Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.
Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.
Indulge Salon and Day Spa offers a mélange of spa services within its sprawling and serene confines. Led by owner and movie-makeup artist Stacy Brewer McLarty, a skilled squad of professionals lies in wait to pamper patrons. The 60-minute microdermabrasion facial is a non-invasive yet effective method of getting up close and personal with pores. A trained technician unleashes an exfoliating treatment that collides with stale skin cells, which are shattered and swept away to reveal the ravishing, rosy glow inherent to the human face. Although this simple, nearly painless procedure generally requires no down time, some may experience short-term redness and flaking. Whether prepping for an important event or seeking improved aerodynamic flow during porpoise races, faces can find their heart's desire thanks to microdermabrasion.
Licensed aesthetician Jacqueline Dube expresses her passion for restoring natural beauty through a host of pampering spa services. A non-invasive microdermabrasion treatment uses the gentle patter of fine crystals and a light suction to admonish age spots and excavate layers of dead skin soil, unearthing a rejuvenated sheen and stores of buried jellybeans. After a simple 30-minute treatment, skin feels smoother, and compliments penetrate the outer layers of derma more easily.
Amid Tip Top Nails' bright-green walls and leafy plants, trained staffers perch at more than six stations to perform traditional manicures and pedicures along with elaborate acrylics. They are also wise to the ways of durable Shellac polish, body waxes, and synthetic eyelash extensions.
The medical team at New England Eye and Facial Specialists uses innovative technology to create personalized plans of care that treat optical and epidermal ailments. Board-certified ophthalmologist Adam Beck—a former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School—improves eyesight with procedures such as LASIK or PRK laser corrective surgery. He is assisted by optometrists Chris Brown and Kristin Stanley—Brown's specialties include pediatrics and contact-lens fitting, and Stanley has trained extensively in the treatment of dry eye, a condition caused by reading too few Nicholas Sparks novels.
New England's resident physician assistant performs a variety of aesthetic treatments, including microdermabrasion, Botox and dermal fillers, and Pellevé, an FDA-approved radio-frequency laser system that tightens skin. She employs the Reveal Imager to assess skin issues and develop custom solutions, and her advanced laser systems remove hair from or repair damage to virtually any skin type.
Between launching city-centric websites like Cambridge Uncommon and Salem Uncommon and teaching journalism classes at Cambridge Community TV, freelance journalist Sam Baltrusis wrote his book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub. In its pages he reveals 300 years of city history and ghost stories. He details unexplained sounds and hovering objects seen inside the Hub’s dorm rooms, apparitions witnessed on the Boston Common, and a colonial British solider glimpsed on the tracks at the Boylston station. His deft pen has also led him to become a regional stringer for The New York Times and his second book, Ghosts of Cambridge: Haunts of Harvard Square and Beyond hit shelves in September 2013.
Not content with relegating his words to the page, Sam also brings them to life through seasonal walking tours. Guides lit by handheld lanterns lead guests through the shadowy streets of downtown Boston. They divulge stories of murder and recall Cambridge's ominous history. They also answer questions such as which Harvard hall is the most haunted, which area church is home to the ghost of a British redcoat soldier, and which famously mustachioed ghosts are just wearing fake mustaches. The founder's literary background shows through on the tours, too, which are peppered with the lore of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allen Poe. When he's not guiding in-person guests, Sam doubles as a paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's, "Haunted Encounters" and on Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio.