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.
Donna Pagliarani opened The Dharma Connection in 2009, and, having already experienced a life-changing yogic journey of her own, designed the studio as a space for others to set out on similar explorations. Today, Donna and her staff of certified instructors conduct classes every day of the week. They teach a variety of styles, including Hatha and Vinyasa flow, leading students of all skill sets to look inward for mental wellness or swallowed house keys. When not affixed to their mats, the facility's staff runs seasonal workshops and special events. The studio also offers various wellness services, such as therapeutic massages, along with body-contouring treatments, such as detoxifying wraps.
At each of HealthSource Chiropractic's more than 400 locations throughout the country, doctors, licensed massage therapists, and physical therapists work together to treat and prevent chronic aches and pains while helping clients increase their overall wellness levels. By combining chiropractic adjustments with strengthening therapy in a technique the center dubs "progressive rehab," specialists can both ease pain and take steps to ensure it doesn't return. This chiropractic treatment incorporates whole-body wellness, not only treating back pain, neck pain headache, sciatica, fibromyalgia and other common concerns, but also focusing on prevention, wellness, and nutrition to help clients achieve optimal health.
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.
"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.