Canji Healing Touch owner Jennifer Graves grew up in a culture that emphasized touch. But when she came to the United States, she realized people were more physically distanced. She decided to become a massage therapist and bring the calming, comforting power of touch to more people. Her business's name pays homage to both her birthplace of Canje, Guyana, and her belief that touch can heal.
Before each of her massages, Jennifer fills the room with the soothing aromas of lavender and sage oil, then turns on relaxing music. She's skilled in a variety of therapies, including Swedish massage—whose relaxing strokes banish stress and increase circulation—and trigger-point massage, which helps relieve the pain of tight muscles. Prenatal and postnatal massages help women's bodies as they handle the added stress of pregnancy. Jennifer also performs sports massages to release tension and soreness from being too awesome at football. Her therapeutic integrative massages aim to not only help bodies feel better but also rejuvenate clients emotionally and spiritually to nourish their whole being.
Named for the Hawaiian word for thanks, praise, and respect, the signature Mahalo massage makes sure the body is relaxed, rested, and respected for the course of an entire hour. Owner and licensed massage-therapist Katherine Awalt treats clients to her healing hands, which transport aching bodies to a land of reality-based make-believe. Utilizing a mélange of Swedish, sports, deep-tissue, and medical massage techniques for customized treatments, the signature Mahalo massage can help to reduce pain, improve stiffness, and increase circulation. Awalt is passionate about healing tired, sore soul sacks and perking up flagging, worn smile muscles. All services take place within Mahalo's tropically bedecked confines, which feature walls painted in hues of bright blue and green, tropical flowers, and natural lighting that evokes an early morning on a beach that's not surrounded by hostile dolphins.
After studying at Ricci's Academy in Newtown, Heather Zilliox completed an internship at a local hair-replacement clinic where she learned to work with special-needs cases. A five-year stint at an upscale salon followed, where Zilliox mastered Aveda techniques. Then, in February of 2010, the nine-year hairstyling veteran opened Inner Beauty, where she currently transforms humdrum locks into fetching, face-accentuating 'dos. All visits kick off with a detailed consultation, which helps cuts mesh with each guest's personal style, hair type, and job as a celebrity body double. A shampoo with hair-nourishing Sebastian products cleanses head-bound strands before Zilliox trims away shaggy excess during cut and style services. All tress trimmings also include a brief scalp massage, where the stylist straps a miniature pogo stick onto each finger to dole out cranial kneading. Matrix hair color products offer chromatic conversions to guests looking to change their natural hues, highlights liven up monochrome hair with attention-grabbing texture, or one-step color redresses tresses.
Dawn's Pizzazz crafts personalized coiffing experiences from detailed consultations, helping to earn it a spot as one of Salon Today's top-200 salons in 2011. A salon concierge can tailor a stylist recommendation to suit each client's needs. Cut-and-style odysseys begin with a cranium-racking consultation, which calculates an equation of lifestyle, personality, and hair type to determine a customized shaping strategy. After 30–45 minutes of soaking and scissoring, a final style preps hair for reentry onto sidewalk runways.
For years, Gary Haggas collected vintage barbershop memorabilia, including midcentury Belmont barber chairs and a hot-foam shaving machine from the 1950s. Then, in May 2013, he gave his retro artifacts new life by opening his own barbershop in Brookfield. "Once I discovered barbering, I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life," he told the News-Times.
Though the aesthetic at Gary's Barbershop is old-timey, Haggas's cutting skills are up-to-date: with four years of experience and a master-barber apprenticeship under his belt, he expertly cuts men's hair into styles ranging from conservative scissor-cuts to mohawks and leaves skin enticingly smooth with hot-shave sessions. Complimentary beer and flat-screen TVs make the barbershop a comfortable place to hang out, as does Gary's attitude: one of his favorite things about barbering is "meeting people, getting to know clients and watching kids grow," the News-Times reported.