The extracts in the facial masks at Dolce Vita Day Spa come straight from the herb garden—ginseng, lavender, rosemary, and olive leaf. These botanical ingredients are used to enhance the anti-aging and cleansing effects of specialized skin treatments, including microdermabrasion that polishes pores with fine pumice crystals. Throughout the spa, such add-ons infuse procedures with a personal touch. Nail technicians top off mani-pedis with a soothing paraffin dip, and massage modalities ranging from Swedish to prenatal and postnatal can incorporate cold-stone therapy to ward off headaches.
Owner Annamaria Morello drafted her treatment menus after years spent working in upscale spas and salons. She and her staff of aestheticians keep abreast of cosmetic trends with a commitment to ongoing education, and they relish the opportunity to combine their services into luxurious packages or group parties. Guests of all kinds enjoy complimentary beverages, snacks, and calming music that isn’t just their waxer gently drumming on their belly in a spa space whose light marble counters, big mirrors, and wooden floors evoke an airy seaside cottage.
The roads to personal growth at Vital Life Center LLC are as diverse as its staff. The practitioners here range from yoga teachers to wellness counselors and massage therapists, but they share a common goal: to facilitate growth on a personal and community level. Vital Life Center's owner is a 20-year practitioner of yoga and meditation, and she's assembled a curriculum of yoga and meditation classes, helping visitors tap into a place where the mind and body can flourish without any distractions. Additionally, a skilled massage therapists ease tension and manage pain through a number of modalities, including Swedish, orthopedic, therapeutic, deep-tissue, sports, myofascial therapy, and reiki massage. The center offers more personal means of growth as well, such as massage therapy, energy work, and spiritual and life coaching. Vital Life Center also brings its members together for collective growth at the larger community level.
Sure, they could put their clients through grueling one-size-fits-all boot camp-style workouts that leave them physically spent and mentally exhausted, but the team at A|M Fitness
know that's not the best way to encourage people to stick with a program long term. Instead, they take the time to tailor a weight-loss or fitness regimen that fits well with each student's age, abilities, and individual goals and also incorporates proper recovery time. That translates to large and small group fitness classes that encourage camaraderie amongst members, but allow individual exercises to be personalized to each participant. In addition to group classes, A|M Fitness also offers one-on-one training sessions for those who crave even more personalized attention from their trainer, as well as a shop that sells nutritional supplements and other products designed to help clients meet their goals.
Visitors never have to wait in line to workout at Cardio Express—each of the six clubs boasts a ton of Cybex strength-training machinery, an arsenal of free weights, and more than 80 pieces of cardio equipment affixed with personal 15-inch television screens. Compassionate instructors imbue gym visits with a human element as well, leading classes such as Core Fusion, Total Tone circuit training, and spinning sessions at the Southington, Vernon, and Manchester locations. Each year, the staff members carry the same motivational energy they use in their studios to recruit members and friends for the Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour. Cardio Express has raised a grand total of nearly $400,000, and it also acts as title sponsor for the 2012 benefit.
The attentive trainers of Core Studio sculpt bodies and impart fitness-focused wisdom within an intimate, boutique-style facility. Guests can take their pick of five group classes, all of which inspire camaraderie among buffness buffs, keeping muscles motivated and preventing predatory medicine balls from picking off stragglers. Zumba, propelled by invigorating music and custom choreography, entertains as it chases off rhythm-phobic calories. Yoga sessions revitalize lungs and limbs alike, and cycling and strength training forge firmer cores and promote balance, stamina, and endurance. Check the schedule for class times.
The team at CrossFit Factory Square knows that each person has a different fitness goal. For some, that might be having more energy and losing weight. For others, it might be improving athletic performance or doing enough bicep curls to eliminate the need to shop with a grocery cart. Whatever the motivation, their strength and conditioning program?which is used by many police academies and military units?is designed for universal scalability, and it can be implemented by beginner or advanced exercisers.
The protocol calls for constantly varied, functional movements such as squatting, pushing and pulling, and running. Staffers challenge guests with more than 6,000 square feet of traditional kettlebells and rowing machines, as well as some devices you might not expect to see.