Surrounded by the soothing tones of sage and cranberry, clients at Sohmage leave their worries at the door. Exfoliating scrubs, facials, and detoxifying wraps aim to boost appearances and overall health, whereas energy-healing sessions work to reroute the flow of energy that would otherwise be rerouted to power your neighbors' fridge.
The professional mane mavens at La Beleza Day Spa and Salon dress tresses and uncoil curls with smoothing keratin treatments amid royal purple walls and scattered groups of flowers. Over the course of one to two hours, a stylist slathers fuzzy head fur in a formaldehyde-free Coppola keratin smoothing treatment, which penetrates individual hair shafts to unfurl curls and make manes as shiny as a disco ball dipped in lip gloss for up to six months. Stefanie, the resident hue specialist, can forgo the sleekifying process in favor of full-head coloring, which infuses 'dos with Schwarzkopf color. This system has built-in conditioners that not only revamp dull crowns but also strengthen hair until it can pick up toddlers. The strand savant then chops off split ends before styling locks with a blow-dryer.
Don't be fooled by its tranquil atmosphere and invigorating scents—Natural Balance LLC is no day spa. Owner Trish Eastwood and her team of seven certified therapists possess years of training in therapeutic massage and take a serious approach to their profession. Each no-nonsense massage incorporates ample communication in order for the specialists to ease their clients' particular knots and painful spots with deep kneads, gliding strokes, and nimble fingers. To enhance relaxation sessions, steamed towels, hot stones, and aromatic essential oils warm the muscles and invigorate the senses much like a nap in a bread oven.
Candlelight flickers across the bright yellow and purple walls of Jennifer Calvo’s massage studio, where the licensed massage therapist enlists her training in a range of methodologies to bust stress and assuage aches and pains. Jennifer begins each and every therapy session with an in-depth look at her client’s health history, then dives into problem areas with the flowing strokes and pulsating taps of a Swedish massage, or the localized attention and muscle-melting kneads featured in deep-tissue therapy. An expertise in myofascial release allows her to free limbs from tightness and chronic pain. When not scaring away stress or volunteering with Special Olympics Connecticut, Jennifer invites miniature yogis to join Kids' Yoga, which calls upon games and music to teach children, adults, and teddy bears cooperation and compassion.
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.
Certified by the National Certification Board of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, licensed massage therapist Christine soothes muscles by employing one of three massage modalities that help assuage aches and pains and diminish stress. Swedish massages use gentle pressure to dissolve muscular tension, and the Japanese touch therapy of reiki—a practice for which she holds the title of reiki master teacher—manipulates energy fields to activate the body’s self-healing mechanisms and combat chronic pain. Christine also shuttles ergonomic seating to and from client homes for chair massages, which can restore your body to a nubile state of relaxed joyousness unlike any since you got your braces removed.
Charym's rustic barn-like studio, a winner of Connecticut Magazine's Best Yoga Studio in 2010, 2011, and 2012, provides a peaceful backdrop for its varied yoga sessions that emphasize a harmony of body, mind, and spirit. Experienced instructors lead classes that range from slow, therapeutic yoga styles to more demanding Vinyasa flow sessions. Other classes incorporate elements of ballet, core fitness, or different types of exercise. Beyond large barn doors, guests sprawl out in a high-ceilinged studio that conjures tranquility with its white walls and abundant natural lighting.