For many years, I have nurtured a dream of creating a salon where the artistry is unparalleled, where a complete range of salon and spa services are conveniently located in one setting. Such a hair and beauty salon would have a clientele of happiest customers, I believed.
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.
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.
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.