By Lina Roque
Bostonians are known for being fast-paced, intense people -- but yelling your blood pressure through the roof in a case of road rage or during a sporting event is no way to go through life. Everyone deserves a little time to relax!
If you’re looking for a break from your busy urban lifestyle, turn any day into a holiday at one of these Boston spas.
Inman Oasis (243 Hampshire St., Inman Square). Located in Cambridge's vibrant and independent Inman Square, Inman Oasis offers massage therapy like most spas, but they’re better known for their private hydrotherapy hot tubs. Not only does hydrotherapy help relieve anxiety and relax tense muscles, it also lowers your internal temperature to enable deeper, more relaxing sleep (insomniacs, take note!). The spa offers private 30-, 40-, and 60-minute soaks in both Japanese-style wooden hot tubs and fiberglass hot tubs, but you need a minimum of two people, so bring a friend.
G20 Spa and Salon (278 Newbury St.). Featured on Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2011 list, G20 Spa and Salon offers a few exclusives that may have helped it take home that win. Quietly nestled on the spa’s top floor, the Skylight Hot Tub offers a view of blue sky during the day and stars at night as you soak. G20’s Experience Room, designed to feel like an exotic Bali paradise, combines herbal-infused steam with ice fog and tropical showers.
étant (524 Tremont St., South End). This trendy spa is known for its quality services, from massage therapy to microdermabrasion, body treatments, and facials; superior staff; and simple, unpretentious, and mellow ambiance. Guys, spas are made for you, too, and étant offers a customized facial for different skin types, incorporating exfoliation, hydration, and deep pore cleansing, plus brow, ear, and neck grooming.
Corbu Spa & Salon at The Charles Hotel (One Bennett Street, Harvard Square). Named after the famous designer and architect Le Corbusier and inspired by life in France, Corbu offers an escape from bustling urban life. From a classic Swedish massage to unique treatments like the Café Mocha Slimming Treatment and Moroccan Oil Hair Mask, Corbu’s skilled therapists will customize and personalize your experience.
Exhale Mind Body Spa (28 Arlington St., Boston Common). Located within the affluent Heritage on the Garden building and overlooking the Common, Exhale is a one-stop shop for all things wellness. The spa aims to merge mind and body, offering body therapies and facials, as well as Vinyasa yoga (among other types), acupuncture, and vibrational therapy. With zen-inspired therapy rooms, dramatic temple-like yoga studios, and healing modality acupuncture, it’s no wonder Exhale was voted 2010’s Best of Citysearch spa and beauty winner.
What spa do you go to when you need to unwind?
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About Lina -- My life could be described as a cross between Eliza Thornberry's (hello '90s!) and 'Mean Girls,' having been home-schooled in the Amazon in my junior high years, then moving to Small Town, USA, and attending real high school. I attended and graduated business school with a hippie-meets-corporate-girl mentality and a passion for doing good and keeping it real. Now, I'm a hands-on media girl, tech-savvy, and have a desire to communicate news and trends from a multicultural perspective.
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