Working to empower individuals with disabilities to live life to the fullest, Futures, Inc. provides social-skills training, tutoring, independent-living training, and other support services to students and adults with disabilities. At the Futures School—Connecticut’s first community-based special-education school to be approved by the Department of Education—students aged 14–21 receive customized, one-on-one special education in their home communities. These education services include real-world work experience, transportation services, sessions with a full-time counselor, and typically lead to a high-school diploma from Futures School.
Having practiced medicine for more than 25 years, board-certified Dr. Maria O'Brien wisely presides over the laser- and light-based cosmetic treatments at Millennium Med Cosmetics. Her gentle treatments require no anesthesia, whether she's tightening skin with infrared rays, clearing away hair with a laser, or flipping on a light switch to reveal that you're already totally hairless. Dr. O'Brien also performs Botox and Juvéderm treatments and runs medically supervised weight-loss programs.
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.
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.
At Monaco Center for Health & Healing, Dr. John B. Monaco and his staff of certified weight-loss counselors assist clients in shedding pounds through the Ideal Protein weight-loss plan. At the introductory seminar, Dr. Monaco expounds upon the four-phase Ideal Protein program, employing pyrotechnical displays to convey the weight-loss potential of cutting carbohydrates from the diet. Clients sample nutritious dishes during the seminar to get a feel for the meals included with the program. A personal weight-loss counselor then meets with waist-whittlers weekly for 15 minutes or longer to field nutrition questions and discuss progress in weight, body fat, muscle mass, and antler growth.
Touch of Light Therapeutic Massage’s licensed massage therapists practice a broad repertoire of techniques. With training in geriatric massage, orthopedic massage, and craniosacral therapy, the therapists combine techniques to tailor sessions to the needs of each patient, helping them overcome general aches or pain from specific conditions such as TMJ, arthritis, or carpal-tunnel syndrome.
In 1997, Touch of Paradise founder Rob Palaski was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye condition that left him visually impaired. It was a blessing in disguise. His diminished sight allowed for greater sensitivity in his hands and the heightened ability to suss out muscular pain. Now in the comfort of his private studio, Rob can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes and acupressure or wrangle lower-layer aches with his signature deep-tissue techniques.