New Haven Fitness packs state-of-the-art cardio and resistance-training equipment, certified personal trainers, and a jellybean jar of heart-pumping classes within its window-lined walls. Love handles melt away on the Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical machines, and stationary bikes, while muscles mushroom under the direction of Hammer Strength free weights. Personal trainers sculpt unmotivated contractile tissues into apt pupils with exercises customized for body types, fitness levels, and favorite Smurfs. Morph ungainly thighs into shapely stems with the gym's kaleidoscope of fitness classes, including calorie-zapping Zumba, stress-relieving yoga, muscle-lengthening Pilates, and aggression-channeling kickboxing.
Inside My Time Massage’s private treatment rooms, the dexterous hands of a skilled therapist unravel tension and ease achy musculature with nine different massage modalities, each targeted to specific ailments. Prenatal massage, for example, helps relieve joint pain and reduces swelling in the arms and legs, and myofascial-release techniques loosen overly taut facia—the tissues surrounding muscles and organs—with gentle stretching and compressions. Before starting any treatment, therapists perform a consultation and read each client’s internal instruction manual to determine the most beneficial massage techniques.
Drawing upon experience accumulated during 15 years in business, the certified stylists, aestheticians, and therapists at The Hair & Spa Gallery work toward the comfort and beauty goals of patrons. Shears hum in the background as stylists lengthen strands with extensions. Beneath shelves of facial elixirs and body wraps, tanning beds purr. Airbrush units spare bodies contact with UV rays and keep them from becoming involved in the sand-eating contests popular at most beaches. Out back, a lush lawn sidles up next to a porch area equipped with potted plants, tables, and chairs where guests can lounge and new looks can see the sun for the first time.
The expert massage therapists at Sideline Massage carefully manipulate weary musculature as part of an effort to heal clients holistically. Recumbent bodies bask in the spa’s tranquility as tension-tamers mold taut tissues into serene submission or celebrity caricatures upon request. The warmth of heated basalt stones commands pliancy in unresponsive sinews when placed on targeted troublesome regions. Direct contact with skin during corpus caressing imparts additional relief and can help promote curative qualities. Sideline Massage’s knowledgeable massage maestros can also provide tips on nutrition, healthy lifestyle practices, and TV/VCR repair.
At Premier Cuts Plus, the staff's primary goal is to help clients feel their best from the moment they pass through the arched stone entryway that separates the reception desk from the main salon. Soft music and sounds from a trickling fountain collide harmoniously with the low din created by the studio's stylists, aestheticians, nail technicians, and opera-trained massage therapists as they dole out a full spectrum of treatments designed to keep hair, skin, nails, and muscles in peak form. Floor-to-ceiling columns partition each hairstyling station, providing privacy for the jet-black chairs and shy shampoo bowls that assist stylists as they deftly trim, sculpt, and color strands with products by Pureology and Murad. All guests enjoy complimentary beverages with their treatments, though those planning to linger longer can choose to enjoy the light lunch included in several spa packages or travel with their own hibachi chef.