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.
Synthesis Spa at Atlantis's professional aestheticians coax glowing skin to the surface with modern microdermabrasion treatments and Italian skincare products. During each approximately 45-minute session, a certified skinsmith utilizes an ultra-fine spray of medical-grade crystals and vacuum pressure to gently remove the face's oppressive outer skin cells, heralding a new age of pore democracy. The noninvasive, nonsurgical procedure jump-starts sluggish blood flow, resurfaces bumpy dermal highways, and helps undo Father Time's handiwork by fading fine lines, age spots, and scars. Microdermabrasion results in no downtime, though skull-jackets may appear rosy post-procedure. Synthesis Spa at Atlantis's skin experts recommend eight treatments for an epidermis that's as soft and alluring as a bunny in a Ferrari. The included spa fee of $25 entitles Groupon holders to use the entire facility.
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.
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 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds 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 UV-free, 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.
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.