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.
Certified Natural Health Practitioner Victoria Bender, owner of Vscentials, integrates her ancient healing practices and cutting-edge modern technologies into custom treatment plans. In addition to shepherding bodies toward well-being with Swedish, deep-tissue, acupressure, and prenatal massages, she performs reflexology treatments on hands, feet, and ears as the therapeutic scents of essential oils waft through the air. During these reflexology sessions, she draws upon the time-honored idea that reflexes in the extremities can, like the undeniable rhythms of the Macarena, exert influence over the entire body. Otherwise, during more contemporary treatments, she relies on targeted microcurrents that she believes may have the power to rejuvenate sagging faces, alleviate chronic pain, and balance bodily energy flow. To ensure personalized service, she begins each appointment with a consultation to discuss unique physical maladies.
At Atir Natural Nail & Skin Care Spa, manicures aren’t meant to be a simple indulgence. Instead, the staff focuses on the belief that beautiful nails are healthy nails, combining the usual services of trimming cuticles and applying polish with added attention to maintaining hands’ natural wellness. They moisturize the skin, remedy cracked cuticles, and soften calluses, restoring the damage caused by constantly walking on your hands to avoid waking the downstairs neighbors.
Working exclusively with natural nails—no acrylics here—Atir’s technicians cover four bases: hydration, maintenance, protection, and polish. Since each client’s nails are different, each manicure begins with an in-depth consultation, after which may prescribe everything from a moisturizing dip in paraffin to a hand treatment that fights signs of aging or abuse from gardening, beanstalk-climbing, or other repetitive hands-on jobs. Pedicures are just as in-depth, incorporating six types of botanical pedicures infused with such fruits as pomegranate and blood orange, and services such as heated foot wraps and massages help sap tension from well-traveled soles. Beyond natural skin care, the spa also soothes the skin with natural treatments, including chemical peels and waxing.
New England Cosmetic Surgery's warm and expertly trained staff proffers their own brand of safe and relaxing cosmetic care for clients of all skin types. Helmed by board-certified surgeon Dr. Steven Margolis, visitors can rest assured that all services are performed in a medically sound and supervised environment. A glycolic chemical peel ($85) sloughs off dead skin to reveal the smoother and shinier knight armor hidden below. Alternately, a microdermabrasion treatment ($150) mechanically harnesses the power of crystals to lend new meaning to the term “new age,” rendering a youthful and even-toned exterior through exfoliation and pore reduction. With minimal discomfort and downtime involved, customers can quickly resume their day-to-day activities, like working, hitting the gym, and actually hitting the gym with a novelty-sized boxing glove. New England Cosmetic Surgery customers may also receive 20 percent off tumescent liposuction with free consultation.
Owner Ali Bourgault’s signature deep-tissue and energy-balancing massage is a sample of the services offered at A Healing Vibration. After softening recalcitrant muscles with a blend of deep-tissue and Swedish massage kneads, Ali targets deeper problems, recalibrating bodily energies with a multipart regimen that includes reiki, polarity therapy, a foot soak, and a chakra clearing. Bourgault—a licensed massage therapist who has received certification for holistic massage and deep-tissue therapy from Spa Tech Institute—employs this blend of traditional and unorthodox techniques to help alleviate her clients’ pain, stress, and fatigue. To complement her holistic ways, she also makes dream catchers, jewelry, and skincare products that are crafted from natural and organic ingredients whenever possible.
A practicing physician for close to 30 years, Dr. Gert Walter ensures his patients are in safe hands with his board certification in emergency medicine. He built upon his vast experience in wound repair and skin healing and entered the field of aesthetic medicine, training at the Anti-Aging Institute in Texas. He also underwent advanced studies of Vaser technology—to such a degree that he was asked to train other medical professionals via webinar. Dr. Walter has earned numerous awards, press mentions, and recognition for his work, including being named a diamond provider of Botox Cosmetic and Juvéderm in the Allergan Partner Privileges program in 2012. Business partner and fellow staff member Stephanie Liatsis, RN, also trains physicians and nurses in administering cosmetic injectables.
Along with their specialized training, Dr. Walter and the medical team at Medical Aesthetics of New England use state-of-the-art equipment and medical-grade products to restore patients' youthful appearances. They employ the nonablative Affirm Multiplex laser to perform laser skin-tightening treatments, and the Cynosure Elite system to remove unwanted hair and brown spots.