When Inner Essence Spa and Wellness Center was just a twinkle in her eye, licensed massage therapist Shana Bernier dreamed of owning a business that would cater to both health and beauty concerns under one roof. Now that her dream has become a reality, Shana works alongside a staff of certified aestheticians and fellow massage therapists to curate an extensive list of renewing services. Wraps, ionic footbaths, and other body treatments coax toxins from the body’s hiding places and work to rid insides of fat and cellulite. Waxing, facials, and exfoliating scrubs tend to the body’s all-important outer layer, leaving skin glowing like a lava lamp dipped in plutonium.
The sound of M Spa and Skin Care's bubbling waterfall beckons visitors to surrender stress to the hands of trained therapists. Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate unwind coils of tension, preparing guests for soothing spa services with all-natural products by Yonka and Eve Taylor. In massage rooms, therapists administer a handful of soothing modalities, including Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue, as forest sounds waft through the relaxing spaces, simulating an attack by an incredibly friendly grizzly bear. Beyond mollycoddling recalcitrant muscles, the spa's staff whirs into action buffing and polishing nails, renewing visages with facials, and clear-cutting bodily forests with waxing services.
Hot stones and slow, gliding strokes await clients at Healing Touch by MC. Inside private treatment rooms, massage therapist Marilia Cotto evaporates clients' muscular tension and soreness with five types of massage, from deep-tissue pressure to therapeutic medical massages. She's had plenty of practice honing her craft in each of these modalities, having completed a 1,080-hour massage training program and 600 hours of skincare training.
At Clarity Wellness Spa, owner Clair Gray and her team of fellow massage therapists and skincare experts have created a tranquil ambiance for holistic massages and organic or light-therapy facial treatments. Couples can request a side-by-side facial or a one-hour massage with a complimentary rose and champagne toast. The space's soothing atmosphere emanates from plants, flickering candles, statues, and butterfly-themed artwork.
Susan Trevethan—a nurse with 35 years of clinical experience, a certified Healing Touch practitioner, and a Burnham Systems Facial Rejuvenation practitioner—also provides services at the spa. She aims to positively affect physical and emotional health with an energy-based approach to healing, and strives to redefine facial features with a combination of head reflexology, nerve rejuvenation, and extraneous Mr. Potato Head parts.
Sharon Lynn has loved makeup since she was a toddler. She remembers climbing onto her mother’s vanity dresser to play with all her makeup products and attempting to brush off the peach fuzz with her father’s shaving cream. At the age of 15, she earned her first professional makeup gig and today, as an adult, is a licensed cosmetologist, professional makeup artist, and eyelash extensionist. Stationed at a kiosk in the Connecticut Post Mall, she loves meeting women of all ages and ethnicities while using her skills to help others look and feel beautiful. Sharon specializes in five-minute makeovers and eyelash extensions, and she offers makeup lessons to dispense cosmetics intelligence like your own private town crier.
An apt mural of feathery clouds await guests behind the desk at Cloud 9 Day Spa, a welcoming image that foreshadows soothing treatments. The staff pampers guests with everything from hot-stone massages and manicures to cherry-chocolate facials and microdermabrasion.