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.
There are plenty of reasons to arrive early at Glam Spa. Prior to appointments, clients can take tours, sip beverages, or relax during a mini-spa treatment—all while enjoying soothing aromas and the sounds of soft instrumental music. Then it's on to private rooms, where the spa team administers brow waxes, blueberry peels, medical-grade microdermabrasion treatments, lemon-drop body polishes, and acupressure massages.
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.
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.
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.