Element Six Salon embraces beautiful geometry. Inside, white mod-style chairs and a desk crisscrossed with white lines announce Element Six’s crisp, modern aesthetic. Panes of mottled glass stand behind the reception area, flanking the entrance to the styling floor, and rectangles of abstract art decorate the walls.
There's an open, minimalist vibe to the décor, one that complements the neat and meticulous work of the staff. Don't be fooled, however—just because the salon is tidy, doesn't mean that its crew can't give your 'do an eye-catching edge.
The team uses products by brands such as Redken and Goldwell to create fresh looks, consulting with clients throughout the appointment to pin down the desired aesthetic. They can imbue strands with color through single-process treatments and highlights, or arrange hair into a nuanced updo.
Hands that Heal Massage Therapy's Cheri Ann Garet is a nationally certified massage therapist and reiki master teacher and uses this double expertise to train minds and muscles to release tension in tandem. Swedish massages teem with rolling motions and long, smooth strokes, and deep-tissue massages melt knots from the muscles' innermost layers, easing the chronic pain associated with sciatica and migraine headaches. Candlelight, aromatherapy, and soothing music infuse reiki sessions, as Cheri gently places her hands on the body to transfer energy inward, a practice believed to promote healing for three to seven days or longer for patients who remember to unplug their circulatory system when not in use.
At Advanced Integrated Kinesiology, certified trainer, massage therapist, and human-movement guru Bob Downes recognizes that successful treatment can only follow successful assessment. To that end, he pinpoints areas of potential concern with in-depth structural and functional evaluations. Armed with that information, Bob relies on the holistic methods of kinesiology to remedy myriad conditions, including those caused by sports injuries, inactivity, or the simple existence of gravity. His manual-therapy treatments range from orthopedic and standing massage to isolated stretching and flexibility training.
After graduating from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2009, Trish Burdett established Thoughtful Touch and joined the ranks of the American Massage Therapy Association. Not one to rest on her laurels, Trish continued to expand her stress-taming repertoire by seeking certification in hot-stone therapy; training with Liddle Kidz founder Tina Allen; and tailoring techniques for expectant mothers with Elaine Stillerman, the pregnancy massage pioneer behind Mothermassage. Much like a cat who can work a calculator, Trish's range of massage techniques—from chair sessions to custom-tailored therapies—can instill a sense of joy while dispelling math-inspired headaches.
Certified and licensed massage therapist Kate Zahorodni soothes clients with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. After a brief chat, she customizes the treatment to address each client's concerns. Her additional add-ons increase the relaxation factor, including essential oils, a bio-freeze treatment, or a robe made from the leather of a recliner chair. Kate is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
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.