The "five" in Five At Peace Massage Studio represents the five senses, each of which is systematically awakened during the spa's sumptuous facial, massage, and body treatments. The sounds of classical music, rhythmic beats, and crashing waves suffuse the treatment rooms and lobby with their calming, mesmeric influence, encouraging clients to begin the relaxation process like a starting gun loaded with aromatherapeutic blanks. A complimentary glass of tea, coffee, or wine fills the nose and taste buds as the liquids energize and relax in preparation for the spa pampering ahead. As an aesthetician performs decadent coffee- or chocolate-infused body treatments, clients breathe in the sweet and smoky aromas and unspool tension while their skin is exfoliated and plumped with moisture. Exotic massages spur achy muscles toward healing, including sports-specific therapies and a Thai herbal compress, during which the massage therapist applies cloth soaked in a warm herbal mixture to the joints to help boost mobility by easing swelling and loosening too-tight connective tissue. Aestheticians turn their healing hands to the face, where rhythmic cleansing can work to purge congested skin during the detoxifying facial, or bring back a youthful glow during treatments such as the caviar-and-pearl facial, a favorite with clients showing signs of aging or turning into a sea lion.
Situated on the verdant, castle-like grounds of the Radisson hotel, Synthesis Spa cultivates a tranquil haven for its all-encompassing roster of skincare and aesthetic treatments. Aestheticians recruit customized microdermabrasion, facials, and powerful Comfort Zone skincare products to help combat signs of aging and overly indented dimples. They can also outline simple, at-home skincare techniques to keep freshly refurbished façades glowing as brightly as a lava lamp inside a supernova. While therapists' hands glide over tense muscles with organic, 100% jojoba oil during soothing massages, spa staffers further gussy up epidermises with thorough mani-pedis, makeup applications, and hair-removal services that employ Bombshell strip wax and Azulene hard wax. To bolster relaxation, Synthesis Spa grants guests access to the Radisson's Atlantis Sports Club, a full-service facility brimming with calming accoutrements. Patrons can singe calories with cardio equipment or a dry sauna before diving into heated pools that, like the best-trained houseplants, reside both indoors and outdoors.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 250 locations across 21 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to sunbeds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the sunless, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
A makeover doesn't have to involve a drastic haircut, a new wardrobe, or a new government-supplied identity. That's why BG Makeovers Advanced Skin Care & Spa co. focuses on simple skin solutions. Inside the beauty hotspot, aestheticians treat a wide range of skin issues with their services. Blackheads and dull skin are no match for the manual exfoliation, extractions, and brightening mask included in the BG luxurious signature spa facial. Age spots, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone are visibly reduced thanks to the micro needling pen, which stimulates collagen and elastin production. Acne and skin redness decrease with the Osmosis facial infusion, a gentle peel that employs the high-quality Osmosis skin care line.
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.
If you've never been to a Healthworks gym before, today's Groupon is just for you (sorry, regulars). It gets you a "class pass," which lets you attend classes at any of Healthworks' five locations: Back Bay, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, or Salem. You can also use the locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools. Work out, then relax in the bubbling waters and daydream about how good you'll look when bathing suit season rolls around. And because Healthworks is women-only, Larry Leering and Stanley Stare-Master won't be around to ogle you as you bust the moves.