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.
The merlot-colored walls and sleek wood floors underscore the elegance of Ch'i Spa, where expert stylists prettify guests with a variety of services. They lengthen lashes with their own brand of eyelash extensions at the lash boutique and specialize in reshaping hair into half a dozen different styles, from Southern belle?style curls to mermaid-inspired waves, at the blowout bar.
Modern paper lanterns and twinkling string lights cast a honey glow on the salon's grape walls and polished wood floors. Amid these cozy accents, mother and son team Paula and Patrick, along with their staff, sculpt confident layers and revamp bland strands with color highlights. Clients may also solicit the salon for beautification services such as facial waxing, brow tinting, and private yoga.
Voted Best Day Spa 2010 by Rhode Island Monthly readers, Alayne White Spa beautifies and revitalizes guests. The Multivitamin Power Peel targets the face, neck, and décolleté (low-cut areas of the neck) regions, doing away with anti-aging aspirations, and instead adding luminosity to the skin and embracing facial wrinkles like the way a child embraces a ripe watermelon.
Drawing on 10 years of epidermal experience, Body Restoration Massage Therapy’s licensed aesthetician Kim Grislis wards off wrinkles with the help of Guinot and Bioelements products. Customers choose from four age-eluding facial treatments designed to smooth wizened faces and work out handfuls of craisins embedded in skin folds.
As the certified massage therapist at A New Beginning Salon and Spa, Felicia Foster is the resident stress-banisher. She employs Swedish massage's long, gliding techniques and gentle kneading to oust joint stiffness, chronic aches, and no-longer-welcome Lilliputians. During her deep-tissue treatments, which are designed to relieve more severe tension and sports injuries, she manipulates the connective tissue and fascia that can cause chronic pain.