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.
Modern lights hang from the ceiling like glowing wine glasses, illuminating cherry-red walls, hardwood floors, and a lush wooden wraparound counter. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists dispense of split ends and craft a modern style to match lifestyle and personality. Guests can also pluck from the salon's ample bouquet of non-hair-beautifying services, which range from mani-pedi treatments to sunless-tanning sessions.
Leonardo's team of trendy trimmers keep up to speed on the latest hair styling techniques and technologies, leaving no strand stranded and no tangle untended. Clients can relax amidst dusk-blue walls adorned with chic accents, as an expert stylist snips, shapes, and shades mundane manes into shimmering, sleek, neck sculptures—capturing compliments from strangers, and jealous stares from 2-D billboard models. The friendly follicle fixers will help you figure out the best cut for your face and personal style. Or, if you already know what you're looking for, Leonardo's stylists can take your vision and transform it beyond expectations.
Stacy Winick and Sofia Golberg may have been from two different parts of the world, but the beauty industry brought them together 20 years ago and has kept them in partnership ever since. The aesthetician from Russia who trained in Israel and the manicurist and past beauty shop owner from Boston met at a South Shore salon—a salon the co-owners thought they could surpass with their business plan. So they opened a beauty destination and named it after the French words for “beautiful face”—what Napoleon stamped on 63% of his soldiers' cheeks.
At the newly renovated Belle Visage Day Spa, Stacy and Sofia highlight their clients' natural beauty with manicures and pedicures, massages, makeup services, and specialized facials. Their diamond-tipped microdermabrasion tool clears dead skin cells to stimulate growth of healthier skin during the diamond peel, and their services don’t stop with the skin. Stacy and Sofia also present massages for knotted muscles and mani-pedis for hands and feet that just clawed a wedding ring out of the lint trap.