As its name implies, East West Massage Therapy uses body-work techniques from around the world to relax and heal clients. Their team of licensed massage therapists specialize in relieving muscle and joint tension using a variety of massage modalities, including deep-tissue and neuromuscular massage, as well as Eastern modalities, including joint-mobilizing Thai massage and high-pressure shiatsu. Reiki masters and body workers, meanwhile, employ other traditional Eastern medicine and chiropractic techniques to relieve pain. Semi-private yoga classes help visitors take an active role in their relaxation without having to pen their own self-help books. Clients can also unwind in an on-site dry-wet cedar sauna, where the traditional process of pouring water over super-heated rocks creates therapeutic steam.
The staff at Galina’s European Skincare takes the term “golden glow” literally. One of its specialties is the Golden Glow mask, a moisturizing blend of oat peptide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and 24-karat gold dust. This sparkly treatment boosts collagen production and moisturizes skin so that faces look fresher and better able to guarantee a currency. Though not all of the spa’s services incorporate precious metals, they do work to improve the look and feel of skin. The staff members can suggest a combination of facials, peels, microdermabrasion, and anti-aging LED therapy to combat each client's particular skin issues. They also perform manicures and pedicures, apply eyelash extensions, and remove hair permanently using electrolysis.
The luxurious services at La Residencia Spa have earned plenty of buzz. Among its many media nods, the spa was also named Best Day Spa of 2011 and 2012 in Boston Magazine. Aiming to keep its name at the top of that list, the haven’s professional soothers welcome guests into their elegant space with nail treatments, waxing, massages, and customized skincare. Makeup applications and airbrush bronzing imbue faces and limbs with flattering hues, and body treatments leave no area left without exfoliation, massage, and hydration.
More than two decades of experience teams up with futuristic medical-grade technology to beautify clients at Vasso Skin. In addition to traditional spa services such as facials and waxes, the spa treats skin irregularities such as cholesterol deposits and skin tags with noninvasive Lamprobe treatments. The spa also keeps holistic specialist Janine Gilarde on retainer for Japanese reiki sessions. This form of massage employs light touch to redirect energy, ridding clients of stress and anxiety, much like a trained falcon rids people of their toupees.
MiniLuxe's stable of pamperers ensures sanitary and up-to-date beautification services by receiving regular consult from podiatrists and doctors, and autoclaving their instruments to achieve 100% sterilization. The 30-minute basic manicure shapes, buffs, and colors nails more quickly than dipping digits in melted copper and letting them rust. During the 45-minute KleanSpa fig and fern pedicure, technicians massage paws with a Blue Hawaii specialty scrub and hydrating lotion inflected with the scents of fresh figs, lush ferns, and vanilla. Alternatively, feet steep in paraben-free LaLicious-brand essential oils and scrubs during a 45-minute LaLicious sugar kiss pedicure, a blend of citrus, rose, and vanilla. Friendly staffers perform each service, answering lingering questions about nail maintenance or calluses shaped like Ronald Reagan.
Bella Le Spa shapes, restores, and adds hues to clients’ nails with custom manicures and pedicures. In a one-hour pedicure, a talented digit decorator trims and tidies talons, halting the advance of cuticles and adorning them with a fresh coat of Essie or OPI polish. Nail technicians also exfoliate feet, apply a moisturizing mask, play a quick round of “This Little Piggy,” and administer a relaxing leg-and-foot massage. Then fingernails begin their 30-minute beautification process, during which manicurists pare, polish, and pamper fingernails with care and precision. Bella Le Spa’s friendly staff members perform these ministrations while evincing preternatural levels of hospitality and showing off an impressive collection of prehistoric Chinese finger traps.