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.
Curls prove no match for Kayle Salwocki. The stylist excels at snipping corkscrew tendrils so that they accentuate rather than hide the face. She’s equally adept at other hair types as well, which she cuts and creatively colors amid the whimsical, cottage-inspired decor of Tara’s Beauty Studio.
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.
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.