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.
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.
Rimagé's licensed body coddlers treat dermises to a mix of flowing touches and gentle exfoliation coupled with quality skincare products. A selection of massages features the Swedish techniques of pairing long, fluid strokes with an assortment of pressures to improve flexibility and muscle tone and release the tension of being caught making out with your reflection on the side of a lobster tank. Customers who choose a European facial transport pores across the pond to bathe in expertly applied natural ingredients. While a gentle mask or compress cleanses and refreshes visages, mild massages of the neck, face, and décolleté complete a full upper-body pampering, and all customers leave with a recommended care regimen to fool gullible skin into thinking it never left the spa.
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.
Esana Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa's Dr. Deborah Pan and Dr. Javier Davila oversee a highly trained team whose expertise in advanced facial rejuvenation garnered Connecticut Magazine's award for Best Medical Spa in 2010 and 2011. During 60-minute microdermabrasion treatments, a friendly clinician gives dead and damaged layers a deft brushoff with a DiamondTome wand and a medley of hip-hop dance moves. A miniscule mine of diamond chips gently scrubs away signs of aging from the topmost dermal layer, whisking away wrinkles and sun damage to reveal an even skinscape underneath. The mechanical slougher evicts dead cells and helps to stimulate the production of collagen and healthy new cells over the long term. Clients leave the office glowing with the confidence that their baby-soft countenances will delight sleeping neighbors when pressed against their windows.
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.