Vegans could easily wear out their shoes wandering the streets of Boston in search of an animal- and eco-friendly day spa. But the quest ends at gohspa—whose prefix is a hidden acronym of green, organic, holistic—a beauty haven where staffers use purified water and skincare formulas that are organic, vegan, and, upon request, gluten free. According to Woburn Advocate blogger and organic-lifestyle advocate Betsy Wild, owner Beth Gaudette has been a green cosmetologist for more than 20 years and has constructed her spa with "low VOC paint, cork floors, LED lighting, low flush toilets, energy efficient washers, dryers, heating and cooling systems, [and] organic towels." The building is unsurprisingly LEED-certified, and the spa services have the safety and well-being of both staff and clients in mind. Pedicures, for example, take place in a pipeless unit featuring a filtered dual-water system, with polish that is free of formaldehyde, camphor, or glitter harvested from radioactive pixies.
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 warm and serene Winchester day spa specializes in customized skin treatments, and its highly experienced staff will lavish your mug with a rejuvenating personal pore pampering that leaves you looking as radiant as the smug neighborhood glowworm. The 60-minute facial is customized to meet the specific needs and wants of your skin, and is complemented by a gentle microdermabrasion treatment to buff and exfoliate away dead dermal cells and Hollywood "old person" makeup—revealing the fresher, younger underlayer of skin lurking under the surface like a sexy shark. Along the way, moisturizing and hydrating masks will keep your skin at its freshest, despite any wilting glares from the jealously inflamed summer sun outside. Extractions will also be performed as needed until your face is state-dinner ready.
At Winchester Wellness Centre, two aestheticians and a massage therapist tend not only to the skin's surface but also to the hard-working muscles beneath it. To beautify complexions, aestheticians employ treatments that range from the pore cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturizing of traditional facials to fine-crystal microdermabrasion and oxygen infusions. Meanwhile, the center's massage therapist alleviates aches with reflexology techniques focused on the hands and feet, or she uses Thai massage to stretch muscles, which enhances flexibility more comfortably than sleeping in a pretzel-shaped bed.
A triple-threat aesthetic master with certifications in electrolysis, aesthetics, and lasers, Luann at Spa Associates disables hair growth with high-tech gadgetry and resurfaces skin with potent botanical enzymes. Calling upon her training from Catherine Hinds lnstitute of Esthetics, she scrutinizes skin and develops personalized treatment plans that address issues related to aging. Luann diminishes wrinkles with masks and microdermabrasion treatments, softening the appearance of crow's feet, which develop into eagle talons if left unaddressed.
Aesthetician Tereza Maria Pupeza has fought acne and facial blemishes for the last 24 years, earning raves for her collagen facial from Stuff Magazine in 2011. Her weapons of choice include a microdermabrasion wand, chemical peels, and more than 10 facials, including a marine facial with a mask composed of seaweed and organic silicon.