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.
Shahla Day Spa & Threading’s therapists and aestheticians continue to add to their 35 combined years of industry experience, pampering clients with mani-pedis, threading and waxing services, and rejuvenating massages and facials. Just as the aestheticians use the natural sunlight that floods the spa’s interior to thread eyebrows with precision, the nail technicians reference the polished wooden floors to add the appropriate level of gloss to freshly trimmed toenails. The spa’s private room seems a world away from the bustle of the main floor, and its peaceful atmosphere only enhances the soothing strokes of Swedish massages. This room also hosts waxing services and custom facials that remove dirt and oil from skin or smooth out the wrinkles on a favorite Richard Nixon mask.
Within Salon Couture of Southington, expert salon techs perform beautifying treatments amid red and white accents that recall the hues of peppermint candies and classic barber poles. The team snips hair, paints locks in shimmering highlights, and fastens updos while utilizing the complete line of Paul Mitchell products. They also create flawless faces with airbrush makeup and bronze limbs with airbrush-tanning solutions, enriched with vitamins and antioxidants. For clients seeking relief from tension or toxins, the staffers offer custom massage and facial services, and they can banish unwanted chin hair or Sharpie moustaches with facial-waxing services.
Bridges To Health founder Lee Stang is a decorated massage artist who has taught at national schools, presented at conferences, and traveled with professional sports teams around the world. Lee has gathered together a friendly and nationally certified staff of therapists specializing in pain management, rehabilitation, and relaxation. Customers looking to alleviate tension can melt calcified stress with a hot-stone treatment or unwind under the flowing strokes and soft-tissue manipulation of Swedish massage. Coiled carapaces of muscle or muscles that are actually screaming lizards can benefit from the connective-tissue mobilization of a myofascial release, or opt for the more specialized orthopedic massage, which assesses and treats tight or damaged tissue resulting from occupational or sports injury.
One of MadeMan's 10 Best Day Spas in Connecticut, Lavender Fields provides patrons with a range of services aimed at keeping bodies looking and feeling pampered. Unmitten your mitts for a classic manicure ($18) to leave your fingers ready for hours of glamorous poking and pointing. A spa pedicure ($40) complements the hand holiday, starting with an aromatherapy spa foot bath followed by nail shaping, a lower-leg and foot exfoliation, moisturizing, and a coat of polish or buff to leave your toes ready for emergency counting duties. Like pied pipers of pleasure, Lavender Fields' massage therapists are trained to coax tension out of bodies and lock it in a closet. Hit your aches and pains with a 60-minute dose of blood-oxygenating Swedish massage ($75), or penetrate through to muscles living in caves far beneath the skin's surface with a deep-tissue massage ($75). An hour-long sports massage ($75) can melt stress and salve muscles, helping bodies prepare for or recuperate from taxing physical activities.
Back in his wrestling days, Doctor of Chiropractic Andrew Hawley suffered a lower-back and rib injury that he thought would take him off the mat for good. However, a series of visits to a chiropractor soon restored him to competition shape. This experience drew him to chiropractic, and together with his wife, Doctor of Chiropractic Nicole Porzio-Hawley, he opened Porzio-Hawley Chiropractic and Nutrition Center.
Often the last resort for patients who have tried “everything else,” Dr. Hawley specializes in healing sports injuries that otherwise might be chronic. He treats muscle adhesions from athletic issues and repetitive use with the active-release technique and the instrument-assisted Graston technique. Both work to break down scar tissue and restore function and mobility.
With a forte in nutrition, Dr. Porzio-Hawley gives personalized nutrition advice that accounts for health problems and weight issues. In addition to passing this knowledge to clients, the trio escorts clients to the grocery store to suggest healthy choices and to ride in the cart. Other treatments, such as basic chiropractic care and acupuncture, support overall wellness.