Raw Food Central's store carries all the essential snacks, ingredients, and products to maintain a raw-food lifestyle. Customers can opt between two flavors of smoothies—banana almond or banana blueberry ($10 each)—for a blended healthy snack and a not-from-concentrate brain freeze. Flax crackers ($10) or kale chips ($10) make for a body-pleasing snack with tooth-pleasing crunch, ideal for in-between meals of giant, tree-sized broccoli. Raw Food Central advocates diets of vegan cuisine and vegetable juices to enhance health, with helpful, knowledgeable staffers and delicious demonstrations to help raw foodies stay on the straight, narrow, and uncooked.
International Hair Salon first opened its doors in 1984. To this day, its stylists sculpt dos with products by Bumble and bumble. and Moroccanoil. The latter contains antioxidant-rich argan oil that strengthen tresses and adds shine. Stylists also add length and volume to locks with Great Lengths hair extensions, which are made with human hair rather than synthetic strands or spaghetti noodles.
The word meditation typically calls to mind a feeling of stillness and solitude. Matt DeMichele, however, believes in a shared meditative experience—one that takes place in the muscles as well as the mind. For him, massage is "meditation-in-motion," a way to acknowledge and address the tensions that have restricted one's potential. Since graduating from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and earning his certification in therapeutic massage and bodywork, Matt has hoped to build this awareness in others and act as a conduit for their body's healing.
Each appointment at Shadow and Trees Massage Therapy begins with an in-depth evaluation. Matt logs information on his clients' recurring aches to better customize a mix of modalities, often blending elements of Swedish, orthopedic, and myofascial massage. Having studied with Aaron Mattes, founder of the active-isolated-stretching method, Matt also leads muscles through short, specific stretches to boost their range of motion. A combination of his active isolated stretching and massage can help combat the effects of past injuries, encouraging ease of movement without smearing elbow joints with grease.
The trained technicians at West Hartford Pain & Wellness Center help patients slim down and combat cellulite with a variety of treatments. They take advantage of technology such as the Lapex 2000 LipoLaser, which is designed to rid bodies of subdermal stores of glycerol, water, and toxins. Newly smooth-skinned patrons walk from treatment rooms after body-contouring wraps, which may also shrink circumferences. Chatter drifts from rooms where nutritional counselors discuss rules for a healthy diet low in saturated fats and unstated rules at plastic-fruit museums. Following all treatments, weight-loss professionals work closely with each client to design a custom weight-loss program with meal plans, workouts, and supplements based on body type and hormonal imbalances.
The café at Landmark Natural Foods & Cafe is nestled between aisles of fresh, organic produce, spices, and canned goods. Each item at the café is also 100% organic from the breakfast burritos served in multigrain wraps to vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free tomato basil soup.
Dr. David J. Domenichini, one of the Top Docs of 2012 in Connecticut Magazine and a clinical speaker for such pharmaceutical giants as Eli Lilly and Merck, slenderizes figures with noninvasive Zerona treatments. The endocrinologist and internist also monitors blood-sugar levels for Cookie Monster and people with diabetes, and he keeps hormones in check. When he’s not fielding questions in person, he welcomes patients to submit questions online.
For more than two decades, licensed massage therapists Katie and Charles Wiltsie have welcomed patrons to the comfortable, home-like confines of Swedish Bodyworks. Alongside two other massage therapists, the pair of Wiltsies tends to their clients’ limbs and torsos with a diverse palette of massage and aesthetic services. Their signature Lypossage and LypoSlim treatments use a special style of deep-tissue massage and herbal body wraps as a means of targeting excess inches and helping to smooth cellulite. A fireside massage table allows clients to enjoy softly crackling flames as a therapist eases knots from the body, and a wide, breezy porch welcomes reflection, rest, or long tirades directed at freeloading garden gnomes.