At Healing Hands Massage of New England, massage therapists eliminate stiff shoulders and sore backs through the power of soothing touch. Licensed massage therapist Marcella Allard uses firm, subtle pressure to break up knots and relieve stress patterns in worn or weary muscles. Sessions can be customized to the needs of each client, and use a blend of styles to promote circulation and improve flexibility.
Manicure mavens at Daisy Doo's shape, polish, and festoon nails in a whimsical salon environment. On a flower-shaped table, the hands of pintsize patrons luxuriate in a sweet sugar scrub before being massaged with flavored lotion. Tiny fingertips receive a coating of kid-selected polish, deftly applied with tiny brushes stolen from a beauty school for elves. Feet follow the same pamper-path, but begin with a toe-tingling foot bath. Nail art bedecks newly dressed-up digits with designs ranging from butterfly patterns and zebra prints to crop circles and mimeographed Dead Sea Scrolls. While piano ticklers rest in the colorful mouth of a frog-shaped nail dryer, a temporary glitter tattoo adds additional pizzazz to already-dazzling divas.
Inside da Vinci Salon, licensed aesthetician Rebecca Stone polishes visages into masterpieces with her sumptuous, layered facials. The custom antioxidant facial commences with a thorough cleansing with Ling products, washing away surface oils and surface balsamic vinegars, after which Rebecca analyzes skin to better determine its needs. A gentle exfoliation follows, scrubbing off a layer of dull skin to reveal the sanguine cells beneath. Next, a steam treatment opens pores, readying them for the extraction session designed to purge sebum, dirt, and embedded Shirley Temple dimples from the cheeks. Up to two antioxidant-laden masks then smooth across countenances to replenish vital nutrients. Custom serums naturally balance the skin, after which the face plays host to a brisk toner and a soothing moisturizer. Rebecca completes the facial with a massage and a muscle-calming session employing jade rollers, a vast improvement on granite boppers. During the session, clients recline amidst warm red walls, sleek flooring, and white columns evocative of neoclassical nobility.
Located on the first floor of a converted house in Ware, Peaceful Paths Massage Therapy is a calming massage studio with a licensed massage therapist onsite. In a quiet room with lots of natural sunlight, clients will have the knots in their necks, backs, and shoulders smoothed out under skilled hands.
At Salon 345 and Spa, stylists enlist the aid of salon products from renowned brands such as Paul Mitchell and Redken to ensure hairdos have maximal allure. Beauticians pamper clients with a slew of salon and spa services that runs the gamut from manicures to facials to waxing. The boutique's pink-walled waiting area brims with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, just as her home was adorned with photos of Salon 345 and Spa.
With more than 10 years of experience to her name, Melissa helms one side of her eponymous salon while her sister and co-owner, Susan, lends her skills as a seamstress to the in-store boutique. The siblings’ signature blend of salon services and boutique luxuries sets them apart as a one-stop destination for those who like to mix their spa and retail therapies.
The sounds of clipping shears and contented sighs mingle on Melissa’s side of the salon, where she wields top-notch salon products that range from CND nail polishes to the individualized ointments of the Bioelements facial line. During haircuts, color services, and treatments for the face and nails, Melissa restores beauty lost to age or gambled away during high-stakes poker games.