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.
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.
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.