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.
Jennifer Calvo, the zen master behind The Zen Den, works as a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher. She is well-versed in a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, Thai, bamboo, and myofascial release. Alternately, yogi Nisha Whitfield owns and operates The Zen Den's sister business, Bristol CT Yoga. Nisha has completed 500 hours of registered yoga teacher training through Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, also known as Ishta Yoga. She studied at the distinguished American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City before launching her own yoga practice, which has attracted a client base that includes celebrities, athletes, and artists.
Joe Sassu runs the Paul Mitchell focus salon Sassu Cuts, where he strives to develop the feel and style of a New York City hair salon. He and his newest staffer, Abby Ayala, also do their level best to create NYC-inspired hairstyles, performing an array of beauty services. Abby?s background includes second place in her field at SkillsUSA, a competition among thousands of students from Connecticut?s technical schools. Amid exposed brick and in front of stylist stations that resemble large modern toolboxes, they cut new ?dos, correct faltering color, wax away unwanted hairs, and perform bridal services, such as convincing a groom to get the first haircut of his life.
True to its name, Harmony Massage & Spa uses therapeutic bodywork to help restore a sense of balance between the body, mind, and soul. The spa's therapists view massage as more than an indulgence?to them, massage should be a regular treatment for individuals seeking to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Each of the specialists' sessions work towards wellness by increasing circulation, improving joint flexibility, and alleviating chronic pains. Heated stones and soothing aromatherapy oils can accentuate the therapeutic benefits of the massage. Beyond bodywork, Harmony Massage & Spa offers facial waxing, as well as manicures and pedicures with optional nail art encased in tiny nail frames.
Rain and Sage Therapeutic Massage, LLC's founder Maryellen practices a style of massage that incorporates more senses than just touch. She keeps her ears open during every session, communicating with clients and adjusting her work based on their feedback. As she works, she incorporates aromatherapy scents that help clients relax by assuring them their uncles didn't really steal their noses. During foot massages, she'll introduce seasonal aromas: pumpkin nutmeg in the fall, peppermint in the winter, and lemon or eucalyptus in the spring.
For more than a decade, Physical Therapy and Massage of CT has sent calming ripples through achy muscle waters with its myriad bodywork techniques. The facility's licensed massage therapists can promote relaxation with flowing Swedish strokes or sideline lower-layer muscle aches with firm deep-tissue pressure. Guests also may request other wellness services such as gait training or postural reeducation after an ill-advised belly flop into a kiddie pool.