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.
Paradis Island Tan shifts skin shades with an assortment of indoor tanning options, including beds, standup booths, and UV-free Mystic Tan equipment. Traditional tanning beds bronze bodies with four levels of equipment that begin with 15-minute beds and booths and progress up to the 22,000-watt FutureSun HP bed, which boasts 20 high-pressure lights, four bulbs dedicated to the face and neck, and a 1-ton air-conditioning unit. Mystic Tan booths cover epidermises in DHA-enhanced sunless-tanning solution with the help of MagneTan technology, which polarizes the microparticle mist to make it cling to bodies in a uniform coat. As Insta-Color Bronzer provides a temporary pop of pigmentation, DHA particles in the mist seal in a longer-lasting tan that won't wash off in the shower or during jury duty in Atlantis.
For more than a decade, Physical Therapy and Massage of CT has sent calming ripples through achy muscle waters with its myriad bodywork techniques. The facility's licensed massage therapists can promote relaxation with flowing Swedish strokes or sideline lower-layer muscle aches with firm deep-tissue pressure. Guests also may request other wellness services such as gait training or postural reeducation after an ill-advised belly flop into a kiddie pool.
Once past the quaint brick storefront of Polished Nail Bar & Spa, the spa's receptionist works to make guests comfortable while they await their day of pampering. Amid tiled floors, soft lighting, and sleek white furniture, aestheticians treat fingers and toes like celebrities during indulgent mani-pedis; they also rejuvenate faces with nourishing facial masks and products. A licensed massage therapist kneads stress away through a variety of muscle-melting modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massage. The spa also offers romantic services such as couples massages, encouraging duos to bond without having to wear each other's shoes to work.
The pristinely clean premises of Always Tan sparkle with the beds, sprays, and lotions necessary to achieve a perfectly darkened pelt. Fans and headphones lie waiting inside the shop’s private tanning rooms, where reflector-light beds gradually bronze physiques until they acquire a sun-kissed glow or a marriage proposal from a Rodin sculpture. UV–free Norvell tanning solutions fly from the hands of certified tech Christine Andro as she deftly spritzes faces and bodies with streak-free color.
The extracts in the facial masks at Dolce Vita Day Spa come straight from the herb garden—ginseng, lavender, rosemary, and olive leaf. These botanical ingredients are used to enhance the anti-aging and cleansing effects of specialized skin treatments, including microdermabrasion that polishes pores with fine pumice crystals. Throughout the spa, such add-ons infuse procedures with a personal touch. Nail technicians top off mani-pedis with a soothing paraffin dip, and massage modalities ranging from Swedish to prenatal and postnatal can incorporate cold-stone therapy to ward off headaches.
Owner Annamaria Morello drafted her treatment menus after years spent working in upscale spas and salons. She and her staff of aestheticians keep abreast of cosmetic trends with a commitment to ongoing education, and they relish the opportunity to combine their services into luxurious packages or group parties. Guests of all kinds enjoy complimentary beverages, snacks, and calming music that isn’t just their waxer gently drumming on their belly in a spa space whose light marble counters, big mirrors, and wooden floors evoke an airy seaside cottage.