Mount Auburn Club strives to be a one-stop shop for fitness, wellness, and recreation. Members can sweat as they cheer on their favorite infomercials in the cardio theater, plunge into the salt-filtrated lap pool, or practice their tennis strokes out on 11 indoor and outdoor courts, which were featured on the Tennis Channel. Professional fitness instructors pump upbeat music for more than 90 group fitness classes each week, from Les Mills classes such as BodyPump to group cycling and Zumba. The mind/body classes include five styles of yoga, tai chi, and ballet barre. Joint-friendly aquatics classes take place in the four-lane, 75-foot-long lap pool overlooking the gardens and deck. Swimmers can recover in the whirlpool after practicing their synchronized doggy paddling.
The club's personal trainers help members map out fitness plans centered on achieving their personal goals. After they've worked out on equipment such as TRX Suspension Training bands or BOSU balls, exercisers can head to the café for one of the healthful creations or submit themselves to the spa team’s capable hands for massages, facials, and other pampering treatments.
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".
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.