After seeing a chiropractor for his high blood pressure at age 17, Dr. Robert Pesale was inspired to pursue a career in holistic health care. His academic aptitude propelled him to graduate cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic and pursue multiple continuing-education programs. To keep up-to-date on the latest techniques, Dr. Pesale attends at least one postgraduate conference a month. At his practice, Pesale Chiropractic, he works with Dr. Jane Randazzo—who has an extensive background in scientific research—to help clients deal with pain, stress, and weight struggles with gentle, holistic treatments that include spinal adjustments and massage therapy.
Black Rock Pilates Studio's attentive and certified instructors personalize the exercise experience with small-class sizes and private sessions designed to help clients maximize the benefits of each workout. Two one-hour private Pilates sessions take place in a secluded section of the studio, allowing professional body-benders to ply their trade without having to worry about overly inquisitive eyes or unprompted advice from backseat stretchers. Every level of fitness fanatic can benefit from Pilates training, which may help to increase core stability and mobility. Each program is fully customized to help clients meet their goals, and an on-site physical therapist offers consultations for trainees recovering from injuries caused by no-handed cartwheel attempts.
Traditional bodywork unites with Eastern energy healing at Quantum Touch Massage Therapy, where LMT Janice Strileckis assuages pain and stress with her massage techniques. Inside the cozy office, breathing exercises accompany long and flowing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, and relaxation and wellness modalities. Janice works to heal a range of ailments, from chasing away everyday anxiety to rehabilitating injuries caused by auto accidents, participation in athletics, and lifting a 50-pound med-school textbook day after day.
You open your eyes. The atmosphere is relaxing, sterile. Whiteness extends into infinity. You're either at Skin and Beauty Lounge or in prison with THX 1138. Luckily for you and for your skin, it's the former.
Linda Martinez, a medical aesthetician with 30 years of skincare experience, is the mastermind behind the new-concept spa. Her life-affirming attitude creates a fun and friendly environment amid the contemporary furnishings and amenities, which include a cupcake bar stocked with complimentary treats. In private treatment rooms, the spa's professionals administer expert services, such as custom facials, med-spa treatments, waxing services, and spray-tanning sessions. They encourage guests to bring their personal iPods or MP3 players—treatment rooms are equipped with docks and speakers—to further customize and enhance their experience.
At Clarity Wellness Spa, owner Clair Gray and her team of fellow massage therapists and skincare experts have created a tranquil ambiance for holistic massages and organic or light-therapy facial treatments. Couples can request a side-by-side facial or a one-hour massage with a complimentary rose and champagne toast. The space's soothing atmosphere emanates from plants, flickering candles, statues, and butterfly-themed artwork.
Susan Trevethan—a nurse with 35 years of clinical experience, a certified Healing Touch practitioner, and a Burnham Systems Facial Rejuvenation practitioner—also provides services at the spa. She aims to positively affect physical and emotional health with an energy-based approach to healing, and strives to redefine facial features with a combination of head reflexology, nerve rejuvenation, and extraneous Mr. Potato Head parts.
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.