Massage Energy’s licensed and nationally certified massage therapists perform a medley of massages to relieve muscle soreness and evict stress from body buildings. Massage therapists begin first-time sessions by speaking with clients about their health histories and concerns in order to tailor treatments to individual needs. Clients can choose a massage modality from an array of soma-stimulating flavors, including deep-tissue, relaxation, and pregnancy massage.
Centered Body Pilates offers a variety of core-controlling courses, which help students gain control over their flexibility, strength, and discipline. With plentiful windows and honey-toned hardwood floors, the studio facilitates deep focus on the Pilates craft. The method was created to develop and integrate core strength into the rest of the body, like a baker giving a gingerbread man a chiseled six-pack. Pilates is practiced either on floor mats or with a specialized Pilates Reformer. Students sit, kneel, stand, or lie on the gliding Reformer platform and use adjustable spring resistance to determine the power and the bounciness of their workout. The versatile Reformer can be used to strengthen the core, thighs, calves, upper arms, and shoulders. Each student gets to work on their own Reformer, eliminating the need for socially awkward tandem Pilates workouts. This exercise maintains a challenging intensity while staying easy on joints, making it suitable for all ages and body types.
State-licensed massage therapist (license #004958) A. Malaika Sharp cultivates relaxation and targets each client's unique issues with a focused menu of services. She can shoo everyday stress away through basic relaxation massages, but she’s as focused on function as she is on feeling good. An avid martial artist and cyclist, Sharp consults with all clients to understand the ways they use their bodies for work and recreation. That helps her pick out distinct patterns of motion and coax bad habits or stored tension out of muscles, whether she’s targeting chronic aches through deep-tissue techniques or helping athletes recover from strenuous duck-duck-goose training through sports massage. Or, for those suffering from headaches and migraines, she can incorporate trigger-point therapy. Sharp is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Comprehensive Dental Care of West Hartford's team of five dentists includes a prosthodontist, an examiner on the Connecticut State Dental Commission's Northeast Regional Board, a former professor at the UConn dental school, and a senior attending dentist at Hartford Hospital. These experts pair with five hygienists to ensure they see all patients in a timely fashion, and they strive to accommodate patients who work or stay up late to put the moon to bed with appointments as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. They use advanced digital technology, such as digital imaging and intraoral cameras, and offer a full scope of general and cosmetic treatments, such as veneers, sealants, dentures, and teeth whitening.
You won't find fluffy robes or soft slippers at A Matter of Touch. That's because founder C.J. Johnson is more concerned with effectively relieving pain and muscle tension than with creating a spa ambience. A licensed massage therapist, Johnson consults with clients to discuss their individual needs before setting to work with deep-tissue kneads or soothing Swedish strokes. In addition to dissipating pain, the customized treatments can improve circulation and relieve anxiety.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Towns Sports International's network of fitness loci, welcomes exercisers to a number of equipment-stocked facilities to help attain perspiration-soaked fitness goals at a convenient location. Strength-training gear such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls filled with black holes mold muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Calories simmer and move to cooler climates after sessions on cardio machines ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draw from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, to keep members from jazzercising without a spotter. Each location thanks exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features, such as babysitting, though Passport memberships do not include pool access.
Utilizing acupuncture therapy and Chinese herbal medicine, licensed acupuncturist Marc Gerstein has been practicing holistic treatments since 1984, working to prevent, identify, and treat a variety of conditions. Precisely placed hair-like needles attempt to realign the body’s energy flow and front-wheel drive, while a custom blend of Chinese herbs enhances the treatment's restorative effects. Acupuncture Associates of Hartford also provides a series of adjunct therapies such as acupressure, reflexology, and cupping. Performed by clinic-assistant Leslie Franks—a licensed massage therapist, expert wielder of essential oils, and martial arts master with 30 years of experience under her belt—the adjunct treatments complement acupuncture sessions and banish stubborn sicknesses with underlying brawn.