Led by Dr. Arnold Rivera and PA-C Scott Callahan, Dolce Vida Medical Spa's skilled staff performs high-tech skin and body rejuvenations alongside relaxing spa treatments. Light-based body-sculpting sessions, IPL skincare, and injectable solutions such as Dysport and Radiesse help patrons remain youthful without wearing their senior-class photo as a mask. Drawing from an apothecary of high-end skincare products from Éminence, SkinTherapeutic, and Revision Skin Care, aestheticians nurture façades with specialized masks, and massage therapists ease tension from torsos with hot stones, lava shells, frozen oven mitts, or bare hands.
A graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Rachel Felson helms New Haven Rolfing, where she performs the specialized service in an effort to release built-up tensions and adhesions in clients of varying ages and backgrounds. During Rolfing sessions, Felson manually loosens connective tissue, or fascia, by kneading the labyrinthine network with her fingers, hands, and elbows. After roughly one hour of the holistic bodywork, visitors may notice an improvement in their health, observing higher levels of elasticity in their tissue and a greater feeling of balance on tightrope commutes to work. Among its myriad benefits, Rolfing boasts the ability to improve individuals’ posture, decrease anxiety levels, and amplify energy for long-distance pogo-stick marathons.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Though many massage therapists brag about the way they blend techniques to build a perfect personalized treatment, Johnathon Anderson has the credentials to back it up. The nationally certified therapist holds certificates in 18 different massage modalities, which he weaves together following physical and verbal cues from his customers. As clients unwind on the massage table, Johnathon edits their the frenzy in their minds into a slow highlight reel of serene images with classic Swedish massage, diminishes chronic pain with deep-tissue work, and uses prenatal massage to help expectant mothers overcome added joint pressure and tension brought on by complicated crib-assembly instructions.
Healthy Massage’s crew of experienced massage therapists helps customers recharge with a relentlessly relaxing lineup of nine massage modalities. They usher guests into robin-egg-blue rooms before inducing relaxation with a Swedish massage, reducing stress with a hot-stone massage, or targeting areas of pain and strained muscles with deep-tissue or sport massage. The staff also performs facials, waxing services, and reflexology massages that feel better than slipping on rain boots filled with warm olive oil.
A small army of flat-screen televisions clings to the walls inside COCO Nail Spa, entertaining guests as they get pampered. Clusters of oversized pedicure chairs and a long line of executive-style manicure chairs grant patrons deep comfort as their fingernails and toenails become prettier. Cozy treatment rooms offer privacy during massages, diamond-tipped microdermabrasion sessions, and waxings on everything from lower legs up to the third eyebrow, if you’ve got three eyes.
If a still pond glimmering in the orange glow of a sunset could be translated into how a person feels, that's the kind of feeling salon owner Dawn Poindexter would want clients to have as they leave her salon. To achieve just such a sense of beauty and relaxation for her guests, expert stylists customize their services to each individual's needs, using use high-end products such as Goldwell for everything from styling and subtle highlights to more complex undertakings like smoothing hair with keratin or smoothing an astronaut's hair in a zero-gravity environment. Red Carpet Salon Services also offers a wide array of mani-pedis as well as a full menu of facials, waxing, and healing massages. Outside the salon, Dawn dedicates her time to the C.H.A.I.N. Fund—a charity devoted to treating cancer patients struggling with financial hardships.
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