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.
Eloise Pabst was running out of time. As a result of excessive weight, she was an insulin-dependent diabetic, and her sugars were out of control. Not only was she suffering from high triglycerides and taking three blood-pressure medications, she was enduring chronic back problems, and she couldn't walk long distances. According to her interview on WTNH's Connecticut Style, Pabst's doctor recommended Medical Weight Loss Centers as a last-ditch effort to help her regain her health. The medical staff guided her through their program and helped her lose an impressive 100 pounds in eight months. As noted by physician assistant Monika Fuller in that same news story, Pabst's blood sugars are now stabilized, and she is completely insulin-free. Her triglycerides are normal, and she's cut her blood-pressure medication and reduced her thyroid meds by half. Of her life-changing journey, Pabst said, "Everything is spelled out for you. You know what to eat, they provide the proteins for you … It's very easy. You're constantly eating every two to three hours."
Pabst's story is no different from those of many of the patients at the center—including its own associate medical director, Andy Rodican, PA-C. Rodican himself struggled with diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea before suffering a heart attack in 2002 at the age of 46. He recognized that obesity was the root of his problems, and he now uses what he's learned both personally and as a graduate of the physician associate program at Yale University's School of Medicine to help other people reach their goals. He and his team are specially trained in bariatric medicine. They steer clients toward protein-filled low-calorie and very-low-calorie diets and away from bad carbohydrates.
Gina Ledwith, the certified holistic health coach who heads Holistically Well, has struggled with her weight and won. Her weight-loss success inspired her to earn certificates from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Raw Food Institute. With knowledge of over 100 dietary theories under her belt, she teaches the same strategies that helped her lose more than 80 pounds to students at her weight-loss clinic. There, she offers everything from one-on-one coaching to cooking demos and tours of health-food stores.
Dr. Fausto Petruzziello and Donald Kagan, PAC, couldn’t ignore their patients’ expanding waistlines any longer. While practicing medicine at CareMedica, they realized that optimal health relied heavily on whether or not a person weighed in at a healthy number. So, together they founded WeightMedica in 2007, a branch of their original practice. They oversee weight-loss programs that begin with a physical to ensure a patient’s candidacy, checking their blood, charting an EKG, and handing out carnival prizes to those whose weight was guessed incorrectly. Then, patients meet regularly with the staff to record their progress, receive nutritional tips, and—in some cases—receive Lipofast injections, which expedite fat loss.
Laser Center of Milford’s expert staff use focused light to treat three areas of concern: unwanted hair, unwanted inches, and spider veins. Although once effective only on pale complexions, lasers for hair removal now work for any skin type, and Milford’s team couples treatments with a dynamic cooling device to limit discomfort. They effectively employ Zerona and i-Lipo lasers to slim waistlines, and use Candela GentleYag lasers to chase spider veins from view.
The cozy be-lasered emporium of beauty services is studded with plush armchairs, warm earth-toned walls, and friendly professionals ready to gently laze away worries with the power of a Candela hair reduction laser. Laser light is a quick and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively treating unwanted hair. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy, comfortable, and treat hair follicles faster than other methods.
Though massage therapist Melanie helps her patients find peace and calm on top of a massage table, she finds her own on the peaks of Nepalese mountains. She travels worldwide—her next trip is to Colombia to learn healing rituals directly from Lakota tribes—to find the enlightenment she needs to share with others. Her signature massage style is reiki, which she works into her other modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue. She also incorporates aromatherapy oils into her sessions, such as invigorating blood orange and cajeput, which soothes sore muscles after taxing activity, like lifting dumbbells or catching a glimpse of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a swimsuit.