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.
Back in his wrestling days, Doctor of Chiropractic Andrew Hawley suffered a lower-back and rib injury that he thought would take him off the mat for good. However, a series of visits to a chiropractor soon restored him to competition shape. This experience drew him to chiropractic, and together with his wife, Doctor of Chiropractic Nicole Porzio-Hawley, he opened Porzio-Hawley Chiropractic and Nutrition Center.
Often the last resort for patients who have tried “everything else,” Dr. Hawley specializes in healing sports injuries that otherwise might be chronic. He treats muscle adhesions from athletic issues and repetitive use with the active-release technique and the instrument-assisted Graston technique. Both work to break down scar tissue and restore function and mobility.
With a forte in nutrition, Dr. Porzio-Hawley gives personalized nutrition advice that accounts for health problems and weight issues. In addition to passing this knowledge to clients, the trio escorts clients to the grocery store to suggest healthy choices and to ride in the cart. Other treatments, such as basic chiropractic care and acupuncture, support overall wellness.
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.
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.
Reiki, meditation, and massage helped Annette Rouze beat PTSD. Today, as a licensed massage therapist and reiki master, she shows others the path to physical and mental wellness at Healing Bean Massage. Her services include Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage.
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.