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.
Marianne Chapin, owner of Kneading Hands Yoga for the past 10 years, takes a well-rounded approach to stress relief and wellness by marshalling years of yoga teaching experience. To help her run the studio, she has assembled a team of eight certified instructors who bring a wide range of skills to yoga classes. Available classes, all of which take place in a spacious and clean studio, include relaxing and meditative Hatha yoga, strength and stamina boosting hot-yoga sessions where temperatures of up to 98 degrees render muscles more pliable, and Pilates classes that build core strength and focus.
Natural and organic products are used exclusively at this salon, where stylists nourish and protect strands amid haircuts, highlights, and smoothing treatments. A separate room caters to younger folk, who hop into a fire engine or pink Cadillac while enjoying their favorite cartoon or PlayStation 2 game. After their haircut, kids receive a lollipop and balloon as a reward for their good behavior or correct guesses of how many hairs are on their heads.
Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
Always kept at a temperate 75 degrees, Massage Therapy Studios of CT's ashiatsu massage rooms keep guests' bodies warm and limber as they relax atop the heated massage table. Licensed massage therapist Paula Jelly customizes each massage session with relaxing music and various techniques from massage modalities ranging from Swedish to acupressure to sports massage. Before or after their massage, clients can enjoy a rejuvenating rinse in a contemporary standup shower or on the back porch with a self-supplied slip 'n’ slide.
The spa specialists at Re’Treat Contempo Salon operate a circuit of body-rejuvenating experiences for clients in need of skin overhauls. For 30 days, clients can take advantage of unlimited access to three spa services. Re’Treat Contempo's hydration station, a nutrient-rich steam bath designed to moisturize skin and cleanse pores, packs the rejuvenating punch of a steaming Icelandic geothermal vent. Both traditional tanning beds and UV-free Mystic spray tanning invite sun-shy patrons to quell firefly envy with a fresh, bioluminescent glow. Beauty Gold LED light facials employ an intense LED light during noninvasive, 20- to 30-minute sessions meant to reduce the appearance of acne, fine lines, sunspots, and scars. Clients can relax in complete privacy to cycle through the full triumvirate of treatments in a little less than an hour.