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.
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.
At A Touch of Therapeutic, nationally certified massage therapist Jon Devlin helps free frazzled muscles and release the body’s full potential for movement. A student of advanced myoskeletal-alignment techniques, Jon customizes body treatments to the needs of the client while drawing from a broad array of services. Deep-tissue and myofascial sessions treat chronic muscle tension, and neuromuscular and craniosacral techniques help calm and restore balance to the body.
Since 2006, licensed massage therapist Jacqui Magaletta has dismissed tension and pain from shoulders and backs with deep-tissue kneads, trigger-point therapy, and other techniques. At Intuitive Touch Massage, she rounds out the spa experience with pampering details including customized aromatherapy. She also incorporates therapeutic stretching and soothing heat into each massage.
Blush Salon and Spa's seasoned, licensed staff revivifies hair, skin, and nails with an all-encompassing lineup of beautifying services. Clients sip complimentary wine, coffee, or tea as stylists chop and color tresses with aplomb and technicians sheath meticulously manicured nails in shellac gel or gold-plated thimbles. Spray-tanning and makeup applications enlist airbrush technology to waft color onto epidermises, and soothing massages oust pent-up tension. Sleek black furnishings contrast the salon's vibrant blue walls, which are bedecked with colorful artwork and an alabaster floral sculpture.
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