At Essenza Salon and Medi Spa, Darcy DellaVella arms herself with products by Dermalogica and Image in order to aid clients in their never-ending fight against stress, aging, and environmental toxins. The spa comprises 3,300 square feet, providing ample space for staff to perform nail treatments, haircuts, and waxing treatments without disturbing clients relaxing under the soothing ministrations of hot-stone massage or those napping on the lobby couch. Beyond enlivening complexions with permanent makeup, the team also offers resurfacing treatments such as microdermabrasion to help stimulate new-cell production and reduce the appearance of scars and enlarged pores, and those looking to fill in fine lines and wrinkles can inquire about injections of Botox, administered by a nurse injection specialist.
The massage therapists at Ahhh! Massage want each of their treatments to feel like a vacation from the stresses of daily life. They seem to have taken this idea to its local extreme, decorating their treatment rooms so that each resembles an exotic locale: Hawaii, Fiji, and the Caribbean islands are all represented. Along with the therapists’ soothing Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage strokes, the tropical decor encourages guests to slip into a state of relaxation disturbed only by the banging of steel drums or the howl of a lonely toucan. When they aren’t tending to backs and shoulders, the staffers perform hot-oil scalp massages and cleansing foot scrubs; the breezy facility also houses an infrared sauna and hydraulic massage beds.
An Aveda concept salon, Shine staffs expert aestheticians who woo customers with a comprehensive menu of beautifying and calming services. Haircuts ($35 for women, $20 for men) feature complimentary head, neck, and scalp massages to calm scissor-fearing tendrils, while non-scalp follicles can be sentenced to waxing, from simple lip pruning ($10 and up) to a full Brazilian deforestation ($65 and up). A manicure ($20) and pedicure ($35–$65) can restore shoddy digit tips to their original state of glamour. Pre-prettified figures can revel in a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute signature relaxation massage ($35–$85) from the licensed therapist, which features an effleurage barrage designed to ward off tax nightmares and melt away tensions. This Groupon can also be used toward products or pricier services such as the aromatherapy hot-stone massage ($80 for 60 min., $110 for 90 min.), which blots out agitation with essential-oil scents and sizzling basalt rocks.
Named best massage/facial service by Connecticut magazine for five years running, Tranquility places an emphasis on natural, holistic treatments. Customers enter a lobby decorated in soothing earth tones through a portal wreathed with vines, where they can then choose their preferred method of relaxation, beautification, and stress lancing. The light-to-medium pressure of a Swedish massage can improve muscle tone and stimulate circulation that stalls during the course of long workdays and transcontinental boat rides in sedentary soil boxes. The Rejuvenating facial, with its deep cleansing, toning, exfoliation, mask, and extractions, can hydrate the skin and reduce evidence of aging. Additionally, customers who spend a total of $400 (including this Groupon) in November and December at the spa and attached shop will receive a $50 gift certificate though the Shop and Save Days program.
As a matter of principle, the trainers at Liberation Athletics aim to help their clients avoid tedious circuit training, constant high-intensity workouts, and catch-all exercise programs. Instead, they lead them through several dynamic strength and flexibility-building workout regimens. Programs incorporate circuit training and boot-camp exercises, as well as nutritional counseling and advice on the best screams to frighten away hot-dog vendors. Monthly seminars broaden the gym's focus on body health with topics ranging from fitness goal setting to permaculture. And yet Liberation Athletics' fitness programs also extend beyond the gym: a private online support group connects members with suggestions for healthy recipes and workouts as well as daily progress check-ins.
Trained in aromatherapy, reflexology, and all manner of massages, Leah Taylor customizes all of her services to fit her customers' needs. Taylor doles out massages in packages that range from 15 minutes to two hours in length, allowing clients to designate exactly how much time they?d like to be tenderized before they reemerge into the world or baste themselves at home. Prenatal, sports therapy, and Swedish massage number among Taylor?s many specialties, with most services supplemented with add-ons such as hot-stone treatments and reactive-heat muscle therapy.