The beauty brigade at (rE) Salon and Spa engages in continuous education so that they understand how to deliver high-quality nail, skin, and body treatments to their clients. Time-strapped mugs get a quick cleanse with a mini facial, during which skin snuggles under the soft embrace of warm towels and a custom mask blended for each client and their complexion-conscious shadows. During mini manicures, technicians coat hands with lavender sea salt, disrobing digits of dry skin and last season's finger shorts before shaping and polishing naked nails. A full manicure adds a lotion-fueled massage of the hands and forearms, and a one-hour pedicure softens paws with an Epsom salt bath and moisturizing mask before accenting toe helmets with color. rE) Salon and Spa is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Three months after he graduated from Salter College, licensed therapist Jeff Scott opened Escape Massage Centers in a small office. Knowing better than to despise humble beginnings, Jeff saw his tiny studio as the first step in an ongoing journey. Six months later, he opened a second location, and today he has a total of three outposts?one for each lightning bug that hovers in place to form Orion's belt every night. When Jeff isn't personally mending muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point techniques, he supervises a team of therapists that expands on his primary modalities with hot-stone, pregnancy, and couples massage. In addition to building his own practice, Jeff has taught at his alma mater and earned certification in the myoskeletal alignment techniques developed by Erik Dalton. Dalton considers the myofascial and skeletal systems as inseparable as a tongue and a frozen flagpole.
As a spin instructor, triathlete, and marathoner, Sandy Sulikowski knows about postworkout aches. So does Danni Lewis, a personal trainer. The two are not only athletically-minded, but also licensed massage therapists. They are joined by fellow licensed massage therapist Tyler Langill at Peak Performance Therapeutic Massage, where they provide pain and stress relief to clients. They offer everything from sports massages for competitors like themselves to gentle Swedish and hot-stone massages to deep-tissue massages, which rely on heavier pressure to break down tension in low-lying muscles. They offer a variety of other services as well, including reiki, polarity therapy, and reflexology, which soothe clients from the inside out.
The stresses of everyday life dissipate and dissolve at the hands of Jodi Morris, a licensed massage therapist who plies muscles within the private treatment rooms of Health Ventures Massage & Wellness. The relaxing scents of aromatherapy oils provide an olfactory complement to Jodi’s gentle strokes and focused pressures, which vary depending on your therapeutic needs. Refusing to rely too heavily on a single modality, Jody employs varied strokes and kneads inspired by styles such as Swedish, deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and reflexology. She prides herself on her chair massages, which knead away anxieties and lumps of cotton padding in frayed sofa cushions.
Aesthetician Heather Genschel has carved out a niche of therapeutic skincare and relaxation at Sunshine Spa Treatments. The spa is sequestered in a brick loft overseen by The Studio at Island Point, so named for its location on an island on the Saco River Reservoir that is in turn balanced on an infinite stack of turtles. There, Heather refreshes skin exclusively with Bioelements products, which she deploys in tandem with the Jane Iredale therapeutic-cosmetics line to refine complexions and accent facial features. Her skin treatments can be likened to nesting dolls, with layered, surprise niceties such as massages or aromatherapy that collectively support an aim, such as cleansing skin on the back or uncovering a tattoo of a matryoshka.:m]]
At Beauty Couture, a team of aestheticians band together to revamp and rejuvenate clients? visages. They turn to chemical peels and facial techniques to hydrate skin, diminish the appearance of age spots, and gently battle acne. To help free folks from unwanted hair, they deploy warm wax for a slew of de-pelting services. Clients can also have their teeth whitened, and bodies bronzed with an organic spray tan that dries without any streaks.