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Products by brands such as Pharmagel, Aquage, Sexy Hair, Moroccanoil, Vavoom, and Essentials jump into clients' hair and hands at Lakeside Hair Boutique and Day Spa. That's because the stylists use them during hair services, but also make them available for sale in the boutique. It's not just high-end products that refresh guests, though. It's also the facials, hair extensions that last up to one year, soothing massages, and luxurious manicures and pedicures. So, in addition to stylists who re-imagine hair-scapes by using Japanese hair-straightening techniques, nail technicians host clients in cozy black leather thrones during mani-pedis. The latter might involve shiny shellac gels that last for up to two weeks without chipping or fading. Elsewhere—in private rooms—massage therapists work away knots and pent-up stress. Their methods include specialized Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone, and aromatherapy massages, as well as just playing a tambourine on your back.

185 Baileyville Road
Middlefield,
CT
US

Like all good relationships, the bonds between Market Square Wellness Center's practitioners and their clients start with great communication. Recognizing that patients' wellness needs and desires can change from day today, they start each session with an in-depth conversation. Its course helps practitioners customize acupuncture and massage treatments and have something to talk about if they run into clients in the supermarket.

For relaxation, the massage therapists rely on the flowing strokes of Swedish massage. To address muscle damage or injuries such as whiplash, they employ deep-tissue techniques or craniosacral therapy, a series of ultralight touches designed to release restrictions in soft tissues that affect the central nervous system. Acupuncture, among other traditional Chinese healing techniques, aims to rebalance the body by stimulating precise points along energy pathways.

Market Square Wellness Center's team might also point clients in the direction of an infrared sauna. The sauna's warming rays help clients immediately relax and may relieve pain, detoxify the body, and clear skin.

100 Market Sq
Newington,
CT
US

With its tufted couches, lavender walls, sweeping staircase, and mirrors in ornate wooden frames, Fifth Harmony Day Spa at Avon offsets its modern treatments with Victorian-style touches. Inside softly lit rooms, massage therapists deeply knead stubborn knots and glide hot stones over tense backs. Other rooms host aestheticians who clarify clients’ pores and use wax to eliminate unwanted leg hair or forehead horns. The spa also carves out a nook for its own health-focused bistro, serving fresh salads and wraps.

29 W Main
Avon,
CT
US

Amid NOVA—Natural Organic Vital Anti-Aging—Spa's warm saffron-and-gold color scheme, wood floors, and Far Eastern art and pottery, its licensed aestheticians accomplish pampering skincare services. They smooth faces using nonsurgical face-lifts, and licensed massage therapists foster tranquility with Swedish and deep-tissue bodywork. Pain-relieving and skin-rejuvenating steam therapy rounds out the spa's indulgent treatments.

1845 Silas Deane Hwy
Rocky Hill,
CT
US

The sound of M Spa and Skincare's bubbling waterfall beckons visitors to surrender stress to the hands of trained therapists. Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate unwind coils of tension, preparing guests for soothing spa services with all-natural products by Yonka and Eve Taylor. In massage rooms, therapists administer a handful of soothing modalities, including Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue, as forest sounds waft through the relaxing spaces, simulating an attack by an incredibly friendly grizzly bear. Beyond mollycoddling recalcitrant muscles, the spa's staff whirs into action buffing and polishing nails, renewing visages with facials, and clear-cutting bodily forests with waxing services.

515 Bridgeport Ave
Shelton,
CT
US

Below the red-and-blue logo of Holistic Retreat & Institute floats the phrase, "Learn, heal, grow," underscoring the center's commitment to making health and education accessible to all. Founder Dr. Alya Shabunin provides a diverse range of holistic and educational services to help her patients make lifestyle changes that can bring about overall wellness. She leads cancer-prevention educational programs, heads up holistic retreats, and guides patients through whole-body detoxification, which can induce weight loss more easily than removing several teeth. She also holds free weekly seminars to raise awareness about disease prevention, proper nutrition, and stress reduction.

1846 Northampton St
Holyoke,
MA
US