The rustling of palm trees as tradewinds blow through them, the scent of saltwater carried in by rolling waves—nothing quite matches the carefree feel of a day on a beach in Hawaii, which is perhaps why The Wellness Journey Studio's owner Denise Baker-Bradley named her massage offerings after beaches on the tropical islands. But since she believes therapeutic massage therapy is not just for relaxation, these sessions have a therapeutic spin and can increase energy by lowering blood pressure. They can even improve sleep patterns better than keeping a closetful of sheep. During the Papohaku massage, for example, she rolls rods of bamboo over muscles to relieve deep-seated tension. For the celebrity facial massage sauna, she uses facial massage therapy techniques to reduce signs of aging. Before each stroke, she warms the massage oil, as clients stretch out beneath soft sheets and a soundtrack of beach sounds lulls them into a state of calm as deep as the ocean. The studio is located off Route 24 in Brockton.
Through loyal customers and enthusiastic referrals, the skincare specialists at Essentials Laser & Med Spa refresh skin and slather on the relaxation in a soothing environment. While friends and family members relish facials and massages, technicians target sagging skin, prickly fuzz, and unwanted lumps with laser beams, Botox, and medical-grade steamrollers.
Muscle Management Massage’s scheduling book never has back-to-back appointments. So if someone has a 60-minute deep-tissue massage at 1 p.m. with licensed massage therapist Howard Dodd—who is also a certified personal trainer and lead instructor of the massage program at Lincoln Technical Institute’s Brockton Campus—there won’t be a Swedish massage at 2 p.m. with Dodd, however, appointments would be available to schedule with another licensed massage therapist. This scheduling approach allows the clients to enjoy their massage service without feeling rushed out the door. Adding to the comfort, the staff can customize its kneads to alleviate pain, tension, and ailments from common sports injuries, such as spraining a muscle or mistaking a bowling ball for a basketball and trying to dunk it.
Marcelle Racine, the certified massage therapist at Boston Empowerment and Wellness Center, kneads tension out of anxious backs and shoulders during one-hour Swedish massages. Employing a series of long strokes, gentle pressure, and encouraging pats on the back, Marcelle works to alleviate pain and improve flexibility. While the muscle mender manipulates dorsal landscapes, clients relax, allowing their bodies to take part in a mélange of health benefits, from bolstered blood flow to increased tissue regeneration to more effective immunity against diseases and dive-bombing pigeons.
SpaRenity Day Spa's nail techs pamper and polish appendages during relaxing manicures and pedicures. During the classic manicure, a technician shapes nails and curbs boundary-crossing cuticles, leaving fingertips shapely and smooth. Nail specialists then massage a moisturizing cream into hands and apply a choice of traditional polish. Alternatively, a cured coat of Shellac gel polish can protect fingernails with a glossy, chip-free coat of armor for up to two weeks. Prior to the classic pedicure, clients ascend a cushioned throne to soak feet in a softening bath. After treating nails and cuticles, staffers exfoliate soles, knead tension out of arches and suspension bridges, and daub nail beds with polish. Dainty curtains separate the pedicure room from the salon quarters, sequestering patrons in a space with richly padded armchairs and soft, golden light.