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Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

28 Arlington St
Boston,
MA
US

European-trained owner and biochemist Doina Mandrila and her team of aestheticians perform soothing spa services inspired by international beauty traditions. The Orient Essence Ceremony incorporates smooth Balinese pebbles and exotic oils into a relaxing massage, and the full-body hydration of the Velvet Skin Miracle mimics the thermal springs of the city of Spa in Belgium. The spa’s luxurious facials slather skin in natural ingredients, such as dandelion and moisturizing honey. Staff also specialize in gentlemen's facials and treatments formulated specifically for teenage skin issues, such as acne. Waxing services customize or banish body hair, while massage therapy leaves bodies in a state more relaxed than if Mr. Rogers governed Hawaii.

231 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US

At Adara Spa, beauty curators help shape physiques with microcurrent technology and perform waxing and nail services with the goal of bringing out each guest's innate beauty. Microcurrent facials and body treatments help tighten the skin, kick-starting the cogs of the body’s fat-burning system and removing any jerky sticks wedged in its gears. High-quality salon and spa products, including offerings from OPI, Pure Fiji, and G.M. Collin, fill Adara's shelves and stylists' arsenals, allowing staffers to pair skill with rich, effective solutions.

115 Lewis Wharf
Boston,
MA
US

Signature Service: Microdermabrasion aromatherapy facial

Brands Used: Decleor (French line) and Murad acne and anti-aging line

Established: 1993

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Handicap Accessible: No

Staff Size: 1 person

Parking: Metered street parking

Minimum Age Requirement: 14

Pro Tip: A very quaint, intimate setting, with a heated table to cater to all your skincare needs.

Q&A with Gweneth Richard, Owner/Aesthetician

Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?

I have used both Decleor and Murad for 20 years. Decleor is a beautiful aromatherapy French line for all skin types. Murad is for more specific, problematic skin issues such as severe acne and sun damage.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

The first thing our clients look for is the chocolate bowl.

What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?

People tend to avoid sunblock in the winter. I have to reiterate to clients how vital it is to wear sunblock everyday of the year.

224 Clarendon St
Boston,
MA
US

G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.

278 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US

Skin Serenity Medispa keeps customers glowing from head to toe with a wide range of non-invasive medical treatments and spa services. The staff, comprised of doctors and licensed aestheticians, performs skin rejuvenating procedures including laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and clinical peels such as glycolic peels, which use sugarcane extractions to remove dead cells. For a more pampering experience, guests can indulge in a facial or a hot stone massage, or enlist the spa?s permanent makeup artist to turn freckles into a constellation chart. To augment the relaxation, the facility?s individually decorated treatment rooms feature crown molding, wood floors, and charming Victorian-themed wall art.

218 Newbury Street
Boston,
MA
US