The team at Sonia Day Spa renders their many decadent anti-aging facials using oft-lauded Elemis products, a luxury British import incorporating high-quality natural active ingredients. Licensed therapists and certified aestheticians share a single driving purpose at the spa: help their clients achieve a relaxing nirvana where they feel beautiful both inside and out. To that end, they perform 10 different types of massage, each of which can be super-boosted with healing aromatherapy or by letting The Hulk do some of the kneading. For those in the grip of Hulk-sized amounts of stress, a longer stay at the spa may be in order. For that, the staff presents various half-day and full-day packages that combine skin-specific facials, mani-pedis, body scrubs, and massages.
An extension to Adesso Moda Salon, Pura Spa & Boutique rounds out its sister salon's beautification processes by supplying clients with spa services and stylish accessories. Aestheticians perform facials and hair removal to lay a pristine canvas for makeup application and spray tans. For fingers and toes, lavender and lemon manicures pair with peppermint pedicures to leave limbs supple and fragrant, like a pair of suede gloves lost in a rose bush.
Professional massage therapist Steve Bohner cut his teeth at massage schools before receiving state and national certification, licensing to practice in both Connecticut and New York, and opening his own practice. He now runs the show at ZenTherapy Massage, where he provides a range of therapeutic treatments. Swedish and deep-tissue massages address sore muscles and increase relaxation, whereas his reflexology and integrated-acupressure treatments rebalance the flow of energy through the body.
Rimagé's licensed body coddlers treat dermises to a mix of flowing touches and gentle exfoliation coupled with quality skincare products. A selection of massages features the Swedish techniques of pairing long, fluid strokes with an assortment of pressures to improve flexibility and muscle tone and release the tension of being caught making out with your reflection on the side of a lobster tank. Customers who choose a European facial transport pores across the pond to bathe in expertly applied natural ingredients. While a gentle mask or compress cleanses and refreshes visages, mild massages of the neck, face, and décolleté complete a full upper-body pampering, and all customers leave with a recommended care regimen to fool gullible skin into thinking it never left the spa.
A certain hominess shines through at JoBella Salon and Spa. The shop is named for the co-owner’s children, Joe and Bella, and the Branford location is nestled inside a two-story house surrounded by trees and green grass. Skilled stylists and aestheticians at both locations tap into an arsenal of elixirs from Arrojo and skincare products by Aveda. When they aren't beautifying clients from the neck up, they primp nails, knead sinews, and leave legs wrapped in seaweed like a sleeping sushi chef.