After a gluttonous holiday season, the first month of the year has a way of kicking your resolve into overdrive. But before you condemn yourself to boot camp-style workouts and carrot-only diets, enhance your stay in Boston with these painless tips to a healthier, prettier you.
After spending all those long hours indoors, you’re probably feeling a bit under the weather. Rather than reaching for the NyQuil, allay your mid-winter ailments at The Sports Club LA’s Splash Spa (4 Avery St., 617-375-8200) with the aromatherapy aloe wrap. By relieving aches and stimulating the immune system through the restorative powers of spruce, thyme, tea tree oil and eucalyptus, this soothing Aloe Vera body wrap is sure to get you back on your feet.
Speaking of your tootsies, we wager that several months have passed since they’ve seen the light of day—let alone a pedicurist. If snow boots and ski socks have left your soles in need of some extra attention, opt for “The Machine” pedicure add-on at G Spa (35 Newbury St., 617-267-4772). Mere seconds of treatment by this spinning, sloughing device from South America promises to rid your feet of even the most stubborn calluses.
Between the eggnog and the champagne toasts, December is a trying time for the liver. To rid yourself of post-binge negatives, head to Boston Dtox (83 Newbury St., 617-867-0007), where a non-invasive 23-minute treatment purifies you on a cellular level through a high-tech ionized footbath.
If all that partying is more evident in your face, treat yourself to an organic detoxifying facial at Violet Skin Boutique (257 Newbury St., 617-262-7546). Designed by salon owner Violet Mkhytarian, this back-to-basics facial consists of a deep cleansing using herbal extracts, an exfoliation using a cranberry peel with volcanic ash and a green tea mask followed by an invigorating hand, foot and neck massage.
Treat your tresses
Your mane has been cowering under a hat since November. To beautify your neglected follicles, entrust them to the pros at Vidal Sassoon (14 Newbury St., 617-536-5496) and invest in the treatment cut. Before being cut into shape, your strands are sprayed with one of three deep conditioning treatments from the Parisian hair product line Kérastase, saving you time by coifing and fortifying all at once.
For the gentlemen, we recommend paying a visit to the Men’s Club at Emerge (275 Newbury St., 617-437-0006) and upgrading your haircut with a 30-minute scalp massage, sure to restore balance both inside and on top of your head.
Illustrious as they usually are, chances are all that post-holiday pandemonium has saddled your eyes with some excess baggage. Put the sparkle back in your gaze with an eye ritual at Michaud Cosmedix (69 Newbury St., 617-262-1607). Using sophisticated eye care products from the French line Talika, this 45-minute treatment revitalizes your eyes with a gel mask and a lymphatic fluid-draining massage.
After de-puffing, give your eyes some dramatic, natural-looking flair with a full set of semi-permanent eyelash extensions at LuxLash (232 Newbury St., 617-587-5274). By bonding lightweight synthetic eyelashes with your real lashes, this treatment leaves you with a set of flirty peepers that lasts for up to two months.
Get some face time
Constant exposure to sub-zero temperatures is enough to do a number on anyone’s skin. If your pores are in need of some TLC, seek solace at La Residencia (336 Elliot St., Newton, 617-244-1338). Nestled in a quaint Victorian house, this cozy spa offers customized skincare including owner Jane Aranky’s signature facial, a relaxing 90-minute treatment that caters to your skin’s specific needs.
If your pores require some extra thawing, opt for esthetician Rachel Zaltman-Murphy’s American facial at The Loft Salon & Day Spa (207 Newbury St., 617-536-5638). Instead of the usual steam bath, this facial prepares your pores for extraction by warming them with an electric plastic heat mask that strengthens the capillary walls.
The fountain of youth is yet to be discovered, but thanks to modern technology, you have the ability to rid your visage of telltale aging signs. One path to a more youthful-looking complexion is the Visia skin analysis at the Essentially Bare Cosmetic and Laser Clinic (777 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-876-5258). By testing your face for evenness, photodamage and bacteria, a machine provides you with a detailed map of your skin, allowing you to build a skincare regimen that pinpoints your problem areas. Therapeutic as they may be, skincare products can only go so far to defy gravity. If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, look no further than the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary’s Facial and Cosmetic Surgery Center (273 Charles St., 617-573-5520). Teamed with one of the best healthcare providers in the nation, the center offers procedures like the mini facelift, a minimally invasive surgery that targets your neck and lower face.
Sometimes, self-betterment is more enjoyable when you bring a sidekick. For the ultimate treatment for two, take your significant other to G2O Spa (338 Newbury St., 617-262-2220) and try the Rasul signature ceremony. Nothing says bonding like getting doused with mineral mud from head to toe and relaxing in an elaborately decorated steam chamber.
If mud does not constitute your idea of a good time, stay clean with the signature Hydrostorm treatment at Emerge. Inspired by European hydrotherapy, this single or two-person treatment combines shower, steam, color and aromatherapy to relieve stress and promote overall physical wellness. Too intense? Opt for the La Stone Therapy massage for two and let the weight of several smooth, heated stones warm up your senses.
As we’ve often heard our mothers say, good health starts with good food. If you’re struck by a craving for a greasy burger, stay clear of the usual fast food chains and head to b.good (131 Dartmouth St., 617-424-5252). A step up from McDonald’s, this health-conscious eatery satisfies your appetite while curbing your fat cal intake by eliminating the deep fryer and cooking with all-natural ingredients.
For some, proper nutrition involves more than just mere carb counting. The new DO IT program at the Joslin Diabetes Center (One Joslin Pl., 617-732-2400) guides diabetes patients towards an active, healthy lifestyle through an intensive four-day program focused on exercise, medication and personalized nutrition.
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned practitioner, the mental and physical benefits of yoga make it an essential component of any workout regimen. While in Boston, perfect your Cobra pose at Baptiste Yoga (139 Columbus Ave., 617-423-9642), a dynamic new practice that marries the concepts of Vinyasa flow and power yoga.
If you’re looking for a challenge, try out a class at Bikram Yoga (108 Lincoln St., 617-556-9926). Originated in Calcutta, India, this internationally renowned approach to yoga oxygenates the body through a systematic series of twenty-six intense postures.
Hit the ground
Home to one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathons, Boston is a Mecca for recreational runners. Whether your goal is to power walk in the park or sprint to the finish line, get your kicks at Marathon Sports (671 Boylston St., 617-267-4774). With personalized shoe fitting and video gait analysis, this famous shop has been catering to walkers and marathoners since 1975.
As the record-breaking winner of four
Boston Marathons, Bill Rodgers is the Hub’s
running guru. For one-on-one shoe fitting
and tips from the pro, visit Rodgers’ shop,
Bill Rodgers Running
Center (Faneuil Hall Marketplace,
617-723-5612), and stock up on everything
from shoe inserts to official marathon gear.
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