Those who adore the affection of cuddly puppies, kittens, and iguanas know that taking care of your skin makes animals more likely to lick your face with their life-giving tongues. Today's Groupon gets you a massage and facial at Toscana European Day Spa on Newbury Street. For $75 you'll get a European facial ($85 value) and your choice of a 60-minute Swedish massage or reflexology treatment ($75–$90 value). In 2009, Boston CityVoters made Toscana a top five Best Day Spa. Call ahead to make an appointment.
Retreat to Toscana's comfortable cream-colored furniture, bare-brick walls, and high ceilings (click here to see photos) for a soothing massage. Swedish massage uses long, connective strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. If you choose reflexology, Toscana's experienced therapists will apply targeted pressure to feet and hands to healthify and relaxify other parts of the body.
Toscana's European facial helps maintain a healthy complexion with a probably edible cleansing that uses grapefruit, aloe vera, or honey extract and an exfoliating oat-flour treatment. Your friendly aesthetician will cover your countenance in a purifying mask and indulge your mug in massage. Each facial targets your skin's specific issues to rejuvenate tired face skin and restore radiance to your visage. Toscana exclusively uses organic products such as Eminence Organic Skin Care. If you'd prefer a pumpkin and orange treatment or a tangerine and ginger renewal, you can use the $85 value of the European facial toward any of Toscana's other options and pay the difference.
Toscana's owner, Doina Mandrila, has been in the skincare business for more than 35 years. She worked at the famous Ana Aslan anti-aging research institute in Europe before she decided to start Toscana in Boston. Mandrila's medical background ensures her tribe of scientifically focused aestheticians will treat your skin with care.
- I received an 1 hour massage that I needed so bad. I absolutely loved it and didn't want it to end, Kate was amazing. Even my husband came the next day to get a massage as well. – lesleywth, Citysearch
- I had a massage with Jessica, and seriously, it was amazing. I have been told before that my back is hopeless, but I left there feeling brand new. – cuseorange, Citysearch
- Momma Toscana, it's true, you are a miracle maker! My face doesn't go through the all those monthly breakouts since visiting you. My stylists recommended I try a facial with you and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. – alex321123, CityVoter
Toscana European Day Spa
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.