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.
There are many ways to remove unwanted body hair, but very few methods are actually permanent. Elizabeth Kelly, electrologist and owner of Essential Skin Electrology & Day Spa, understands her clients’ frustrations regarding hair that won’t go away and works together with men and women to gently depilate even their most stubborn body areas. That level of attention also extends to her spa’s other focuses, including skincare. In each service, aestheticians use Dermalogica or Pevonia Botanica products and deeply cleanse faces with more than a dozen different facials customized for dryness, signs of aging, or funny faces that eventually got stuck that way. They also whisk away stress with a handful of massages, each of which may be paired with a therapeutic essential oil.
All in One Laser's specialists earned the top spot for laser hair removal in Boston from CityVoter three years in a row. Armed with the GentleMax laser system—which contains both an Alexandrite and a YAG laser for lighter or darker skin, respectively—they scan a range of body areas to eradicate hair, making shaving, waxing, or giving stubble the evil eye a thing of the past. They also use lasers for other services including spider-vein reduction, age- and sunspot removal, and skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction.
A Time for Healing Natural Wellness Practice's staff believes that its massage services are a crucial part of their clients' journey to wellness. Through treatments ranging from soothing Swedish massage to more restorative therapeutic sessions, clients find healing whether they are simply seeking a relaxing experience or looking for liberation from chronic pain do to injury, overuse, or sleeping walking into walls. Clients can also attend workshops to learn techniques for self-massage, so they can continue the healing at home.
The massage therapists at Herb Spa don’t focus on offering a head-spinning selection of services—instead, they give their undivided attention to making sure their techniques are highly effective. Both therapeutic and Swedish massage styles are employed to melt away stress and ease body aches, and a deep-tissue massage focuses on releasing deep-set knots within the muscles. Therapists help to further eliminate muscle aches with the use of water-heated hot stones, which aim to expand constricted vessels by increasing blood flow. To release built-up energy within the body, the studio's team relies on pressure-point therapy and singing Motown classics while massaging feet during reflexology 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.