Candlelight flickers across the bright yellow and purple walls of Jennifer Calvo’s massage studio, where the licensed massage therapist enlists her training in a range of methodologies to bust stress and assuage aches and pains. Jennifer begins each and every therapy session with an in-depth look at her client’s health history, then dives into problem areas with the flowing strokes and pulsating taps of a Swedish massage, or the localized attention and muscle-melting kneads featured in deep-tissue therapy. An expertise in myofascial release allows her to free limbs from tightness and chronic pain. When not scaring away stress or volunteering with Special Olympics Connecticut, Jennifer invites miniature yogis to join Kids' Yoga, which calls upon games and music to teach children, adults, and teddy bears cooperation and compassion.
Joe Sassu runs the Paul Mitchell focus salon Sassu Cuts, where he strives to develop the feel and style of a New York City hair salon. He and his newest staffer, Abby Ayala, also do their level best to create NYC-inspired hairstyles, performing an array of beauty services. Abby’s background includes second place in her field at SkillsUSA, a competition among thousands of students from Connecticut’s technical schools. Amid exposed brick and in front of stylist stations that resemble large modern toolboxes, they cut new ‘dos, correct faltering color, wax away unwanted hairs, and perform bridal services, such as convincing a groom to get the first haircut of his life.
The Hairs Inn Salon offers more than just hair design, but—with a full service hair studio, color bar, and stylists that perform countless treatments—it’s fitting that hair earned its place on the marquee. Owner and stylist Holly Johnson oversees a talented roster of beauticians as they provide elegant cuts and embellishments, such as coloring and keratin treatments. Additionally, this full-service salon—which services men, women, and children—offers makeup applications, waxing, and beauty services tailored to help clients prepare for special events.
Bridges To Health founder Lee Stang is a decorated massage artist who has taught at national schools, presented at conferences, and traveled with professional sports teams around the world. Lee has gathered together a friendly and nationally certified staff of therapists specializing in pain management, rehabilitation, and relaxation. Customers looking to alleviate tension can melt calcified stress with a hot-stone treatment or unwind under the flowing strokes and soft-tissue manipulation of Swedish massage. Coiled carapaces of muscle or muscles that are actually screaming lizards can benefit from the connective-tissue mobilization of a myofascial release, or opt for the more specialized orthopedic massage, which assesses and treats tight or damaged tissue resulting from occupational or sports injury.
When Foot Reflexology CT founder Barbara Chudiak was growing up, her mother purchased a book entitled Stories Your Feet Can Tell. Barbara’s mother was enamored with how feet act as a link to the rest of the body—specifically, how pressure applied to the feet can help alleviate aches and stress. If Barbara ever came down with a stomach ache, or a headache, her mother would skip trips to the doctor and administer reflexology treatments. To Barbara's own amazement, the approach worked.
Barbara followed in the footsteps of her mother's fascination with reflexology as an adult. At first, she only used her healing touch on family and friends but soon realized she could help scores of others. So, she ditched the fast-paced world of business and opened Foot Reflexology CT. There, Barbara's reward isn’t a corner office with a view, but the relaxed and rejuvenated faces of her clients following a session. Barbara's repertoire of treatments stretches beyond feet, too, as she applies similar principles to the hands, face, and head to alleviate discomfort and reduce stress.
While one staffer carefully draws on an intricate henna tattoo, another uses two twisted threads to cleanly remove unwanted facial hair. This is Shringar Palace, where the team specializes in Indian beauty services, including herbal facials. The licensed aestheticians are also experts in waxing and makeup applications, which they can tailor to a night out, a wedding, or an afternoon black-tie barbecue.
Kristina Mozzicato is a modern-day Renaissance woman. In addition to earning two bachelor's degrees from the College of the Holy Cross in Italian studies and music, she baked and souffléd her way to a culinary-arts certificate from the Connecticut Culinary Institute. So it wasn’t too much of a stretch for her to add a degree from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, a massage license, and national certification to her list of credentials.
In characteristic Kristina style, she approaches her bodywork with a refreshing degree of meticulousness. To protect her clients from parabens, artificial preservatives, and synthetic chemicals, Kristina uses only nontoxic lotions and creams during her massages. She's especially fond of Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils, and incorporates them into her sessions gratis upon request. While she kneads sinews, she draws on a range of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, and hot stone. Taking the path less traveled, her raindrop massage technique combines Vita-Flex techniques with essential oils to bring the body and mind into harmony, boost immunity, and reduce pain. When she isn't helping humans mend, she massages canines to help them cope with stress, aching joints, injuries, and nightmares about vengeful squirrels.