Patty Kingsbury got her first massage when she was in her mid-30s. At the time, she weighed 400 pounds, faced health concerns, and was deeply self-conscious about her weight. Though her therapist could have made the experience a gruesome one, she assured Patty that massage is for everyone, no matter their age or size. That feeling of acceptance touched Patty and inspired her to take control of her health and enroll at massage school.
Now, she shares that open environment with everyone who steps through the doors at Healing Hands And Bodyworks. She, her husband, and a team of therapists all provide therapeutic massages in a variety of modalities including Swedish, hot stone, and neuromuscular. During their healing hands four-handed tandem massage, two therapists work on sore muscles at the same time, creating an extremely relaxing session. Raindrop therapy, meanwhile, uses essential oils and light stretches to bring the body back into alignment with its shadow.
The roads to personal growth at Vital Life Center LLC are as diverse as its staff. The practitioners here range from yoga teachers to wellness counselors and massage therapists, but they share a common goal: to facilitate growth on a personal and community level. Vital Life Center's owner is a 20-year practitioner of yoga and meditation, and she's assembled a curriculum of yoga and meditation classes, helping visitors tap into a place where the mind and body can flourish without any distractions. Additionally, a skilled massage therapists ease tension and manage pain through a number of modalities, including Swedish, orthopedic, therapeutic, deep-tissue, sports, myofascial therapy, and reiki massage. The center offers more personal means of growth as well, such as massage therapy, energy work, and spiritual and life coaching. Vital Life Center also brings its members together for collective growth at the larger community level.
At Elements, you don't need spelunking gear and bat repellant to be considered a "caver." The staff applies the term to those who regularly visit its artificial salt cave—a grotto lined with pink Himalayan salt and lounge chairs. The salt dispenses particles into the air that potentially soothe the skin and combat respiratory ailments, such as congestion and asthma. And, by mimicking a natural cave, the room falls in line with the spa's eco-friendly motif. This focus on the environment pervades all of their treatments, paying homage to the elements of earth, water, wood, metal, and fire.
A wet room, complete with a vichy shower and soaking tub, best embody the "water" aspect, whereas skin and massage services incorporate the remainder of the elements. Aestheticians light up complexions with products from Naturopathica Holistic Skin Care, applying extracts of alpine willow, rosemary, and chamomile to fight the signs of acne and rosacea. Massage therapists, meanwhile, customize their kneads to the unique aches of each client. They might untie muscular knots with help from Mexican beach stones, or conduct an ashiatsu massage with their bare feet, the best tools for conducting deep-tissue work behind jackhammers set to "gentle."
Experienced skincare and waxing expert Leigh Dorbuck Probulis specializes in enhancing clients' natural beauty from head to toe. This freelance beauty mercenary performs soothing spa services—including facials, mani-pedis, and hair removal—from the friendly confines of Moda-Rey Salon & Spa. There, Leigh's clients relax in a sleek, modern space adorned with hardwood styling stations as she clears clogged pores and shapes uneven talons into smooth, polished nails.
The licensed massage therapists at Simsbury Therapeutic Massage & Wellness can create a customized massage to help clients with chronic pain, enhance their athletic performance, or induce sheer relaxation. Specializing in Swedish, deep-tissue, and athletic modalities, the therapists focus on inducing relaxing while unknotting strained muscles and decreasing stiffness throughout the body.
Located inside Sun-Rayz Tanning, Derick Steven Hair Studio offers haircuts for men, women, and kids. The savvy stylists also update tresses with partial or full highlights as well as perms. Special occasions get an extra dose of glamour after the stylists create special looks such as braided updos with buns or cascading curls.