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Lee Olgivie of Littleton gets a manicure from nail technician Anise Belliveau at Soma: The Spa at Bosse Sports in Sudbury.
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Spa-tactular: Relax and renew at Soma
By Nancy Olesin / News Staff Writer
Friday, July 16, 2004

At the exclusive Bosse Sports club in Sudbury, you can sweat it out in the state-of-the-art gym, do a few flip turns in the turquoise Olympic-size pool, volley back and forth on the top-notch tennis courts, or practice your swing or putt inside the 25,000-square-foot golf practice dome.
     Gee, all that exercising sure sounds exhausting.
     Even if you're too tired to work out, or your budget doesn't include room for the hefty initiation fee ($5,000-$8,000) and monthly dues ($300-$500), for a family with up to four children, at this country club-like sports facility on Rte. 20, you can still take a load off in the club's soothing day spa. Soma: The Spa at Bosse Sports, which is open to the public by appointment, offers massages, skincare and body care treatments, manicures and waxing.
     The gorgeous spa facility, decorated in calming tones of tan, taupe, wood and stainless steel, takes you to another world. Once inside, it seems like you're in some far-off location like California or Phoenix instead of just down the road from the Wayland town dump. It's sleek glass and smooth tile are elegance itself. While not huge, the spa rooms are impressive and extraordinarily tasteful.
     Each of the five private treatment rooms, all spotlessly clean as is the rest of the Bosse Sports facility, have names like Solitude, Oasis or Amour. It all sounds just so restful. There are two stainless pedicure stations with soft upholstered seats, two manicure stations and a cozy Ultrasuede sofa and chairs for relaxing or drinking a bottled water between treatments. The whole place whispers calm.
     On a recent visit, aesthetician and makeup artist Lambrini Kitsaki-Tsisas, a native of Greece who trained with Elizabeth Grady salons, gave me a facial that made this 46-year-old working mother of four feel like a star.
     After filling out a questionnaire inquiring about my health and skin (Q: How long has it been since your last facial? A: So long ago I can't remember), I was shown into a treatment room where I changed into a fuzzy, soft white towel and matching robe. As instructed, after the aesthetician left the room, I climbed under the warm cotton sheet and blanket on the spa table and waited for the aesthetician. The soothing sounds of flutes, gently chirping birds, wind and water floated through the air. Already the tension was floating away.
     Kitsaki-Tsisas returned to the room and adjusted the controls of the table to my comfort: head slightly raised, knees at a slight angle. The bed itself was so comfy soft, and it adjusted so smoothly I couldn't help thinking it was just like one of those electric Craftmatic beds you see on the television commercials. After wrapping a towel around my hair, Kitsaki-Tsisas placed two warm, flat stones under my shoulders to help me relax. With the lights turned down low and all the soothing music, I could have stayed there all day just like that.
     Next came the facial: cleansing, with an emollient cream with chamomile, carrot root to promote suppleness and elasticity, antioxident jojoba leaf and willowherb, an anti-irritant. Then came a polishing step with a gentle exfoliator. The gentle woosh of steam floating over my face opened the pores for deep cleansing. Since my skin is older and somewhat dry and ruddy, she used a clarifying and detoxifying mask and then a moisture-replenishing mask. Kitsaki-Tsisas finished up with a moisturizer and a soothing eye cream that smelled like mint.
     In between each treatment, she massaged my face, temples, even my hands. As she touched the pressure points I could feel the tension float away. The spa uses facial cleansers, toners, masks and other treatments that are all-natural, not tested on animals, preservative-free and extremely gentle -- good for dry, sensitive skin like mine, a common problem in New England, she said.
     After, my face felt soft, like I had new skin. Beaming like a bright, shiny new penny I was. I was totally relaxed, renewed and tension-free. I have to say, yes, I even felt more than a little bit beautiful and a tiny bit younger.
     I later learned that the Japanese-made facial products Kitsaki-Tsitsas used on my skin, from Boscia, are also reportedly used by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Keanu Reeves and, more my age, Susan Sarandon. According to the company's literature, Boscia products are used by makeup artists on "Sex and the City," "Crossing Jordan" (who wouldn't want to look like Jill Hennessy?) and "Oprah Winfrey" (and everybody loves Oprah!). No wonder I felt like a star.
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     The essentials:
     Soma: The Spa at Bosse Sports, is located at 141 Boston Post Road, Sudbury. Prices vary, from $17 for a Microcrystal Hand or Foot Treatment, $25 for a 30-minute manicure, to $134 for the Antioxidant Vitamin C Facial. Members of the club get a discount. There are special packages, like the Mom-to-Be Package, including a 50-minute prenatal massage, customized botanical facial, bikini wax, manicure, pedicure, along with a nutritional consultation on the do's and don'ts during pregnancy. It costs $440.
     Guys, don't fret, there's a package for you, too, like the Gentlemen's Getaway Package, at $478. It includes an 80-minute massage, facial, eye brightener, manicure and pedicure, and a nutritional consultation about "Smart Eating Strategies for Men," along with a book, "A Guy's Gotta Eat -- The Regular Guy's Guide to Eating Smart." The book is authored by Russ Klettke, a Chicago triathlete who's written public relations materials for MacDonald's and Nutrasweet, and Deanna Conte, a registered dietician who is the nutrition director at Bosse Sports.
     Spa treatments are by appointment only; call 978-443-7006. For more spa information, see the Bosse Sports Web site at bossesports.com/soma.
     For more information about club memberships, call 978-443-4613 and ask for Brian Lynch, Ellen Singer or another membership consultant. Monthly dues and the initiation fee varies depending on membership type. The initiation fee is fully refundable if you leave the club and another member signs up to take your place. Tours of the facility are by appointment only.
     You can buy Boscia facial products ($6-$38) through the spa, or order online at www.boscia.net.
     

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