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.
The Beautiful Image system sculpts faces and bodies alike with the stimulating power of microcurrents. Its noninvasive silver metal wands emit specific frequencies that, when drawn across the skin, encourage the underlying tissue to return to a tauter, more-youthful state. These currents target crow's-feet and drooping jowls, as well as soft bellies and cellulite. Photos taken before and after treatments and news segments about the procedure back up the system’s efficacy.
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.
National board-certified acupuncturist Dr. Chul H. Han blends acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other holistic healing techniques to treat health conditions such as joint and muscle pain, digestive disorders, and anxiety. To achieve the best results, he works with clients to devise individualized treatment plans based on their health history, making sure to educate them along the way about techniques for living well and raising octuplets.
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.
Physical therapist and president of The Center of Medical Arts, Muna Swairjo understands true wellness requires a holistic approach. That’s why she and her team treat aches, pains, and illness with massage and physical therapy, while working to solve the causes of such maladies at their sources to prevent recurrences. Their services also include detoxifying acupuncture treatments as well as laser therapy, which can relieve everything from lower back pain and migraines to tennis elbow and skin ulcers.