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 Skincare'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.
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.
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.