Armed with a toolbox of soothing techniques, the staff at TL Massage Therapy offers 10 different styles of massage and spa services. Inside private treatment rooms, therapists subdue stress by covering tense sinews with hot lava stones, aromatherapeutic essential oils, and kittens.
Sunlight floods the main salon area at Maria Francesco Salon & Spa, illuminating classic black styling chairs and oversized framed mirrors. Here, hairstylists style the locks of men, women, and children, cutting off overgrown strands and enhancing shine and color with foil highlights or tinted flashlights. Across the way, nail technicians are busy at work. Other than buffing, shaping, and polishing finger- and toenails, they soften skin with warm paraffin wax. Aestheticians administer eight kinds of facials inside the space’s private spa rooms, including classic European facials and condition-specific services for acne, rosacea, or teenage skin. Once skin is free of dirt and oil, the team can wax hair from both the face and body.
Amid peach-hued walls, Carriage House Salon & Spa’s team of stylists and aestheticians lavishes patrons with hair, skin, and nail treatments. Under beaming track lights and sun rays pouring in from floor-to-ceiling windows, hairdressers tend to tresses on the salon floor, where locks can be snipped off or coiled into occasion-ready updos. Nail stations brim with much more than polish, as many treatments can be supplemented with a warm paraffin wrap that hydrates skin and eases discomfort endured by people with arthritis. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists unfurl knotted shoulder and neck muscles. During facials, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products and techniques stimulate lymphatic systems and dress skin in natural plant and mineral extracts brought to the spa by a friendly wood nymph.
The massage therapists at Happy Feet Spa are firm believers in the theories of reflexology, which hold that certain points on the feet correspond with the health of the entire body. They employ reflexology and pressure-point techniques during foot-massage sessions that last up to two hours and have drawn praise from the likes of Stuff Boston. Each treatment begins with a foot soak, and clients are welcome to enjoy beverages and fresh fruit during treatment or request use of the semi-private VIP room to bit tearful goodbyes to long-held stress in the arches of their feet.
Enhancing Mother Nature's spiritual flow, Green Tea Yoga energizes chakras and enlivens aspiring yogis with a rotating schedule of seasonal 60-, 75-, or 90-minute classes. Green Tea Yoga's experienced instructors guide twisters and toners through a series of poses to help to strengthen postures and limber up limbs. EarthSky yoga, a moderate-intensity class, brims with Vinyasa flow techniques such as bending, stretching, and controlled breathing. Students in search of a more intense course can slide into a Forrest yoga session, and moms-to-be can partake in a prenatal course or the Momaste class, designed to help to relieve stress and shake off lingering fears of toddlers taking over the world. Occasional children’s classes are also offered throughout the year.
Live orchids flourish amid the dark-chocolate and caramel tones of Gentiana Salon Spa Boutique, where Gentiana and Christopher Watts lead a trained team of stylists in performing haircare, facials, and bodycare treatments. The team performed hair and makeup services for many of the competitors in the 2011 Mrs. Massachusetts pageant, and they utilize Jealous haircare products with botanical extracts along with restorative L'anza products to keep each of their client's locks healthy. They offer specialty facials with pure essential oils, deep-exfoliating natural enzymes, and potent antioxidants to brighten skin while also improving tone and texture. With their therapeutic deep-tissue massage treatments, the team addresses particular injuries or conditions resulting from improper posture or tendencies to juggle medicine balls.
During service sessions, owner and stylist Amanda Furnari doesn’t just sit back and watch her team work—she rolls up her sleeves, pulls out her shears, and gets to work. As an industry veteran with more than eight years of experience, Furnari carries certifications in SoCap and Balmain hair extensions as well as Schwarzkopf color. And it’s these types of skill sets that helped her salon win Salem/Beverly’s Best Hair Salon by Market Surveys of America in 2011.
Furnari and her fellow female stylists bolster natural beauty with salon services that include color treatments, hairstyling, waxing, and makeup applications. And as they work their magic, the team members take clients to cloud nine thanks to the salon’s sky-blue walls, soft, white salon chairs, and famous glass elevator that goes to nowhere.