A seven-circuit labyrinth sounds like the setting for a Greek myth, but at Branford River Resort and Spa, it is a concrete place patrons visit to practice meditation. Relaxation is not reserved for the labyrinth, though—it pervades the spa and resort as a whole, helping to earn the establishment one of 2012’s Patch Readers’ Choice awards. Visitors can bask in the healing milieu of its infrared sauna, lounge in the onsite gazebo, or unwind during diverse spa treatments.
The spa’s treatments encompass a vast array of facials, which can combat acne or aging, soothe with warm stones, or draw on the healing power of crystals. Massages range from traditional Swedish effleurage to the Shiradora indian head massage, which incorporates kneading upon the back and herbal oil conditioners, just like a cat clinic held in a soap shop. Body wraps ensconce physiques in materials from Dead Sea mud to mylar foil, and a complementary suite of salon services beautifies visitors with custom haircuts, highlights, and nail services.
Eloise Pabst was running out of time. As a result of excessive weight, she was an insulin-dependent diabetic, and her sugars were out of control. Not only was she suffering from high triglycerides and taking three blood-pressure medications, she was enduring chronic back problems, and she couldn't walk long distances. According to her interview on WTNH's Connecticut Style, Pabst's doctor recommended Medical Weight Loss Centers as a last-ditch effort to help her regain her health. The medical staff guided her through their program and helped her lose an impressive 100 pounds in eight months. As noted by physician assistant Monika Fuller in that same news story, Pabst's blood sugars are now stabilized, and she is completely insulin-free. Her triglycerides are normal, and she's cut her blood-pressure medication and reduced her thyroid meds by half. Of her life-changing journey, Pabst said, "Everything is spelled out for you. You know what to eat, they provide the proteins for you … It's very easy. You're constantly eating every two to three hours."
Pabst's story is no different from those of many of the patients at the center—including its own associate medical director, Andy Rodican, PA-C. Rodican himself struggled with diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea before suffering a heart attack in 2002 at the age of 46. He recognized that obesity was the root of his problems, and he now uses what he's learned both personally and as a graduate of the physician associate program at Yale University's School of Medicine to help other people reach their goals. He and his team are specially trained in bariatric medicine. They steer clients toward protein-filled low-calorie and very-low-calorie diets and away from bad carbohydrates.
Laser Center of Milford’s expert staff use focused light to treat three areas of concern: unwanted hair, unwanted inches, and spider veins. Although once effective only on pale complexions, lasers for hair removal now work for any skin type, and Milford’s team couples treatments with a dynamic cooling device to limit discomfort. They effectively employ Zerona and i-Lipo lasers to slim waistlines, and use Candela GentleYag lasers to chase spider veins from view.
If a still pond glimmering in the orange glow of a sunset could be translated into how a person feels, that's the kind of feeling salon owner Dawn Poindexter would want clients to have as they leave her salon. To achieve just such a sense of beauty and relaxation for her guests, expert stylists customize their services to each individual's needs, using use high-end products such as Goldwell for everything from styling and subtle highlights to more complex undertakings like smoothing hair with keratin or smoothing an astronaut's hair in a zero-gravity environment. Red Carpet Salon Services also offers a wide array of mani-pedis as well as a full menu of facials, waxing, and healing massages. Outside the salon, Dawn dedicates her time to the C.H.A.I.N. Fund—a charity devoted to treating cancer patients struggling with financial hardships.
Gina Ledwith, the certified holistic health coach who heads Holistically Well, has struggled with her weight and won. Her weight-loss success inspired her to earn certificates from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Raw Food Institute. With knowledge of over 100 dietary theories under her belt, she teaches the same strategies that helped her lose more than 80 pounds to students at her weight-loss clinic. There, she offers everything from one-on-one coaching to cooking demos and tours of health-food stores.
Employing advanced laser technology, the experienced nurses at Anti-Aging Centers of Connecticut safely and effectively eradicate unwanted hair. The center’s Candela lasers were sent back through time to terminate unsightly strands using tough yet gentle photons that harmlessly pass through the skin and directly impact hair follicles for long-lasting hairlessness. On women, technicians can evict pesky hair from such areas as the abs, bikini line, and pancreas, while men can choose to exile errant threads from the scalp, shoulders, and beneath their pinky toenails. Anti-Aging Centers of Connecticut has performed hundreds of treatments, and all of the facility’s lasers are calibrated for empathy and small talk to ensure client comfort.
Professional massage therapist Steve Bohner cut his teeth at massage schools before receiving state and national certification, licensing to practice in both Connecticut and New York, and opening his own practice. He now runs the show at ZenTherapy Massage, where he provides a range of therapeutic treatments. Swedish and deep-tissue massages address sore muscles and increase relaxation, whereas his reflexology and integrated-acupressure treatments rebalance the flow of energy through the body.