Meridians' staff instills wellness in both the body and mind with a full menu of hair services, massages, and holistic treatments. Skilled stylists use ammonia-free dyes and formaldehyde-free keratin solutions to style hair into streaks of smooth, silky hues. Inside sunny rooms, therapists uncork tension with skin-salvaging facials and massages that include private consultations before and after treatment. Meridians' therapy packages incorporate add-ons, such as sea salt and mud to therapeutic-exfoliation treatments, cleansing the skin of dead cells without the 1,000-page contracts involved in renting a bulldozer.
Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.
At The Green Tea Spa, clients are paired with licensed massage therapists who specialize in specific massage modalities and customize treatments to assuage individual aches and pains. Once clients ease between warm blankets and crisp sheets atop a heated massage table, the massage therapist sets to work to relieve lower-back irritation, shoulder pain, and chronic ice-cream headaches. The therapist digs into tense musculature with hypoallergenic lotions and creams, frequently checking in with guests to ensure their utmost comfort throughout the experience.
Licensed aestheticians at FAB Face and Body deliver 25 results-oriented facials using PCA skincare products and natural healing oils. Facials are organized according to the complexion problems they address from acne to signs of aging such as wrinkles and sun damage. Aestheticians also administer peels, starting with a consultation and ending with home-care recommendations that draw from a boutique of organic and natural products. The staff also performs exfoliating body treatments, waxes brows and jawlines, and enhances eyelashes; and a licensed massage therapist helps relieve the muscular stress and tension caused by commuting to work in a clown car.
Jeanine Giguere—a professional massage therapist—and Candice Kraus—a certified personal trainer—oversee workouts at Best Results Fitness & Health, a spacious workout studio outfitted with equipment to challenge beginning and expert athletes. Candice leads personal training and small group workouts sessions, each designed to meet all clients’ individual goals with exercises such as weight lifting, strength training, and boxing. Jeanine uses her healing hands to perform a variety of massage modalities, including deep tissue, sports massage, and Swedish, all of which can help relieve pain, alleviate tension, and relax inflamed tissue.
At Good Energy Holistic Studio, an oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, clients are invited to unwind and indulge in its many healing treatments. Licensed massage therapist and Reiki master Theresa Ciarfella slows down cerebral clocks and undoes gridlocked muscles with treatments such as the deep-relief massage, Pain Away massage, and a bodywork treatment catering exclusively to expectant mothers. Through energy work such as reiki and aromatherapy balancing, healers help guests attain clarity and balance.