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.
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.
Kristina Mozzicato is a modern-day Renaissance woman. In addition to earning two bachelor's degrees from the College of the Holy Cross in Italian studies and music, she baked and souffléd her way to a culinary-arts certificate from the Connecticut Culinary Institute. So it wasn’t too much of a stretch for her to add a degree from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, a massage license, and national certification to her list of credentials.
In characteristic Kristina style, she approaches her bodywork with a refreshing degree of meticulousness. To protect her clients from parabens, artificial preservatives, and synthetic chemicals, Kristina uses only nontoxic lotions and creams during her massages. She's especially fond of Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils, and incorporates them into her sessions gratis upon request. While she kneads sinews, she draws on a range of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, and hot stone. Taking the path less traveled, her raindrop massage technique combines Vita-Flex techniques with essential oils to bring the body and mind into harmony, boost immunity, and reduce pain. When she isn't helping humans mend, she massages canines to help them cope with stress, aching joints, injuries, and nightmares about vengeful squirrels.
Reiki, meditation, and massage helped Annette Rouze beat PTSD. Today, as a licensed massage therapist and reiki master, she shows others the path to physical and mental wellness at Healing Bean Massage. Her services include Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage.
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.
When Foot Reflexology CT founder Barbara Chudiak was growing up, her mother purchased a book entitled Stories Your Feet Can Tell. Barbara’s mother was enamored with how feet act as a link to the rest of the body—specifically, how pressure applied to the feet can help alleviate aches and stress. If Barbara ever came down with a stomach ache, or a headache, her mother would skip trips to the doctor and administer reflexology treatments. To Barbara's own amazement, the approach worked.
Barbara followed in the footsteps of her mother's fascination with reflexology as an adult. At first, she only used her healing touch on family and friends but soon realized she could help scores of others. So, she ditched the fast-paced world of business and opened Foot Reflexology CT. There, Barbara's reward isn’t a corner office with a view, but the relaxed and rejuvenated faces of her clients following a session. Barbara's repertoire of treatments stretches beyond feet, too, as she applies similar principles to the hands, face, and head to alleviate discomfort and reduce stress.
Within the walls of The Joy Of Healing Massage Therapy, custom massages work out body aches with the help of oils and creams crafted from all-natural ingredients. The licensed massage therapist’s portfolio of techniques ranges from gentle, gliding strokes to deep-tissue kneading to acupressure, which is the application of fingers or hands on specific points of the body or voodoo doll that consequently relax and alleviate pain on other parts of the body.