In 1997, Touch of Paradise founder Rob Palaski was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye condition that left him visually impaired. It was a blessing in disguise. His diminished sight allowed for greater sensitivity in his hands and the heightened ability to suss out muscular pain. Now in the comfort of his private studio, Rob can ease tension with flowing Swedish strokes and acupressure or wrangle lower-layer aches with his signature deep-tissue techniques.
A visit to Products Salon could involve a haircut, manicure, facial, or massage. The welcoming salon imbues each of their services with an emphasis on personal attention and friendliness. Whether clients kick their feet up and let a nail technician lavish their toes, lower themselves onto a styling chair for a youthful cut and color, or spread out on a massage table and sigh as every knot and kink slowly unravels, they will walk out the door looking younger and more vibrant than when they entered.
Though countless places will arm you with a beverage, TV remote, and free WiFi, not many will also give you a haircut. At Alexander’s For Hair, both men and women receive haircuts and color services amid a technologically savvy salon. Each styling station boasts its own television screen, and hairdryers dangle from the ceiling in direct defiance of gravity. Shelves in the lobby hold a selection of for-purchase products that the company vets to ensure their environmental friendliness.
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.
The personal trainers at Big Sky Fitness cut frustration from the range of emotions their clients experience. That's because their X-factor fitness system is grounded in science, ensuring that exercisers reach their goals if they stick to the regimen. Group fitness classes act as a helpful add-on to the personal-training sessions, as do nutritious shakes from the Shake Bar.
One of MadeMan's 10 Best Day Spas in Connecticut, Lavender Fields provides patrons with a range of services aimed at keeping bodies looking and feeling pampered. Unmitten your mitts for a classic manicure ($18) to leave your fingers ready for hours of glamorous poking and pointing. A spa pedicure ($40) complements the hand holiday, starting with an aromatherapy spa foot bath followed by nail shaping, a lower-leg and foot exfoliation, moisturizing, and a coat of polish or buff to leave your toes ready for emergency counting duties. Like pied pipers of pleasure, Lavender Fields' massage therapists are trained to coax tension out of bodies and lock it in a closet. Hit your aches and pains with a 60-minute dose of blood-oxygenating Swedish massage ($75), or penetrate through to muscles living in caves far beneath the skin's surface with a deep-tissue massage ($75). An hour-long sports massage ($75) can melt stress and salve muscles, helping bodies prepare for or recuperate from taxing physical activities.