Desneige Acupuncture and Allergy Center's medical director, registered nurse Desneige Datillo, began her career working in traditional medicine in the intensive care units and emergency rooms in Boston-area hospitals. But after finding that acupuncture had successfully treated a sports-related injury and her sleep difficulties, she knew she wanted to incorporate Eastern medicine practices with her traditional Western background, and so she studied to become a licensed acupuncturist.
Armed with her knowledge of integrated medicine, Datillo opened her Essential Energetics Clinic in 1994 to provide patients with a comprehensive way to stay healthy without the hassle of always wearing a fruit hat. Though she's revamped and renamed her practice since then, she continues to bolster patients' health with acupuncture energy therapy, which uses hair-thin needles to help patients manage pain, enhance fertility, and treat nicotine addictions.
As a certified laser specialist, Datillo can also use cold lasers to activate acupressure points or shrink fat cells. During many treatments, fully clothed patients lie atop a treatment table equipped with soothing amenities, including a soft blanket, heat lamp, eye mask, and notes of encouragement from their mothers.
Pamper Me Skin Care’s epidermis experts combine elements of nature and modern technology to restore skin’s youthful allure. The spa’s menu of more than 25 facial treatments renews nose-and-cheek placeholders with natural ingredients—such as pineapple enzymes, goat's milk, and lavender oil—or fights signs of aging with DermaSound’s ultrasonic waves and LED light therapy. For especially troubled skin, aestheticians turn treatments up a notch with glycolic- and lactic-acid peels, whose deep exfoliation can whittle a rough-skinned alligator into a smooth dolphin. Pamper Me Skin Care’s team also employs products from its own skincare line, as well as Rhonda Allison and GlyMed Plus.
Aside from facial treatments, Sudatonic infrared body wraps slim down silhouettes, and waxing and IPL hair-removal sessions oust unwanted fuzz and improve the body’s aerodynamics for faster street-luge-to-work times. Guests can also indulge in all-day pampering packages or mix-and-match treatments for custom relaxation sessions.
MG Fitness’ instructors summon sweat during fun group workouts while solo students try out more than 75 pieces of exercise equipment at two convenient studio locations. Workers-out looking to go it alone can bask in the glow of personal TV screens on Precor treadmills or opt for elliptical machines to help arms and legs build strength by repeatedly tracing low-impact ovals and hand turkeys. Men and women alike can tone up, using the sprawling selection of dumbbells and plate-loaded machines by Icarian and Hammer Strength to press, curl, and ripple. Fitness seekers in need of butt-busting camaraderie can drop in on classes that range from calorie-torching step aerobics to limbering power-yoga sessions, where students melt stress with stretches, poses, and deep-breathing exercises. To push clients toward fitness goals, certified personal trainers employ one-on-one coaching, exercise instruction, and the motivating growls of monster trucks.
The interior of Blink! Salon and Spa seems to sparkle with an elegance you might expect to find in a salon in Venice, Italy. Crystal chandeliers illuminate silver-framed mirrors and gauzy white fabric drapes the windows. The luxurious sight reflects the salon’s array of indulgent spa treatments, which promise to pamper the rest of your senses.
Natural beeswax hair-removal treatments and Siberian mink eyelash extensions go beyond the typical salon services, and their professional makeup applications can help you prep for a wedding or your best-yet driver's license picture. Their lineup of skincare services includes the 2.5-hour Autumn Glow package cleanses pores and refreshes skin, and is infused with pumpkin enzymes.
Blink!'s staff of stylists and aestheticians boast extensive backgrounds in aromatherapy, skin peels, and makeup design, with training from the likes of Franco Fiore and Jessners.
Boating in Boston drops anchor at seven area locations—including local lakes, ponds, and Boston Harbor—helping visitors to undertake watery adventures with a fleet of more than 200 canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and paddleboards. Whether navigating the gentle eddies of Stoneham's Spot Pond or searching for the feral water-polo team rumored to inhabit Wakefield's Lake Quannapowitt, visitors can hit the water untrained or gain new proficiency with solo or group lessons. The crew of instructors also instills a love of boating in the littlest buccaneers with youth summer camps that teach basic skills and safety.
Licensed aesthetician Ann Bennett mines clients’ natural beauty during relaxing treatments focused on skin wellness. She performs custom facials that include fruit extracts, vitamins, and liquified how-to manuals to improve complexions and also teach clients about proper skin maintenance. Her anti-aging treatments range from glycolic acid exfoliations to manual dermabrasion sessions. Along with skincare treatments for the face, Ann offers body treatments and waxing services for the entire body.: