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Go Ahead, Pamper Yourself This Spring

Mother’s Day, Surviving Another New England Winter, and “Just Because”
Three Great Reasons to Pamper Yourself (or Someone Special) This Spring

By Shelly Aucoin

CB102737It’s been a completely ridiculous winter. Storms, ice, freezing cold. Trees down, electricity out, car batteries dead, roofs caving in, roads reduced to barely half a lane. We’ve shoveled, scraped, and then shoveled some more…lots more. Mother Nature ruled our lives and there was nothing we could do about it…But now there is.

We have all earned a lot of “me time,” a lot of “Calgon, take me away time,” and in the pages that follow, we’re giving you some ideas on how to pamper yourselves and treat yourselves ~ and perhaps your loved ones, too, especially any moms in your life! ~ to some wonderful relaxation and rejuvenation for body, mind, and soul.

Go ahead, be good to yourselves, you’ve earned it. Winter was all about survival. Spring should be all about serenity.

The Spas

Paul Conzo ~ Worcester
Paul Conzo offers a complete “Day of Rejuvenation” that is the perfect Mother’s Day gift; the package includes a Steam Shower, Optimizer Facial, Hour Relaxing Massage, Anti-Aging Manicure, Moisturizing Pedicure, Lunch, and a Shampoo and Blow-Dry. This head to toe stress reliever takes approximately 6 1/4 hours. If you can put a price on heaven, it’s $354. Or maybe you’d prefer to treat mom to the “Endless Pleasure” package, designed to put her in a state of bliss. The package includes a Steam Shower, Yonka Facial, Relaxing One Hour Body Massage, Lunch, Basic Manicure, Moisturizing Pedicure, Shampoo and Blow-dry and will cost around $303. Men may want to explore “The Workout for Men,” a package designed to help work out tension and relieve stress. This package, approximately 3 1⁄2 hours for $228, includes a Steam Shower, a One Hour Relaxing Massage, our Fitness Facial and a Gentlemen’s Pedicure. Couples Massages are Orchids, Candles and Pebblealso available upon request. Can you think of a better way to spend time together? Neither can we!

490 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, 508-754-5418,

Tu Moda ~ Worcester

Open since 1987, Tu Moda employs a professional staff who to help you achieve a balance between physical appearance and a state of well-being. Beautiful wall murals, decadent stone tiling and whimsical lighting will make you feel as though you’re on vacation in a far away country. If you can’t be thousands of miles away, at least your troubles can be. If you need to get lost for the day, try “Day of Beauty:” Tu Moda promises that you’ll look and feel rested and revitalized after your choice of a Seaweed Body Wrap or Hydro-therapy treatment, followed by a one-hour Massage. An Eyezone Facial will precede a healthy lunch in the peaceful Garden Room. Then, you will receive a Classic Manicure and Spa Pedicure. A Scalp Massage, Shampoo, Blow Dry, and Make-Up Application will make your day complete. An optional hair cut is also available. The Couples Suite is available for hourly rental for any services you and your special someone choose. A wide variety of massage is available including aromatherapy, deep tissue, la stone, ashiatsu, reflexology, mind & body, aveda, hydrotherm, pregnancy hydrotherm (perfect for a mom-to-be to share with a grandmother-to-be!) and Tu Moda’s signature massage.

574 Pleasant St., Worcester, 508-754-1513,

The Claw Shop ~ Leominster

Their “Your Special Day” package is six hours of pure bliss consisting of a manicure, a pedicure, a facial, a half hour massage, hair wash and style (which can be a formal up-do if you like), and complete make-up. For $245 you’ll come out feeling and looking like a million bucks. If you’d prefer to share your bliss with your special someone, go in for the “Couples Massage” where you’ll be nestled into the same cozy room while you get one hour massages side by side. Choose a comforting rub down or a deep tissue exploration for $130. If your husband is on the shy side or just won’t cooperate, grab your mom, daughter, or best girlfriend and treat her instead. The Claw Shop offers a wide range of acupuncture services designed to treat specific problems such as neck and shoulder pain, anemia, sinusitis, food allergies, depression, PMS and morning sickness, and indigestion. Zen Shiatsu is also available, incorporating acupressure and Amma therapy, concentrating on the more subtle vibrations of the human body, focusing on the balance and movement of energy.

1123 Central St., Leominster, 978-840-8888,

St. Cyr ~ Worcester

St. Cyr Salon and Spa offers to help you escape with the “Day of Luxury” package. The day includes Sauna, Nourishing Sea Mud Therapy, One Hour Aromatherapy Massage, European Facial, Spa Lunch, Haircut and Blow-Dry Styling, Makeup Application, European Pedicure and Classic Manicure. Decorated in historical luxury, the St. Cyr salon is an exercise in pure first class luxury. This might just be the best $350 you ever spend. Their most popular package is the “Ultimate Pampering Package.” It combines all of their most requested services: Day Spa Massage, St. Cyr Signature Facial, Luxury Pedicure and Spa Manicure for a mere $240.Their entire third floor is devoted to bridal parties and can be rented out for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, baby showers or company outings. Gentlemen, you need to be pampered too. Check out the “Men’s De-Stress Package” for $200: One Hour Massage, Optimizing Men’s Facial and Back Facial.

235 Park Ave., Worcester, 508-752-2222,

Tangled Salon ~ Worcester
We all trudge dutifully to the salon to get our roots touched up or our layers trimmed until one day it seems the fun has gone out of it. Jenna Shapiro, owner of Tangled, has devised an ingenious solution that provides a special treat for clients: every six weeks (by appointment only) the Keratriplex Treatment is offered as a private service that includes a 15 minute hand massage, wine and hors d’oeuvres, blowout style and 10% off all Awapuhi Wild Ginger Maintenance products that accompany the Keratriplex Treatment for only $30.00.The Keratriplex Treatment is a blend of 3 proteins that penetrate into the hair to rebuild and reinforce the hair’s cuticle – a must have indulgence for those of us with processed, sun damaged or otherwise dull hair. It significantly reduces breakage, improves shine and protects your investment by preventing color fade.

373 Shrewsbury St., Worcester,

Nicholas Michaels ~ Northborough
Set in an 18th century landmark property, Nicholas Michaels Spa radiates simple elegance. Old and new meet harmoniously in the design, transporting you to another place where you haven’t a care in the world. Let the world melt away with the “A Day at Nicholas Michaels” package. Upon arriving at Nicholas Michaels, you’ll slip into your robe and slippers as a warm, healing footbath and herbal tea are prepared for you. Your Spa Treatments commence with Nicholas Michaels Signature Services: Massage, Facial, Manicure, Paraffin Hand Treatment and Herbal Healing Pedicure. Then you’re treated to a light refreshment. Your next stop is the Hair Salon for a shampoo, cut and style. Conclude your day with a fresh Seasonal Makeup Application – $385. Or perhaps you’d prefer a “Rejuvenation Day:” Begin your day with a therapeutic Signature Massage followed by a Revitalizing Mud Therapy Body Treatment pedicure1-copywhich ends with a gentle cleansing rain. Right before you receive a Signature Manicure and Paraffin Hand Treatment, enjoy a seasonal refreshment. Your rejuvenation day concludes with a shampoo and blow dry – $245.

422 West Main St., Northborough,

Diorio’s ~ Worcester
Diorio’s is a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon with a long history. It was opened in 1954 as “John’s Barbershop” with $0.75 haircuts and survived the Great Depression. Now that we’re in the Great Recession, they’ll help you get through with their line of hair, skin and massage services. Erase stress lines with one of their facial treatments such as Powerful Surface Peels, Microtreatments or Specialty Masks. If you carry your stress in your body, Diorio’s offers a wide variety of full body treatments: their Herbology Body Retexturizer smoothes, exfoliates and hydrates while Chinese herbs feed the skin with nutrients and it includes a 5-phase Herbology Mask. Forget your troubles with a Bioelements Aromatherapy Oil Wrap, designed to rewire your senses while providing a relaxing scalp massage or custom facial. Shed your dull winter skin with a Cactus Cloth Body Polish, a Siddha Body Detoxification or an Arctic Algae Body Treatment. Think of it as your one stop shop for head to toe perfection and relaxation.

335 Plantation St., Worcester,
Divine Day Spa ~ Shrewsbury
The Divine Day Spa offers a full range of cosmetic skincare solutions, using the most up-to-date technology and equipment. “Full range” includes helping out with the build-up of cellulite we all acquired while trapped indoors this winter. DDS offers a special Good Bye Cellulite body massage along with Dr. Murad’s Cellulite Solution products that increase your circulation, firm your skin and help expedite the desired cellulite reduction process. Treat yourself to a series of six or ten. While you’re at it, go for a one of a kind Ultrasonic Facial Treatment: DermaSound Elite delivers antioxidants through pathways at the cellular level to nourish and heal the skin. The final result is smoother, healthier, and younger looking skin. Other rejuvenating services include Oxygen Facials, Youth Re-Defined, and the Antioxidant Boost. A special facial just for men caters to the polished man in your life: the Gentlemen’s Escape helps fight daily skin damage while calming razor-burned skin. Speaking of “special someone,” bring yours in for a Divine Couples Massage ~ a great experience to share! Both Swedish and Deep Tissue/Sports are available.

63 Boston Turnpike Rd (Rte. 9), Shrewsbury, 508-791-6060,

The Spa at Capron Falls ~ Uxbridge
The Ultimate Capron, a four hour package, is the ultimate in pampering and will have you leaving fully relaxed and eager to come back for more. Experience a relaxing 60 minute massage followed by a collagen facial, Radiant Ritual Manicure and Pedicure, and then a haircut and style. Complete your total transformation with makeup application accompanied by instruction. If you’re more interested in looking like a million bucks than feeling like a million bucks, The Spa recommends The Capron Signature. Three and a half hours and $200 later, you’ll be a new you. Go in for new color and cut with one of their stylists and then sit back for an amazing experience, the Capron Facial. You’ll leave feeling and looking completely rejuvenated. If you’re pressed for time, try The Capron Triple or the Complete Capron. The Complete is a one and half hour session of blow dry, style and makeup application. The Triple is two and a half hours of pure pleasure consisting of a White Tea Pedicure, Glycolic Manicure and 60 minute Swedish Massage. Personally, I say go for both! Special services for men are also offered: manicure, pedicure, massage, faciYellow flowers on stacked stonesals and beard trim.

27 Mendon St., Uxbridge,

The Massages

Jennifer’s Massage Therapy and Bodywork ~ Worcester

Jennifer Cordova promises that your body will thank you for every massage you receive. Your needs and concerns are hers and she will do everything she can to help you feel your best. Jennifer specializes in Wellness/Healing/Prevention, Headache/Migraine, Muscle Aches, Sprains and Strains, Fibromyalgia, and Pain Management. She offers a wide variety of treatment options including less common therapies like Trigger Point Therapy, Ear Candling, Stone Massage, Paraffin. Of course Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Muscle Therapy and other more traditional techniques are also available but with options like these, Vitality says it’s time to try something new!

1405 Main St., Suite 9, Worcester, 508-794-9938

Serenity Massage Bodywork ~ Whitinsville
Serenity Massage and Bodywork invites you to take a break from life’s aches and pains with one of their many specialty massage therapies. Long flowing strokes soothe the body, bringing peace and relaxation during Swedish massage. If you’re recovering from an injury or suffering from a severe case of “over-shoveling,” the slow deliberate strokes of a Deep Tissue Sports massage will help break up scar tissue and ease pain from injury (if you’ve sustained an injury, please consult a doctor before having any sort of massage performed on you!). For those of us with odd aches and pains we can’t quite place, Serenity recommends Reflexology: soothing foot and hand massage and acupressure that helps relieve pain and dis-ease in all areas of the body. Myofascial Release, Lymph Drainage, Craniosacral Therapy and Pregnancy Massage are also available.

100 Main St., Suite 106, Whitinsville, 508-234-8501,

Deep Relief Massage Therapy ~ West Boylstonstillwater-spa-toronto-1-copy
Owner Jessica Weagle is passionate about massage. She was inspired to go into the practice after receiving her first massage in college. Since then, she’s built an impressive menu of services: Craniosacral Therapy designed to target a long list of specific ailments by tapping into the pulse of the client’s craniosacral system, Side Laying and Prenatal Massage which isn’t just for expectant mothers, and Myofascial Release which focuses on providing relief to your over stressed facial tissue. Perhaps most importantly, Outcall services are available. That’s right ~ you don’t have to set foot outside your house to get all the benefits of a professional massage!

294 West Boylston St., West Boylston, 508-344-2886,

All About Touch Massage Therapy ~ Worcester
Improve your quality of life and bring a state of balance to your body through a combination of therapeutic massage and nutritional well being. In addition to Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage, All About Touch offers personalized Medical Nutritional Counseling to help you feel your very best. Nutritional Counseling offers an education in nutritional facts, eating habits, nutrients, allergies, and weight loss. Complex sessions are also available to deal with issues including eating disorders. Massage rates start at $35 for a half hour of stress releasing, heavenly bliss. Their unique Busy Bride Package provides a one hour full body massage for the bride, 15 minute chair massage for four attendants, and complimentary cheese, crackers and sparkling cider for only $185.

1086 Pleasant St., Worcester, 508-752-6700,

Revive in Home Massage ~ Westborough
Revive offers a unique service – they come to you! “If you are looking for the luxury, pampering and convenience of some cherished ‘Me Time,’ want a romantic evening with your special someone, or would like to create a celebration with cherished friends, Revive will make it a night to remember!” Services available include Amazing Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Sports Massage, and Pre- and Post- Natal Massage. Revive in Home Massage will put a special touch of luxury on your next Girls Night In, Mother Daughter Retreat, Birthday, Anniversary, or Graduation. They even offer Tarot Card Readings and the highly sought after Partner Massage Instruction!

Westborough, 508-836-9864,

With all these wonderful options available, why not treat yourself or a loved one ~ or both! ~ to a day devoted to nothing but relaxation, serenity, and rejuvenation. You deserve it!

Beechwood Hotel ~ Worcester245122_l-copy
What better way to indulge yourself than at a luxury boutique hotel that will make you feel like you’re on vacation even though you’re still just minutes from home? Combine getting away from it all with the Divine Spa Package at Beechwood. The package includes sumptuous overnight accommodations for two, the Executive Continental Breakfast, and a $65 spa credit each for your choice of Relaxation Massage, Divine Facial, or Salt Glow. Wrap up your perfect day at the Ceres Bistro, which features a delectable menu designed around fresh, seasonal ingredients. Beechwood is known for its world class lodging and dining amenities, so you can pamper your body, mind, soul and taste buds all at once. This will be a “staycation” to remember!

363 Plantation St., Worcester,

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