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.
After a disappointing trip to a spa with her kids, Sundae Spa's founder didn't despair. Instead, she was struck by inspiration. After years of teaching science, she knew how well kids engaged with interactive activities, learning more when having fun. She decided to start her own kid-friendly spa, building her business around the idea of the classroom experiment. Not only can kids come to Sundae Spa for a haircut or manicure, they can also mix their very own lotions and soaps that will keep them cleaner than a playground-administered cootie shot, learning about the science of hygiene as they do. The product range supports the ability to make vegan, organic, and paraben-free products, so every child can participate.
The spa itself looks like a candy shop of yore; everything is the color of bubblegum or frosting, right down to the floor tiles and manicure chairs. Many of the products sport a dessert scent, such as chocolate cake or cookies, and kids receive complimentary ice cream with each service.
The relaxation experts at Donna Marie's A Massage Wellness Spa pamper clients from head to toe with a full menu of spa treatments and massages. From the luxurious four-hour Ultimate Body and Mind Makeover to the quick 50-minute Mini De-stressor, the services soothe the skin and calm the mind better than swimming laps in a pool of chamomile tea.
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.