The staff at Skin Essentials Day Spa emphasizes individual skills to provide a full spa experience. Each member boasts a different skill emphasis, with a team that includes an aesthetician, nail technician, licensed massage therapist, and lash-extension technician. The staff soothes skin with facials, waxes away unwanted hair, and beautifies faces with makeovers, applying skincare products from Dermalogica.
Susie Williams believes that every component of the body must be functioning fully for well-being to be achieved. Through personal and group wellness sessions she addresses the emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual aspects of the psyche while zeroing in on physical equilibrium with individualized massage sessions. Rather than attacking symptoms as they appear, or replacing aching limbs with wooden pegs, Williams remedies the body with relaxing Swedish massages and tension-targeting deep-tissue massage. She combines her specialty in these modalities with skills gained from advanced training in neck and upper-back work, frozen shoulders, and rotator cuffs. Her training makes for a diverse tool bag of techniques to draw upon as she works with clients facing fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, athletic injury, or simple stress. While Williams is the primary, most experienced therapist at Absolute Wellness, services may be performed by another therapist with different specialties.
Nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, Nancy Nicholson, LMT, helps her clients relax and heal. She does so through Swedish massage and deep-tissue massage modalities, as well as through customizable 30-minute therapeutic sessions. In addition to her own services, Nancy also transports a massage chair to different locations for on-site sessions, such as homes or offices.
Professional Barber Shop’s flagship storefront has stood in downtown Hartford ever since 1927, remaining as a testament to a time when hot-lather shaves and shoe shines were routine. Now with three Connecticut locations, Professional Barber Shop stays true to that era by offering an array of gentlemen’s grooming services and pamphlets touting the benefits of measles vaccines.
While sipping a cold drink or hot coffee, guests enjoy haircare treatments that toe the line between practicality and indulgence. Basic trims leave hairdos and beards looking well coiffed. Straight razors swipe through hot lather and shear away stubble before a cooling dollop of aftershave lotion. Gentlemen’s facials in a 1920s style can indulge cheekbones with 3 Lucky Tigers massage creams and as many as 10 steaming towels. Once finished, guests can return home sporting a pair of freshly shined shoes and a timelessly dapper look.
Anna Barresi is a nationally certified massage therapist who specializes in therapeutic and relaxing massage therapy. At Serenity Healing Therapeutic Touch, LLC, she brings life to a slow, blissful crawl with Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone massage. Anna believes that massage can promote wellness and activate self-healing, which is why she balances the spa massages with treatments for pregnant women, individuals with cancer, and those under the stress of depression or anxiety.