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."
As owner of Apple Rehab, Lisa Wilson-Foley has a simple goal: to stretch the concept of therapy. She and her staff of expert therapists offer wellness services ranging from physical, occupational, and speech therapy to nutritional counseling. Clients may request a restorative facial treatment, or retreat to a private room for soothing deep-tissue bodywork from Apple Rehab’s licensed massage therapist.
The therapists at this relaxing day spa bring natural healing to both the body and mind. They loosen tightly wound muscles with hot stones, bamboo sticks, and warm candle oil, which simultaneously nourishes skin for a silky soft feel. More than 10 types of facials tend to skin-specific ailments, be they acne or signs of aging, with specialized serums and soothing techniques. And during body wraps, the therapists enlist plant extracts and essential oils to remove excess water from systems—leaving bodies as light as the day they hatched.
Alluring Beauty Spa's host of age-defying technologies lifts, slims, and smoothes skin. Spa owner Rosa Roberts oversees a staff well-versed in performing high-tech treatments such as Medi-Lift toning, which evens out furrows that arise naturally from age or from crinkling foreheads in confusion during Pauly Shore movies. Body services such as VelaShape work to sculpt frames, and facials enlist LED therapy and deep-pore cleansing to light up visages with newfound radiance. Those unhappy about their follicles can turn to gentle waxing services or encourage growth with hair-restoration treatments.
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.
Hartford HealthCare Medical Group MedSpa is part of one of the largest practices in Connecticut, which brings together more than 250 physicians and medical practitioners to provide care in more than 30 specialties. Here, board-certified plastic surgeons oversee every laser and skincare treatment, which in turn are performed by licensed aestheticians and registered nurses. These services include laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, and permanent makeup. Cosmetic injections such as Botox are performed by the board-certified plastic surgeons. The staff also specializes in adapting these treatments for men, whose skincare, body-hair, and anti-aging concerns may differ from women's.