In Irish legend, Tir na nOg is the land of eternal youth. Though not quite as otherworldly, Tirnanog Spa tries to capture some of that youthful effervescence with a bounty of spa services. Marine ingredients are the basis for many treatments such as seaweed facials, sea salt scrubs, and body wraps with re-mineralizing moor mud. Other treatments, meanwhile, take a more cutting-edge approach. Oxygen facials, for example, use pure oxygen to unclog pores, helping skin to breathe more easily and without wheezing, while microdermabrasion helps stimulate the skin's natural repair mechanisms, promoting better elasticity and improving tone.
Stress is ubiquitous. Not a day goes by that we aren't held captive by the anxious thumb of bills, work, and the giant that lives next door. That's where Patricia Lafond at Victoriaworks Massage Therapy comes in. The studio's licensed muscle mender is an expert at tailoring bodywork to the individual's unique needs. Guests can request flowing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue pressure, or a custom blend of the two for multifaceted healing.
The bodywork professionals at Waves of Wellness believe that it's essential—not simply enjoyable—to take care of yourself. In keeping with this philosophy, they administer restorative massages and energy therapies that fulfill the intrinsic need for peace and quiet. They stroke the back with fluid, light motions during Swedish massages, and open energy pathways during reiki treatments. During ear-coning services, the professionals relieve sinus pressure.
The Exotic Tans staff offers both UV and sunless tanning. They show clients to standup and lie-down beds, which imbue bodies with shades that suit a variety skin types. Exotic Tans' facilities are outfitted with spray booths for those who prefer UV-free bronzing, and trained professionals are on hand to administer airbrush treatments. Like snow sandwiches, they also whiten teeth in addition to helping clients slim down with body wraps.
As the certified massage therapist at A New Beginning Salon and Spa, Felicia Foster is the resident stress-banisher. She employs Swedish massage's long, gliding techniques and gentle kneading to oust joint stiffness, chronic aches, and no-longer-welcome Lilliputians. During her deep-tissue treatments, which are designed to relieve more severe tension and sports injuries, she manipulates the connective tissue and fascia that can cause chronic pain.
In high school, Hillary Adams stumbled upon a PBS TV special about massage therapy that inspired her to experiment with massage techniques on her friends and family. After graduating from college with degrees in English literature and anthropology, she reignited her teenage passion by enrolling at Bancroft School for Massage Therapy. Since completing massage school in 1999, Hillary has become a nationally certified and Rhode Island–licensed massage therapist who uses 100% natural oils and various modalities to treat clients ranging from pain-stricken weekend warriors to an 11-year-old girl receiving her first-ever massage.
Located inside a century-old Victorian home next to the historic Ladd Observatory, Hillary's Providence office reverberates with soothing new-age tunes by Dean Evenson. She also works out of Glow Face & Body Spa, which houses a massage room furnished with modern decor and artwork. Both of Hillary's locations offer ample parking, so guests don't have to worry about finding a place to park their car or stable their griffin.