A graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, Rachel Felson helms New Haven Rolfing, where she performs the specialized service in an effort to release built-up tensions and adhesions in clients of varying ages and backgrounds. During Rolfing sessions, Felson manually loosens connective tissue, or fascia, by kneading the labyrinthine network with her fingers, hands, and elbows. After roughly one hour of the holistic bodywork, visitors may notice an improvement in their health, observing higher levels of elasticity in their tissue and a greater feeling of balance on tightrope commutes to work. Among its myriad benefits, Rolfing boasts the ability to improve individuals’ posture, decrease anxiety levels, and amplify energy for long-distance pogo-stick marathons.
Though her ability to untie knots rivals that of a sailor, licensed massage therapist Lorna Ellis-Harding has been relieving aches and pains for long enough to understand the limitations of massage. Rather than rely solely on her Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, she draws from other areas of traditional and alternative medicine to craft treatment plans for the whole body. Her acupressure massages, for example, incorporate the principles of Eastern acupuncture to apply healing pressure to specific points of energy across the body. When she isn’t balancing energy or coaxing out toxins with gentle lymphatic-drainage techniques, Lorna consults with other local businesses to help her clients manage their weight and make healthful lifestyle decisions, such as refraining from eating french fries while juggling chainsaws.
Breathing Room offers yoga practitioners of all skill levels the chance to increase flexibility, reduce stress, and maintain natural joint mobility, while developing mind-body balance through various styles of yoga. With today's deal, guests can bend bodies in five different yoga classes offered at various times each week. Classes take place every day and usually last between 60 and 90 minutes, or roughly the time it takes to microwave a Twinkie. Break the exercise ice with the gentle-flow yoga class, a good place for beginners to learn the fundamentals of yoga while slowly flowing through postures and focusing closely on alignment and body structure. For more seasoned stretchers, Breathing Room offers power-flow yoga, a demanding, faster-flowing class, concentrating on strength and heat within the body.
Creative Body Therapies's Aileen Ferraro kneads, strokes, and pummels away aches and pains with a wide variety of stress-abating techniques. The therapeutic-massage treatment subjects muscle-borne maladies to an hour of customized Swedish and deep-tissue methods. Sink down into the plush massage table as nimble hands use long and gentle strokes to sweep away tension and intense kneading to untangle tight knots. In addition to relieving discomfort, each session can ease the mind and, like jogging up and down the theater aisles during a horror movie's scary parts, stimulate the flow of blood.
A certain hominess shines through at JoBella Salon and Spa. The shop is named for the co-owner’s children, Joe and Bella, and the Branford location is nestled inside a two-story house surrounded by trees and green grass. Skilled stylists and aestheticians at both locations tap into an arsenal of elixirs from Arrojo and skincare products by Aveda. When they aren't beautifying clients from the neck up, they primp nails, knead sinews, and leave legs wrapped in seaweed like a sleeping sushi chef.
If a still pond glimmering in the orange glow of a sunset could be translated into how a person feels, that's the kind of feeling salon owner Dawn Poindexter would want clients to have as they leave her salon. To achieve just such a sense of beauty and relaxation for her guests, expert stylists customize their services to each individual's needs, using use high-end products such as Goldwell for everything from styling and subtle highlights to more complex undertakings like smoothing hair with keratin or smoothing an astronaut's hair in a zero-gravity environment. Red Carpet Salon Services also offers a wide array of mani-pedis as well as a full menu of facials, waxing, and healing massages. Outside the salon, Dawn dedicates her time to the C.H.A.I.N. Fund—a charity devoted to treating cancer patients struggling with financial hardships.