At A Healthy Balance, personal trainers and registered dietitians join forces to promote fitness and health by tailoring practical wellness plans to clients' individual goals and lifestyles. The facility's sprawling services are designed to boost overall well-being through such modalities as sports massage and wellness consultations more personalized than a snowflake's DNA. A roster of fitness services, such as boot-camp classes, helps singe superfluous calories, and nutritional guidance encourages wholesome habits with one-on-one consultations and custom meal planning. To further bolster wellness regimens, patrons enroll in a comprehensive 12-week nutritional program, during which staffers outline individual weight-managing, health-improving, and calendar-flipping techniques. A Healthy Balance's diverse team also bestow their wisdom during frequent classes and events held throughout the community.
The practitioners at Therapeutic Healing and Massage have designed each room to be just as relaxing as the treatment itself. Soft music plays in each warm, comfortable room, as specially designed beds and expert massage therapists await to heal clients with soothing massages. They deftly deal out Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue, as well as other modalities such as pregnancy massage. Therapists perform additional treatments such as the Barefoot Bliss, during which technicians caress the feet with eucalyptus, lavender, basil, and rose oils, sealing in the potion with hot paraffin wax. They also customize treatments with add-ons such as aromatherapy oils, scalp massage, and paraffin baths for hands.
After years of working as physical therapists in the Boston area, Joint Ventures co-owners Dan Brownridge and Dave Larson noticed one major aspect missing from in most clinics—a personal relationship between the healer and patient. The duo created Joint Ventures in an effort to bring those strong relationships to their community through advanced integrated healthcare clinics where each patient gets optimal one-on-one time with their physical therapists. At all five locations, Dan and Dave’s more than 35 practitioners craft detailed treatment plans using the facility's four-lane pools and cardio and weight machines, including therapies ranging from acupuncture to massage, yoga, or personal training. Throughout each patient’s therapy, the team of practitioners keeps their interpersonal skills on point with regular meaningful patient-therapist conversations that end with the pair weaving BFF bracelets from each others’ hair.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Russo completed a plastic surgery residency at Harvard Medical School. So, when he personally selects nurses and aestheticians for his team at Dream Spa Medical, each staff member must meet his expert standards to perform advanced cosmetic treatments ranging from injections to surgery to noninvasive vein removal. With SkinCeuticals and Image products, aestheticians revitalize clients' skin during facials, peels, microdermabrasions, and other services. Laser hair treatments rid clients' bodies of unwanted fuzz, and tattoo removal helps keep the grocery lists on their arms up to date.
At A Beautiful You, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elliot Lach leads a team of specialists in fostering youthful appearances with an arsenal of noninvasive treatments. Dr. Lach is the inventor of numerous types of lasers, including SmoothShapes, which helps to rid bodies of cellulite. The staff also wields lasers to vaporize any unwanted hair, tattoos, or sun spots marring the skin, and they also offer Vaser, as well as Laser lipo-sculpting and Botox. When not fending off wrinkles with dermal fillers or stop signs, the staff is readying clients for at-home maintenance with an inventory of skincare products from ZO Skin Health, Dermalogica, Obagi, and Vivité.
No tipping allowed. That is the policy founder Drew Freedman instated when he opened The Boston Bodyworker in 1999. That’s because Drew, a licensed massage therapist and nationally accredited instructor in clinical massage therapy who has worked with athletes from the New Jersey Nets and the U.S. Olympic volleyball team, sees his business not so much as a spa but as a clinic where people go to treat pain and injuries—and you don’t tip doctors or nurses.
Not that anyone would mistake The Boston Bodyworker for a spa. Though the interior decor is warm and inviting, clients won’t find a robe or slippers waiting for them like at other massage centers. What they will find are exceptional clinical massages—ones that have caught the attention of CBS and the Improper Bostonian, who gave the center its Best Massage 2011 award. The massages are so effective because Drew takes so much care in hiring his team: each of the more than a dozen therapists has two or more years of experience, has passed an in-house training program, and must constantly stay up-to-date on current research.
Along with being members of the American Massage Therapy Association and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and certified with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Drew and his team also volunteer their time and skills to such events and charities as the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s marathon.