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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

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

M.Y. Salon & Day Spa's staff knows how to pamper everywhere from the temples to the toenails, ensuring that clients leave feeling confident and relaxed. The stylists can design fetching new looks by cutting, coloring, or texturizing tresses, and the aestheticians revitalize countenances by incorporating nourishing ingredients like seaweed extract or crumbled meteorites into their facials. Nail and waxing treatments also keep clients looking sharp. Massage therapists extend care to beneath the surface, using Swedish, deep-tissue, or orthopedic techniques to help relieve muscular tension and improve mental clarity.

1100 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington,
MA
US

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

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

Amid peach-hued walls, Carriage House Salon & Spa’s team of stylists and aestheticians lavishes patrons with hair, skin, and nail treatments. Under beaming track lights and sun rays pouring in from floor-to-ceiling windows, hairdressers tend to tresses on the salon floor, where locks can be snipped off or coiled into occasion-ready updos. Nail stations brim with much more than polish, as many treatments can be supplemented with a warm paraffin wrap that hydrates skin and eases discomfort endured by people with arthritis. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists unfurl knotted shoulder and neck muscles. During facials, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products and techniques stimulate lymphatic systems and dress skin in natural plant and mineral extracts brought to the spa by a friendly wood nymph.

33 Church St
Cambridge,
MA
US