Stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists make up the staff at Raymar Day Spa, each tasked with creating a serene and tranquil experience for every client. In the salon, hairstylists call on Moroccanoil products to hydrate dry or damaged strands alongside cut and color services, and they use formaldehyde-free keratin treatments to smooth curls and block frizz for months. Meanwhile, aestheticians and massage therapists tag-team in private spa suites, where they dole out blissful massage, facial, and mani-pedi spa packages. In addition to pampering workaday Janes, Raymar Day Spa caters to bridal parties with wedding-day packages and makeup applications that make your maid of honor look just like the Scarlett Johansson you never had.
At Inner Strength Studios, seasoned instructors such as E-RYT 500 instructor Roman Szpond lead vinyasa yoga sessions for beginners, experts, and kids as young as five. Classes ranging from 60 to 90 minutes are held in heated rooms within Innerstrength's Boston studios, which were recently renovated after the Watertown location suffered fire damage. Aspiring teachers can take Innerstrength's 200-hour training program, which instills advanced yoga knowledge through classes, workshops, and a rollercoaster ride through a giant lotus. The studios also provide a slate of other services, such as personal training and massage therapy sessions.
Some people—many therapists among them—believe that children possess a natural harmony between body and mind that diminishes with age. The certified therapists of Elite Massage work to rekindle this connection, teaching their clients how to better listen to their bodies. Among the special modalities they offer, sports massages improve circulation to overworked muscle groups and deep-tissue sessions relieve chronic patterns of stress. Founder Stacey Brennan and her fellow therapists can even travel to offices to soothe entire workforces with their corporate chair massages. These short but effective sessions counter the stress of trying to figure out which emoticons are appropriate when emailing your boss.
Licensed massage therapist Kristin Angeli once focused solely on deep-tissue massage. But her desire to help a wider range of patients led her to quickly expand her repertoire to accommodate athletes and those struggling with chronic pain. By 2008, she had founded Main Street Massage and Wellness, and assembled a crew that specialized in everything from Reiki to infant massage. Together, they are qualified to ease all forms of discomfort, whether by combining Swedish and deep tissue techniques to bring about total relaxation or using Thai massage to open joints and abate muscular tension. Of course, they also know that tension can extend to other areas of the body, and so Kristin and her staff have created a 75-minute "rhythmic treatment", which starts with a full-body massage, and concludes with a warm foot bath, Dr. Hauschka rosemary foot balm, and a rhythmic foot massage performed to the beat of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way".
Harnessing the power of traditional Chinese treatments that go back more than 5,000 years, the staff members at Oriental Foot Reflexology aim to soothe stress and boost energy levels with foot reflexology and tui na bodywork. They lead their clients past the neutral-toned reception area to treatment rooms for individuals, couples, or groups, all of which feature plush, reclining reflexology chairs. There, the therapists—many of whom have been trained in China—remove shoes and socks before finding each foot’s acupressure points and seventh toe. After a mineral bath, feet and bodies are treated to one of three services, including the signature Beijing Spa Treatment that combines both footwork and bodywork to melt away physical and emotional tension.
My Spa 2 helps guests unwind and slough off stress with a panoply of spa services. Folks start by choosing one of three basic styles—Swedish gently relaxes, deep tissue helpes release pent-up tension.. From there, they can throw in several modalities to spice up basic sessions, including myofascial release, which relaxes the fine connective tissue between muscles, and sports massage, which helps athletes overcome injuries sustained tumbling to the massage. The spa also offers microdermabrasion and facial treatments, leaving customers' skin feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.