By Melissa Coleman
Photographs by Kari Herer
Give me a four-hand, hot-stone massage over Botox injections any day. This relaxing session takes off five years in a mere 60 or 90 minutes. Ask for Shahida Keen, one of those lovely souls with enough vitality left over to give impromptu shoulder rubs to friends in her spare time.
193 Middle St. | Portland | 207.772.9060 | akaribeauty.com
02 Saco Healing Arts Center
Conscious touch is the hallmark of an excellent massage, and it’s a skill Beth Koehler emphasizes in her practice. She’s also the godmother of at least 1,000 Spa Tech Institute massage therapists—she wrote the training manual. Or, donate your body to education at the Spa Tech student massage clinic for only $30 a session.
209 Main St., Suite 301 | Saco | 207.284.8556 | sacohealingarts.com
Spa Tech Institute | 100 Larrabee Rd. | Westbrook | 207.591.4141 | spatech.edu
03 Heaven + Earth Day Spa + Wellness Center
The nearby congestion on Route 302 may not be heaven on earth, but this spa is indeed rapture for aches and pains in need of soothing, particularly on the way home from a rigorous shopping spree or skiing excursion in North Conway. Ask for Becky Gumble, a Spa Tech grad with excellent training and a healing touch.
108 Tandberg Trl. | Windham 207.893.0033 | heavenandearthmassage.com
04 Beauty Mark Spa
I almost feel undeserving of Beauty Mark’s signature “Sea and Senses” hot- and cold-stone full-body exfoliation massage. Then I remind myself that I’m the mother of twins. Don’t let the pampering, or Jessica Kent’s slender frame, fool you—she gets out even the deepest mommy (or daddy) knots.
5 Mountain St. | Camden | 207.230.1170 | beautymarkspa.com
05 Waldoboro Chiropractic and Spa
This healing center uses multiple forms of treatment to ensure that you walk away whole. Ask for Kathleen Ocean, who was trained nearby at the Downeast School of Massage, where expectant mothers can get free massages from students.
290 Bremen Rd., Route 32 South Waldoboro | 207.832.6347 | waldoborochiropracticandspa.net
Downeast School of Massage | 99 Moose Meadow Ln. | Waldoboro | 207.832.5531
06 Nine Stones
Pam Macomber’s peaceful oasis in the Old Port was recently enhanced by a new relaxation room and a manicure-pedicure spa outfitted with fabrics from Angela Adams. Banish winter stiffness with a signature hot-stone treatment or a couple’s session featuring Lomi Lomi techniques.
250 Commercial St. | Portland | 207.772.8480 | ninestonesspa.com