The Republic of Wellness?s massage therapists come from Brazil, Belarus, and across New England, but they're all united by a single philosophy: the human body can heal itself. In helping it regain its natural balance, they take inspiration from ancient traditions from around the globe, including acupuncture, yoga, Swedish massage, and reflexology, a style that, much like four-limbed applause, places pressure on the extremities. The Quincy studio immediately muffles the worries of the outside world with a waiting room lined with well-loved Oriental rugs, overstuffed chairs, and amber-shaded lamps.
At Shabu Restaurant, diners take dinner preparation into their own hands, creating edible masterpieces of Japanese cuisine with little more than a bubbling soup pot and platters of shiitake mushrooms, vermicelli noodles, morsels of tender steak, fish cakes, and squid. Within the cozy 50-seat dining room, glowing cylindrical chandeliers cast light on sleek ecru furniture and lavender-tinged orchids, while simmering vessels offer up the savory scents of MSG-free broth. In the outdoor Japanese garden, guests sip wine and sake amid the sounds of rustling bamboo leaves, burbling water, and a Japanese deer scare chasing away skittish dumpling thieves.
Masters of all things relaxing, Massage Works' licensed therapists can switch from one massage style to another midsession, bestowing the benefits of multiple modalities onto muscles. Deep-tissue and Swedish sessions release entrenched toxins with gentle, flowing strokes and kneading pressures that evict muscle tightness and help minds let go of deadlines and 1940s baseball stats. During couples massages, dueling massage therapists compete to see whose patient achieves total relaxation first.
Helmed by owner and president Dr. Ann Doggett, the dedicated doctors at Wholebody Solutions aim to encourage natural health in their clients. During a 60-minute therapeutic Swedish massage, an experienced therapist use natural oils and long, soothing strokes to knead away muscular farmer’s loops and slipknots. After this gentle procedure, bodies shed the burden of aches and pains caused by giving gorilla piggyback rides. Guests who would rather renovate their frontispieces can treat themselves to one of four organic facials employing the all-natural powers of Naturopathica, Dr. Ann’s preferred skincare line. The licorice-laden Sun Repair facial reverses the lingering effects of solar kisses, while the Acne Treatment soothes excitable complexions in teens and adults. The customized moisture drench utilizes rich replenishing creams and antioxidant-loaded black currant oil to boost skin’s natural radiance. Like the bottled tears of Father Time, the Pure Results facial utilizes sweet cherry, pear fig, or pumpkin enzyme peels to reverse the effects of an aging façade.
The certified practitioners at New England Muscular Therapy master a range of therapeutic treatments to extricate clients from the burden of painful musculoskeletal conditions. Clients release sighs of relief as massage therapists release taut muscles with fingers made nimble from hours of practice and marathon rounds of cat?s cradle. Acupuncture and herbs work to restore the body?s balance, especially in tandem with the practice of tui na, a traditional Chinese form of massage focusing on balancing energy in the body. Customized treatments draw together the clinic?s disciplines to tailor a variety of therapies centered on personal wellness goals and promoting relaxation.