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.
Destinations Salon and Spa's meticulous stylists primp and pamper exteriors with a variety of beautifying services. Nail techs colorize digits with glitzy manicures, artificial-nail applications, and pedicures performed in massaging chairs. 'Dos are reshaped in a frenzy of snipping and layering or are transformed with new color schemes. Tending to faces, the aestheticians refresh skin with microdermabrasion, during which a diamond tip sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal the more youthful surface beneath. Eyebrow waxing deters hair from its quest to construct the least efficacious kind of body armor—the soft, braided kind.
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.
Aesthetician Tracy Mayfield stays abreast of the latest beautifying techniques and technologies, administering an impressive array of waxing services from her post at Gossip Salon Studios. Armed with nothing more than paper strips and heated wax, she whisks every speck of unwanted stubble from corporeal regions, even masterfully smoothifying hard-to-reach bits, such as the inner nose or ear. Her facials clear buildup from pores and alleviate acne and other skin conditions while keeping noses from barking the whole time with aromatherapy scents. Her eyelash and eyebrow tinting, meanwhile, adds a sense of drama to the eyes without having to replace eyelids with miniature theater curtains.
Charlene Janssen breathes new life into her clients' hairdos with modern cuts, vibrant color, and on-trend styling. Whether she's doing a simple trim or an entire overhaul, she'll work hair so that it frames the client's face and gels with their features and personality. She also smoothes unruly manes with blowouts, and enhances locks with highlights or full color, which can help clients imitate their favorite celebrity or Founding Father. Charlene works out of Just Your Style Salon, part of a team of specialists who also offer nail treatments and skincare.