Jane Aransky, owner and founder of La Residencia Spa, in Newton, Massachusetts, prides herself in offering a comforting, homelike atmosphere to her clients—hence the name, La Residencia, which means “home” in Spanish. However, she had to travel a long way from her comfort zone in order to be able to offer her clients this nurturing environment.
When Aransky was 21, after graduating from Boston University with a liberal arts degree, she got married and soon became a mother of two children. And although she had a career as a lab technician, she found herself growing in a different direction after a chance visit to a local spa. “I was visiting a friend in Boston, and she asked if I had ever had a facial,” she recalls, and because she hadn’t, they decided to experience one at The Elizabeth Grady Company. “I thought it was an amazing experience, and I asked John Grady, the facility’s owner, if I could open a franchise.”
Grady asked Aransky if she knew anything about skin care, and she admitted that she didn’t. It was this catalyst that caused her to pursue her cosmetology license in Massachusetts, as well as her esthetic license, by attending the Christine Valmy International School in New York. “I had two children, and my husband and friends took care of the kids during the week while I attended school. I flew back and forth on the weekends; all this to become an esthetician,” she explains.