In 2005, a pair of sisters—chiropractor Dr. Anne Marie and aesthetician Christina—put their holistic-centered minds together to create a spa focused on health and relaxation. Peace and tranquility are the main offerings at Vitality, a centre intended to be an oasis for both body and mind. Between blue, lavender, and khaki walls, guests step into slippers and inhale at the aromatherapy bar before taking on relaxing treatments such as facials, massage, or body wraps. Aesthetic services such as nail care, hair removal, and makeup artistry round out the spa's generous menu of treatments. Individual needs inform what types of services the staff recommends for guests, be it an anti-aging facial, dermabrasion skin-renewing treatment, or soothing, massage-based sessions. Memberships, packages, and private parties also create affordable ways to experience Vitality's serene spaces and aesthetic professionalism.
Spending a decade in an office setting takes a toll on the body. In addition to the stresses that come with memorizing all the birthdays of management's pets, bodies are affected by sitting in an office chair for hours on end and staring at a computer screen all day. Amber Dagata finally had enough of this harsh environment after 10 years of working as an office manager and bookkeeper. In 2008, she opened a massage studio, Tranquility Therapeutic Massage, to help others combat their work- and life-related tension.
Customizing each session to a client's particular sore spots is just one way Amber and her staff cater to clientele. They also perform massages for the full length of time, without subtracting the time it takes for a client to complete forms or to take off his or her clothes. Their menu of add-ons includes hot stones, which send warmth into aching muscles, and paraffin waxes, which soothe and soften hands and feet.
Though Kara Ouellette was a dancer, her graceful movements were hampered by constant pain. She turned to several different treatments but only found relief through massage therapy. Free of discomfort, Kara was able to study psychology and land a job in corporate sales—a career path that left her dissatisfied until she turned, once again, to massage. She attended Cortiva Institute's massage-therapy program, where she developed a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. After receiving her massage-therapy license, she became a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and founded Emerald Therapeutic Massage. Today, Kara mends muscles with modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy massage while wearing green-tinted glasses. In addition to building her practice, Kara volunteered her services by providing post-event chair massages for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge—which raises money for cancer research—at the 2011 Boston Marathon.
The nationally certified massage therapists of massage ME & bodyworks want to create a place where their clients can escape from the daily grind through massages, facial therapy, and holistic treatments. The therapists are each skilled in multiple modalities (including deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal massage) so they can better personalize each service. They also carry a line of dye-free soy jojoba oil candles that melt into massage oil, which they then use to knead sore muscles or oil squeaky doors. Coupled with facial acupressure, the products used during facial therapy stimulate collagen growth and help encourage lymphatic drainage to smooth out fine lines. Though their entire service menu seeks to bring bodies into balance, specialized holistic treatments, such as reiki and ionic footbaths, address bodily toxins and health concerns more directly.
In addition to welcoming clients into the office, the staff can set up onsite service for offices, spa parties, and tug-of-war tournaments, complete with massage chairs and tables.
Equipped with a degree in biology and a passion for beauty, owner Ania Zaroda embarked on a European holiday that led her to redefine her brows with permanent makeup. In awe of the time and money saved thanks to the procedure, she returned home to open Beauty by Ania, a haven for permanent cosmetics, massage, and other spa services. Ania custom blends permanent-makeup pigment, tailoring applications to complement each client's skin and hair tone, and smoothes away dead skin and blemishes with microdermabrasion's safe Natural Diamond crystals so that clients don't have to cuddle up with a belt sander.
Synthetic eyelash extensions that last up to six weeks frame peepers after stints in Beauty by Ania's violet waiting room, decked out with plush, gray chairs. A private treatment room welcomes guests into its beautifying embrace, where glamour packages re-create red-carpet looks before special events or highly talked-about bedtime stories.