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.
At Shelton-Saxe Aesthetics, the road to supple skin is paved with customized masks, nourishing vitamins, and repairing enzymes. Andrea Ward, the center’s aesthetician, spent eight years at the luxurious Bellagio hotel and spa in Las Vegas creating in-depth facials for guests. Here, she offers high-end hospitality with a clinical edge, customizing treatments to each client's skin type regardless of whether she’s using natural enzymes to repair past skin damage or aromatherapy oils to enliven the senses. Aside from the extensive menu of facials, Shelton-Saxe Aesthetics offers therapeutic massage and waxing services.
The sound of M Spa and Skincare's bubbling waterfall beckons visitors to surrender stress to the hands of trained therapists. Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate unwind coils of tension, preparing guests for soothing spa services with all-natural products by Yonka and Eve Taylor. In massage rooms, therapists administer a handful of soothing modalities, including Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue, as forest sounds waft through the relaxing spaces, simulating an attack by an incredibly friendly grizzly bear. Beyond mollycoddling recalcitrant muscles, the spa's staff whirs into action buffing and polishing nails, renewing visages with facials, and clear-cutting bodily forests with waxing services.
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.
At Etheric Massage, the therapist doesn't rely solely on fluid strokes to ease stress and tension—they're just part of his treatment plan. In conjunction with Swedish, deep-tissue, or other massage modalities, massage therapist Bruce Smith incorporates Eastern energy work to align clients on an internal level. By redirecting and centering energy, he augments the traditional benefits of massage, such as relaxation, emotional release, and overall healing.
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.
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.