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.
At Nuance Hair Design & Day Spa, stylists draw upon top-tier products by OPI, American Crew, and Sothys to revitalize façades amid earth-toned confines. Hair services stretch beyond basic cuts and color treatments to include Bionic straightening and spiraling, and nine facials battle afflictions as diverse as acne, fine lines, and stuck clown noses.
The trained face exfoliators at Michael Francis Salon and Day Spa restore natural beauty and vibrancy to weatherworn skin by cleansing pores and sloughing away dead skin cells. A deep pore cleanser primes the skin, then the enzymatic peel extricates dead skin cells from the clutches of tiny facial hairs and purifies pores. Once the effects of the peel have taken hold, the face-lift mask is applied, returning elasticity to the skin and making it possible to pick locks with the tip of the nose. Customers exit the roughly one-hour procedure with revived, youthful-looking skin. Due to their skin’s sensitivity, Retin-A users cannot receive this service or dish out constructive criticism.
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.
EG Salon's team of design-driven stylists focus their skills on both taming wild coifs and educating coif-owners on how to preserve the post-salon look. The Coppola Keratin Express Blowout smoothens unmanageable hair, smiting frizz, curls, and pompous pamphleteers with its signature formaldehyde-free formula. After fortifying noggins, the Coppola Keratin acids employed simply decompose when heated, thereby strengthening the hair from within for a safe, effective procedure. Delivered via skilled, friendly stylists, the treatment imbues shine and silkiness to head-fur, complementing EG Salon's warm décor and sleek floors.
For more than two decades, licensed massage therapists Katie and Charles Wiltsie have welcomed patrons to the comfortable, home-like confines of Swedish Bodyworks. Alongside two other massage therapists, the pair of Wiltsies tends to their clients’ limbs and torsos with a diverse palette of massage and aesthetic services. Their signature Lypossage and LypoSlim treatments use a special style of deep-tissue massage and herbal body wraps as a means of targeting excess inches and helping to smooth cellulite. A fireside massage table allows clients to enjoy softly crackling flames as a therapist eases knots from the body, and a wide, breezy porch welcomes reflection, rest, or long tirades directed at freeloading garden gnomes.
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