No matter how deeply Nicole and David DeRosa dive into the world of beauty, they always look to one thing for inspiration: family. Their spa's name itself is a combination of Nicole's and her sister Jolene's—but that doesn't mean the DeRosas define family by blood alone. Nearly 70 stylists and aestheticians fit under that umbrella term, giving spa nijoli & salon a homey feel while drawing upon a diverse array of talents rather than just one uncle who claims he can fix a hairdryer. And the summation of such experience is a well-rounded spa that Boston Magazine crowned Best of Boston in 2011 and 2012.
The family feeling is infectious. Guests wandering into spa nijoli & salon sink into the warmth of autumnal tones and antique furniture that play on their nostalgia while massage therapists oust stress and skin technicians return a youthful glow to their face. To keep spa escapes from being dominated by children running around everywhere, spa nijoli & salon offers a daycare service through the neighboring Latitude Sports Club.
Within Moksha Spa and Wellness Center's 5,000 square feet of tranquil, Asian-themed space, staffers inspire well-being with holistic therapies. Reiki healing aims to clear blocked energy pathways, and shirodhara?an ancient ayurvedic technique in which herbal oil flows over the forehead while a staff member massages the face, scalp, neck, and shoulders?calms the body and mind. Couples enjoy candlelight and a rose-petal bath in the massage room, where therapists wrap bodies in organic exfoliants or detoxifying clay.
The spa radiates with color, from brilliant oranges and yellows in the reception area to vibrant red sofas with metallic accents. Cheerful lime-green walls surround the pedicure room, where guests ascend to a cushioned and tiled throne for foot pampering and scepter filing.
Within a tranquil, ocean-themed spa, licensed massage therapist Carol Parker and a team of professionals reduce stress with a variety of massage modalities and refreshing spa add-ons. Parker continuously builds on the education she acquired at The Salter School to bring relief to weary muscles. In addition to standard modalities such as Swedish, sports, and hot stone, Parker practices shiatsu finger-pressure massage and heat therapy with warmed seashells or seared T-bone steaks. Therapists light candles and play soft music to set a tranquil ambiance for couples massages and tailor hand movements to alleviate discomforts during pregnancy services. To heal the community in a more figurative sense, Parker regularly donates her therapeutic services to athletes raising money for charitable causes.
After clocking in 900 course hours at the Salter School, massage therapist Kendra Retalic now spreads her knowledge of holistic massage therapies with clients in her practice and at charity events. Whether rehabilitating muscles with the compression and stretches of a sports massage or indulging in a soul-soothing reiki session, clients lie upon a padded massage table undressed to their comfort level as Kendra's healing hands serenade their musculoskeletal system for one commercial-free hour. She also taps into the skin-smoothing powers of Dead Sea mud, paraffin wax, and oiled hot stones to rejuvenate exteriors.
Riverside Massage transcends the script of standard spa services by theming their massages and facials around one of the world's most relaxing spots: the ocean. Tropical fruits such as papaya, lime, and coconut sweeten refreshing facials customized to each client's skin, and masks made from Dead Sea mud cleanse pores by absorbing oil and sebum. Inside private treatment rooms, licensed massage therapists administer sand dollar Swedish massages, angler deep-tissue massages, and the jellyfish shiatsu.
There are more than 1,300 species of acacia trees in the world, known for the medicinal quality of their leaves. It’s this sense of holistic healing that Mildred Benitez hopes to evoke with her soothing massage therapy. In the comfort of her cozy studio, Mildred can promote relaxation with flowing Swedish strokes, or use deep-tissue strokes to access lower-layer aches. Pre- and postnatal therapies are also available for expectant mothers and those who play them on TV.