In high school, Hillary Adams stumbled upon a PBS TV special about massage therapy that inspired her to experiment with massage techniques on her friends and family. After graduating from college with degrees in English literature and anthropology, she reignited her teenage passion by enrolling at Bancroft School for Massage Therapy. Since completing massage school in 1999, Hillary has become a nationally certified and Rhode Island–licensed massage therapist who uses 100% natural oils and various modalities to treat clients ranging from pain-stricken weekend warriors to an 11-year-old girl receiving her first-ever massage.
Located inside a century-old Victorian home next to the historic Ladd Observatory, Hillary's Providence office reverberates with soothing new-age tunes by Dean Evenson. She also works out of Glow Face & Body Spa, which houses a massage room furnished with modern decor and artwork. Both of Hillary's locations offer ample parking, so guests don't have to worry about finding a place to park their car or stable their griffin.
Ciao Bella Salon's savvy stylists treat unruly head fur in their comfortable studio, replete with shiny wood-toned floors and walls colored in warm hues. Clients can iron out frizzy hair with a keratin replenishing treatment, in which tiny keratin irons work to flatten curly hair to a silky smooth texture. Or infuse brown, black, or neon yellow into your golden follicles with a full foil and color treatment. Ciao Bella Salon’s expert staff will listen intently to your description of the ideal haircut while giving confident advice as to how to achieve such a flawless hairdo. And since it’s just a short jaunt from neighborhood eateries and antique shops, Ciao Bella Salon makes for a convenient stop on the way to a romantic date or in the midst of a shopping trip to purchase a Latvian submarine. Customers must call ahead to schedule their appointments.
After spending 13 years closing business deals as a sales representative, Mari Brown decided to trade in handshakes and contracts for therapeutic strokes and aromatherapy oils. Mari’s new clients are thankful for her change of heart. The nationally certified massage therapist now spends her days tending to their aches and pains with relaxing bodywork treatments that employ custom-blended organic oils.
Inside the studio’s private treatment room, the sounds of Asian music join with the flicker of warm candlelight to foster an atmosphere that calms the senses. Mari’s various massage techniques do their part, as well, working to alleviate the stresses of workdays spent crouched over computers or hiding from bosses in cramped supply closets.
NewSkin Tattoo Removal's specialists clear away tattoos of all kinds, ranging from complex pieces that cover the entire back to cruder designs and those temporary tattoos that won't wash off. Their implement of choice is the Q-switched Nd: Yag, a laser designed specifically for tattoo removal. Its beams break down the structure of ink particles so that the body can flush them away. In addition to full tattoo removal, patrons can opt to lighten up a tattoo so that it can be covered by another, or to remove only a portion of a tattoo.
The W Salon rehabilitates ornery exteriors into their most comfortable and sprightly selves through a range of massage, nail, hair, and skin services. Heads can opt for a stylish cut ($40 for women, $30 for men) and deep conditioning ($20) to shake up the usual routine, while fashion police fugitives can dodge their captors with a transformative hair coloring, allowing them to blend in with the chic set ($45–$155). Prep your bod for beach season or a management position at a nearby nudist camp with targeted hair removal treatments ($20–$65 depending on area). Rejuvenating facials moisturize and exfoliate skin, leaving mugs freshly glowing ($40–$75). Allow one of The W Salon’s professional nail techs to file scraggly ends into tiptop cutaneous form with a polish-accented manicure ($15+) or pedicure ($35). Available massages include the flowing strokes of the Swedish ($75 for one hour), the toxin releasing pressure of deep tissue ($75 for one hour), and the gentle relaxation of hot-stone therapy ($90 for one hour). Each massage employs technique-specific affronts to bodily stressors, driving out unwanted spirits like an ectoplasm-targeted proton pack.
Forty-six-year-old single mom Leslie was so inspired by her first encounters with LED phototherapy that she became certified as a skin technician shortly thereafter. Today, more than 10 years later, she helps her clients eschew the need to drop thousands of dollars on injections, plastic surgery, and facial creams by harnessing blue- and red-light technologies. With careful calibrations, she has found laser therapy to effectively treat fine lines, cellulite, and acne.