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.
Glam Spa’s trained technicians wield advanced treatments to stimulate collagen and smooth wrinkles, beautifying bodies and faces with minimal discomfort or downtime. During 45-minute Radiancy Therapy treatments, infrared light penetrates the upper layers of skin to stimulate deep collagen growth, which softens fine lines, decreases pore size, and homogenizes skin tone. Alternatively, in the signature facial, patrons undergo a thorough skin analysis before Glam Spa's skin savants exorcise blackheads, whiteheads, and demons from facial-scapes. A custom blended mask then nourishes vitamin-deficient visages, helping to restore faces marred by wrinkles or acne. While countenances soak, staff members knead the face, spine, and neck. Afterward, patients relax on one of the spa's plush massage beds as a muscle mender initiates a full body knead-fest, which targets areas troubled by chronic pain with specific acupressure techniques, leaving tendons as loose and relaxed as a rubber band in a steam room.
Stress and worry wilt under the attentions of YD Spa's classic day-spa treatments. In massage rooms, petals plucked from only the "he loves me" sections of the flower pepper crisp white sheets, waiting for clients to bask in a wide array of modalities. Facials might draw on the advanced anti-aging properties of G.M. Collin serums or organic ingredients such as invigorating tea-tree oil. Flowing drapery stands sentry around plush recliners at the mani-pedi station, where nail technicians cloaked in white beautify claw sprouts with the aid of hot cream massage. Staff ensure intrafamily as well as full-body harmony by treating tagalongs younger than 12 to free nail art, adorning hands with beautiful butterflies or helpful times tables.
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.
Employing advanced laser technology, the experienced nurses at Anti-Aging Centers of Connecticut safely and effectively eradicate unwanted hair. The center’s Candela lasers were sent back through time to terminate unsightly strands using tough yet gentle photons that harmlessly pass through the skin and directly impact hair follicles for long-lasting hairlessness. On women, technicians can evict pesky hair from such areas as the abs, bikini line, and pancreas, while men can choose to exile errant threads from the scalp, shoulders, and beneath their pinky toenails. Anti-Aging Centers of Connecticut has performed hundreds of treatments, and all of the facility’s lasers are calibrated for empathy and small talk to ensure client comfort.
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.
Named best massage/facial service by Connecticut magazine for five years running, Tranquility places an emphasis on natural, holistic treatments. Customers enter a lobby decorated in soothing earth tones through a portal wreathed with vines, where they can then choose their preferred method of relaxation, beautification, and stress lancing. The light-to-medium pressure of a Swedish massage can improve muscle tone and stimulate circulation that stalls during the course of long workdays and transcontinental boat rides in sedentary soil boxes. The Rejuvenating facial, with its deep cleansing, toning, exfoliation, mask, and extractions, can hydrate the skin and reduce evidence of aging. Additionally, customers who spend a total of $400 (including this Groupon) in November and December at the spa and attached shop will receive a $50 gift certificate though the Shop and Save Days program.