Yessssss!: A day spa gift says, “I love you!” And also, “Would you just sit still for a minute?”

CitronSpaIt’s the week before Christmas and you have no time to shop, but there are people on your list who deserve a gift that tells them they are special. I know just the thing – and you can get it online without leaving the comfort of your home.

There is absolutely nothing better on a cold New England day than to be whisked to the warm, herb-scented womb of a day spa. Any woman or man in your life will appreciate being pampered by the soft, knowing hands of a spa therapist. Hot stone treatments, warm oil massage, steaming, misting and soothing scents are but a click away.

If you want the consumer security of a national chain, Massage Envy has a good customer satisfaction rating and their multiple locations make them easily accessible. Packages and services are available at competitive industry prices. If you visit the company website at, you’ll be offered two free session enhancements when you purchase $100 in gift cards. Note: Online access is instantaneous but their telephone answering system is somewhat impersonal; you may have to wait a bit for a call back.

If you are looking for a more personalized experience, try Tranquility Day Spa in North Kingston. Owner and revitalization specialist Elizabeth Denbow has been there since 2002, and she makes it her mission to create a unique experience for her clients. All of her products are organic and the salon is furnished with antiques and hand- crafted decor. On weekends, she even bakes for her clients. This pampering is within an affordable price range, and this month, she offers gift certificates for Revitalite facial treatments and a hot stone treatment. Visit online at or give Elizabeth a call at 401-233-4544. She answers her phone!

For super convenience in the heart of downtown Providence at the Regency Plaza, in Bldg 3, Suite 2, Eliza Williams Restorative Body Therapies offers complimentary parking for customers. They also offer specials on gift certificates – for every $200 you spend, they gift you with $50 in return. This spa offers a full range of services including microdermabrasion, body wraps and waxing, and their professional massage treatments are a favorite with local athletes. Give Andrea a call at 401-383-9989 to book an appointment, or get details on their other holiday specials and order online at

If you live on Providence’s East Side and want to try a fusion of holistic and modern medical treatments, check out Citron Spa at 225 Wayland Ave. Owner Christina Allen has been at this location for six years, and her salon offers a distinctive combination of services ranging from the latest technology in peels and Botox, to massage, facials and waxing that incorporate the use of all-natural ingredients. There is a doctor on staff as well as expert aestheticians. Buy gift certificates online at, or give Christina a call at 401-861-0908 and ask about their holiday specials.

If you are looking for a truly special, one-of-a-kind, ultimate massage experience, I highly recommend Thai Tranquility at One Richmond Square, Suite 120K. An authentic Thai massage can be a life-altering experience, and founder Kullawan is the real thing – she acquired her healing powers at the world renowned Wat Po school, where traditional formal Thai Massage instruction originated. She has been practicing in RI since 2008 and we are lucky to have her. The skilled and nimble hands of a Thai masseuse can undo years of damage in a single session – be prepared to leave feeling completely renewed. For the holidays, Thai Tranquility offers a 20% discount on services. You can find all services and spa info at or call them at 401-615-4052. While you’re shopping for friends, book yourself an appointment, too. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year.



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