A seven-circuit labyrinth sounds like the setting for a Greek myth, but at Branford River Resort and Spa, it is a concrete place patrons visit to practice meditation. Relaxation is not reserved for the labyrinth, though?it pervades the spa and resort as a whole, helping to earn the establishment one of 2012?s Patch Readers? Choice awards. Visitors can bask in the healing milieu of its infrared sauna, lounge in the onsite gazebo, or unwind during diverse spa treatments.
The spa?s treatments encompass a vast array of facials, which can combat acne or aging, soothe with warm stones, or draw on the healing power of crystals. Massages range from traditional Swedish effleurage to the Shiradora indian head massage, which incorporates kneading upon the back and herbal oil conditioners, just like a cat clinic held in a soap shop. Body wraps ensconce physiques in materials from Dead Sea mud to mylar foil, and a complementary suite of salon services beautifies visitors with custom haircuts, highlights, and nail services.
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.
To be a successful massage therapist, you don't necessarily have to have worked in the medical field for more than two decades, but it can't hurt. As a radiological technician for the more than 25 years, Pam Butler possesses a deep understanding of both the musculoskeletal system and ways to turn hospital gloves into balloon animals. Today, she is a board-certified massage therapist working with Studio B Brow Bar and Body Studio and an arsenal of modalities at her disposal. She uses indulgent treatments such as Swedish and hot-stone massages, as well as more-targeted techniques, such as deep-tissue and energy work, to help bring about a variety of benefits, both mental and physical.
Aura Day Spa is more than just a spa—it's a relaxing skincare and wellness oasis, located inside a glamorous white mansion in Branford. Here, licensed estheticians and wellness professionals offer facials, waxing services, and massage treatments to clients in need of a little pampering. Come in for an indulgent Extreme Clean facial with Dermalogica products, or have a full set of eyelash extensions carefully applied before heading off for a daring Brazilian wax. Round off a day of pampering with a back-melting 90-minute Swedish massage in a private room at this beautiful and soothing day spa.
Acupuncture of Milford Connecticut’s Richard A. Covello earned a Best of New Haven 2011 nod for his extensive knowledge of acupuncture. His staff, including Stephanie Ortiz, LMT and Alexandria Attolino, LMT, performs relaxation and wellness massages, specializing in event, post-injury, and post-surgery modalities to help speed recovery.
Though quite experienced in the scientific field of traditional healthcare, Dr. Betty Brainerd, ND, believes the natural healing powers of the body can rival those of the lab. For more than 20 years, she has studied and practiced natural healing solutions in both hospitals and private clinics, listening to her patients' needs in order to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses them. Her treatments can reduce allergic reactions, balance bodily chemistry with nutritional supplements, ease chronic pain, or cleanse bodies of toxins and brains of all but the most useful state capitals.