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.
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.
Salon Zurell’s stylists start each haircut with an in-depth consultation, and end it with a styling lesson. Using this one-on-one approach, the staff imparts unparalleled wisdom during salon services, which include conditioning treatments, highlights, and perms. The salon also offers spa treatments such as waxing, mani-pedis, and facials performed with organic Éminence products that are completely free of harmful chemicals, additives, and other ingredients that will make dolphins cry.
The Beauty Bar’s continuously educated aesthetic duo of Adriana and Sierra, a makeup artist and stylist, tag teams unwieldy tresses and leaves skin looking sun-smooched with a roster of salon services. Specializing in readying faces for weddings, Sweet 16 parties, and other celebrations, Adriana harnesses the light feel and even finish of airbrushed makeup, imbuing cheeks with a hue as rosy as an embarrassed baby. Alternatively, Sierra styles and colors hair to highlight each client's features and adds length to locks with Fusion hair extensions. Portraits of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe preside over the chandelier-lit styling space, or staff members go mobile, toting their own kits, chair, and lighting to primp at a client's home or in their neighbor's tornado shelter.