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Since 1885, Dillons Russian Steam Bath has been steaming stress out of its patrons, making it one of the oldest traditional Russian baths in the United States. Using the time-honored methods of the banya, Dillons' steam chamber seeks to subdue stress and tension with heated granite rocks, billowing steam, and sponges of cold water for invigorating dousing. At its balmiest, the upper bench of the steam room can reach as high as 180 degrees, promoting a healthy, skin-softening sweat and a bevy of ulterior body benefits.

77 Chestnut St
Chelsea,
MA
US

Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

28 Arlington St
Boston,
MA
US

European-trained owner and biochemist Doina Mandrila and her team of aestheticians perform soothing spa services inspired by international beauty traditions. The Orient Essence Ceremony incorporates smooth Balinese pebbles and exotic oils into a relaxing massage, and the full-body hydration of the Velvet Skin Miracle mimics the thermal springs of the city of Spa in Belgium. The spa’s luxurious facials slather skin in natural ingredients, such as dandelion and moisturizing honey. Staff also specialize in gentlemen's facials and treatments formulated specifically for teenage skin issues, such as acne. Waxing services customize or banish body hair, while massage therapy leaves bodies in a state more relaxed than if Mr. Rogers governed Hawaii.

231 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US

At Adara Spa, beauty curators help shape physiques with microcurrent technology and perform waxing and nail services with the goal of bringing out each guest's innate beauty. Microcurrent facials and body treatments help tighten the skin, kick-starting the cogs of the body’s fat-burning system and removing any jerky sticks wedged in its gears. High-quality salon and spa products, including offerings from OPI, Pure Fiji, and G.M. Collin, fill Adara's shelves and stylists' arsenals, allowing staffers to pair skill with rich, effective solutions.

115 Lewis Wharf
Boston,
MA
US

Today's Groupon prettifies any part—big or small, tall or short, blond or brunette, square or circle—at Element Day Spa, an Aveda salon and spa in Charlestown. You get $125 worth of any service, salon or spa, for $50. Element offers seven different types of massages (a Swedish is $85 for an hour), six different facials (the classic Aveda facial is $50 for 30 minutes), waxing (a Brazilian is $65), manicures ($25), haircuts ($45 to $65), hair color ($65+), and more.

91 Main St
Charlestown,
MA
US

The press doesn't lie. Well maybe about foreign policy, but when it comes to spa reviews, Melt's hot reviews in nearly every publication you can imagine are indisputable evidence of the media’s awesomeness.InStyle listed Melt as one of five spas that provides the best facials in all of America. Boston Common said, "Taking luxury and relaxation to a whole new level, Melt spa and salon is sure to pamper even the most discerning of spa-goers." And The Boston Globe called Melt "a mind-riveting thriller". Wait, actually it said that about The Dark Knight, but it called Melt "gorgeous". We're always mixing those two up since they're both so awesome.But what about the people? Citysearch users give Melt a five-star average. Here are a few cyber-pontifications:

172 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US