Each member of the team of professionals at Inspiration Hair Studio and Day Spa specializes in a different facet of beautification. A master hairstylist can carefully place highlights or arrange tresses in an updo for a wedding or black-tie monster-truck rally. An on-staff medical aesthetician renders skin smooth with treatments such as diamond microdermabrasion and full-body exfoliation, and the spa’s massage therapist targets chronic tension with the soothing strokes of Swedish and deep-tissue methods. The multitalented crew also hosts birthday and bachelorette parties after business hours, where the fashionable fetes can be made more festive with the addition of food and wine.
Cosmetologist Natasha Torres could hardly have found a more fitting name for her spa than Garden of Eden. After all, there’s something paradisiacal about Natasha’s beauty treatments, which restore skin to an immaculate state with custom-blended serums. Natasha draws on Bioelements products during her exfoliating facials, though she can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and acne with microdermabrasion treatments and organic lactic peels. When she isn’t restoring skin’s glow, she pampers her clients with natural and hot-oil manicures, paraffin dips, and creative nail designs that help make counting to 10 less of a chore.
Though he isn't a surgeon or a power-lifter, David John Bruneau has spent more than 1,000 hours learning about the body's muscles. The licensed massage therapist dedicates his hands to alleviating general tension, recurring aches, and ailments at Serenity Massage & Bodywork. His modalities range from familiar Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to more specialized kneads, such as the slow strokes of lymphatic-drainage massage and the maneuvers of craniosacral therapy, which can calm angry sinuses better than a kleenex printed with lullabies.
By combining different disciplines into his treatments, David can address a variety of symptoms. As the maladies he treats are often chronic, he encourages long-term trust between him and his clients; according to the testimonials on his site, some clients have been visiting him for more than 10 years, and some drive nearly an hour to get there.
Blackstone Valley's founder and licensed massage therapist, Kimberley Bangma, purges physiques of deeply rooted pain with massage services and more than a decade of experience, during which she has expanded her wellness empire to a 7,000-square-foot fitness center. Kimberley's agile fingers triumph over bodies as stiff as a stern judge's mohawk during deep-tissue massages, untying knotted muscles and taking down soreness with direct pressure and mobilization, a rhythmic artistry that slowly stretches and kneads joints' connective tissues. During relaxing Swedish massages, a lighter touch eases the troubled minds of muscles, reducing stress and weariness caused by outrunning swarms of land sharks. Blackstone Valley is open seven days a week, and baby-sitting services are available to parents.
The Skin Clinic's microdermabrasion facial exfoliates away the signs of aging, unearthing fresh layers of skin and leaving faces smooth, soft, and glowing with youth. Deputize a licensed aesthetician to evict lackluster skin cells with a microdermabrasion treatment, which abrades away dead skin, rough texture, and dullness with a stream of microcrystalline particles. The deep exfoliation polishes away fine lines and wrinkles, reduces acne scarring, and shrinks large pores. Unlike fermenting dinosaurs to increase the petroleum supply, the painless procedure produces results immediately.
Past a barber-pole-bedecked exterior, the two-man staff of Old Time Barber Shop delivers straight-razor shaves and crafts modern haircuts using classic clipping techniques. Master barber Scott Braga creates personalized looks for each customer, ranging from straightforward trims and close-cropped cuts to elaborate ocelot topiary. In straight-razor shaves, Braga or stylist Stephen Guillian render skin hair-free and baby smooth with 20 minutes of careful hair removal supplemented with hot-towel treatments. The stylists bring experience and expertise to each cut, working through stray strands with ease in an old-timey environment complete with large leather chairs, full-length mirrors, and a barbershop quartet harmonizing hymns to comb disinfectant.