skilled stylists stand eagerly poised to tame beastly head nests with customized cuts and styles crafted to the specifications of each client's whimsy. The Dermalogica anti-aging facial uses a customized selection of the professional line's lineup of age-fighting products to soothe and restore skin to a younger-looking splendor. An invigorating Dermalogica cream then penetrates the skin to give fine lines and wrinkles a final punch of elasticity. Alleviate aggravating muscle aches and return your aura to its infant vigor with a 60-minute Kriya massage, which launches a full-body attack on tension with a blend of massage modalities including swedish technique, acupressure, deep tissue, trigger points, shiatsu, reflexology, and energy work.
"I literally lie awake in bed at night dreaming up my next theme service, or solving a skin care problem for a client. I know I am nuts, but I really love my job," Painted Red Nails owner Jessica Mahler says on her online bio. Mahler has been taking nail care very seriously since the age of 10, when she set up an informal manicure shop in her family home. She soon began competing in advanced nail-care competitions, taking home a national championship six years later. After graduating high school, she became a licensed instructor of cosmetology, and even went on to train under German podiatrist Katherine Vongavel. The certified master pedicurist also opened two Painted Red Nails locations to further fuel her all-consuming passion for nails and beauty. Her intensity has paid off—the flagship Osterville site was the winner of Cape Cod Life's 2010 Best Day Spa award.
One service that may have been a product of Mahler's late-night musings is the waterless manicure. Since she believes that warm, soapy water is not beneficial for the skin around the nail, she opts instead for a blend of moisturizing, natural oils that allow for longer-lasting polish applications. During pedicures, she makes sure to use non-greasy moisturizers that are absorbed into the skin, instead of sticking around to block sweat glands and sabotage attempts to pirouette barefoot across polished wood floors.
Mahler and her team also offer waxing, massages, makeup, and facials at the Mashpee location. Many of them are certified to perform Dr. Hauschka skincare treatments, which use lymph stimulation to create radiant, refreshed skin.
Inspired by its surroundings, Cranberry Nail Spa devises treatments that are grounded in a sense of place. The signature spa manicures and jelly pedicures incorporate enzymes as well as fruit acids derived from cranberries, exfoliating the skin with products inextricably linked to the region's berry-laden bogs. From there, they can beautify fingers and toes with some more traditional spa products, including CND acrylic extensions and chip-resistant Shellac gel polishes. The facial treatments can hydrate and cleanse cheekbones with organic blends of fruit-, herb-, and vegetable-based skincare products. Cranberry Nail Spa’s team doesn’t neglect the bulk of the body, though; therapists render massages using modalities from shiatsu and qi gong therapy to deep-tissue pressure and putting one of those vibrating alarm clocks that can walk on your back.