A massage clinic shouldn't be an assembly line. That's why Diana Gethers ensures a full 60 minutes of bodywork during each appointment, every time. In the comfort of her cozy Anointed Hands Massage Clinic, she can promote relaxation with flowing Swedish strokes and hot-stone therapy, or access lower-layer muscles and connective tissues with firm deep-tissue techniques. Clients may also request mud wraps to moisturize their complexions, which they can pair with slices of mud pie or exfoliating salt scrubs, ideal for removing dirt from pores.
Mellisa Rollins, owner of MelliSPA, offers private beauty treatments by appointment only. This rule allows her and her staff to focus their completely on each client during each custom organic facial, full-body waxing, or massage. Committed to using natural and organic products when possible, Mellisa employs aroma and herbal therapies that draw on ancient herbal wisdom. For example, her hair-removal services eschew artificial waxes for all-organic ingredients such as amber honey, which is the same substance that bees use to remove fuzz from their abdomens.
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.
Massage therapist Jessica M. Bissonnette is a firm believer in massage's pain-relieving properties and customizes each treatment to address her clients' individual complaints. Drawing from techniques such as deep-tissue, pre-natal, or sports massage, Jessica can do everything from soothing a sore back to diminishing pain from a lingering injury. But it's not all about pain-relief here?clients can also opt for a Swedish massage?a style that focuses less on soreness and more on loosening the muscles and quieting the mind. Meanwhile, as Jessica kneads away tension, on-site aesthetician Vera Willett concerns herself with healthy skin, administering micro-derm facials that utilize a diamond microdermabrasion wand to erase wrinkles and acne from the client's face.
Cold stones combined with massage combat migraines, easing sinus congestion and decreasing inflammation. It’s one of the techniques licensed massage therapist Sandra Major uses to help her clients’ overall well-being. Along with employing cold-stone therapy, she knocks out stress with Swedish and prenatal massages. She uses essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus to complement treatments with aromatherapy, which can boost moods, like a lunch that looks like brussels sprouts but turns out to be $10 million. She will also treat regular clients to house calls for massage treatments that eliminate the additional stress of having to leave the comfort and privacy of home.
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.