Products by brands such as Pharmagel, Aquage, Sexy Hair, Moroccanoil, Vavoom, and Essentials jump into clients' hair and hands at Lakeside Hair Boutique and Day Spa. That's because the stylists use them during hair services, but also make them available for sale in the boutique. It's not just high-end products that refresh guests, though. It's also the facials, hair extensions that last up to one year, soothing massages, and luxurious manicures and pedicures. So, in addition to stylists who re-imagine hair-scapes by using Japanese hair-straightening techniques, nail technicians host clients in cozy black leather thrones during mani-pedis. The latter might involve shiny shellac gels that last for up to two weeks without chipping or fading. Elsewhere—in private rooms—massage therapists work away knots and pent-up stress. Their methods include specialized Swedish, deep-tissue, hot stone, and aromatherapy massages, as well as just playing a tambourine on your back.
Though massage therapist Melanie helps her patients find peace and calm on top of a massage table, she finds her own on the peaks of Nepalese mountains. She travels worldwide—her next trip is to Colombia to learn healing rituals directly from Lakota tribes—to find the enlightenment she needs to share with others. Her signature massage style is reiki, which she works into her other modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue. She also incorporates aromatherapy oils into her sessions, such as invigorating blood orange and cajeput, which soothes sore muscles after taxing activity, like lifting dumbbells or catching a glimpse of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a swimsuit.
Licensed aestheticians at Art of Aesthetics Skin Care tailor each skin care treatment to their clients' needs. They believe in diagnosing and preventing skin issues instead of finding a quick fix. They also enhance their custom facials with specialty mask treatments such as the Myoxy-Caviar mask to fight wrinkles, and the soothing rosacea treatment packed with green tea, chamomile, and licorice.
After graduating from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2009, Trish Burdett established Thoughtful Touch and joined the ranks of the American Massage Therapy Association. Not one to rest on her laurels, Trish continued to expand her stress-taming repertoire by seeking certification in hot-stone therapy; training with Liddle Kidz founder Tina Allen; and tailoring techniques for expectant mothers with Elaine Stillerman, the pregnancy massage pioneer behind Mothermassage. Much like a cat who can work a calculator, Trish's range of massage techniques—from chair sessions to custom-tailored therapies—can instill a sense of joy while dispelling math-inspired headaches.
Vera Reed, a licensed massage therapist, is the wellness equivalent of a one-stop shop. In addition to mastering shiatsu, lymphatic drainage, energy balancing, reflexology, and other techniques over the past decade, she’s dived into dietary and herbal studies. This makes it possible for her to provide holistic treatments for the whole body, rather than just one system or two really small toes.
In addition to caring for her patients with organic products, Vera and the staff of Body Nutrients also take care of the planet. Their efforts have resulted in the offset of nearly 2,000,000 pounds of CO2, over 16,000 pounds of waste kept from landfills, and the planting of over 1,000 trees.
The certified massage therapists at Calming Hands Massage LLC understand that everyone's body is different. That's why every session starts with a chat about client-specific aches. From there, therapists Oriana and Sidney draw up tailor-made blueprints that fall within the broader categories of Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, and reflexology massages. Though the treatments differ, the overarching goal is to oust stress and help relieve chronic aches and pains. Located inside an elegant, white manor, even the spa building itself aims to put folks at ease.