Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.
Mineral makeup free of talc, parabens, and carmine—a product derived from insects that live on cacti. Shimmery eye shadows in 119 shades. Sunless-tanning lotion packed with jojoba oil. These are just a few of the offerings from The All Natural Face, a makeup company dedicated to creating safe, effective, and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each of its products brims with natural ingredients such as organic argan oil, candelilla wax, and organic raw turbinado cane sugar, the last of which simultaneously exfoliates lips and adds sweetness to one’s morning coffee. In light of the plethora of chemicals and toxins in mainstream products, the cosmetics specialists take a natural approach to makeup: “We … care more about our customers,” they assert on their website, “than we do the bottom line.”
Owned by an aesthetics educator, Luminous cultivates skin's natural beauty with an extensive selection of indulgent facials that have garnered the skincare studio multiple nods from the WickedLocal.com Readers Choice Awards over the last three years. The 75-minute Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial ($90) hydrates faces with Dermalogica skincare products and other ingredients, massaging honey into thirsty pores to keep them shiny and fresh. Countenance curators then blanket faces with a warm paraffin mask for an extra layer of hydration, making the Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial an ideal treatment for those with dry skin or those who have dorsal fins. After inundating your visage with a fresh coat of salutary moisture, pick off bristly stragglers with an eyebrow wax ($20) to show clingy hairs the door with a hard-wax agent agreeable to even the most sensitive skin.
A practicing physician for close to 30 years, Dr. Gert Walter ensures his patients are in safe hands with his board certification in emergency medicine. He built upon his vast experience in wound repair and skin healing and entered the field of aesthetic medicine, training at the Anti-Aging Institute in Texas. He also underwent advanced studies of Vaser technology—to such a degree that he was asked to train other medical professionals via webinar. Dr. Walter has earned numerous awards, press mentions, and recognition for his work, including being named a diamond provider of Botox Cosmetic and Juvéderm in the Allergan Partner Privileges program in 2012. Business partner and fellow staff member Stephanie Liatsis, RN, also trains physicians and nurses in administering cosmetic injectables.
Along with their specialized training, Dr. Walter and the medical team at Medical Aesthetics of New England use state-of-the-art equipment and medical-grade products to restore patients' youthful appearances. They employ the nonablative Affirm Multiplex laser to perform laser skin-tightening treatments, and the Cynosure Elite system to remove unwanted hair and brown spots.
Certified Natural Health Practitioner Victoria Bender, owner of Vscentials, integrates her ancient healing practices and cutting-edge modern technologies into custom treatment plans. In addition to shepherding bodies toward well-being with Swedish, deep-tissue, acupressure, and prenatal massages, she performs reflexology treatments on hands, feet, and ears as the therapeutic scents of essential oils waft through the air. During these reflexology sessions, she draws upon the time-honored idea that reflexes in the extremities can, like the undeniable rhythms of the Macarena, exert influence over the entire body. Otherwise, during more contemporary treatments, she relies on targeted microcurrents that she believes may have the power to rejuvenate sagging faces, alleviate chronic pain, and balance bodily energy flow. To ensure personalized service, she begins each appointment with a consultation to discuss unique physical maladies.