Licensed massage therapist Shelley Steeves steams towels, their heat radiating as she places them on a patient’s back, warming the skin before her fingers get to kneading out tension and stress. Clients return to Sacred Beauty again and again for such tension-reducing services, each of which is catered to the client’s needs and time constraints. Shelley’s signature Serenity massage couples the long strokes of Swedish massage with warm towels and the aromatherapy of essential oils, locking clients in a soothing embrace for a quick 30-minute session, or as a longer service or package. During a hot-stone massage, smooth, warm rocks dissolve sites of tension and epidermal surfaces soften during a sea-salt body scrub, which leaves just a hint of the sea, or enough to convince you that actually going to the ocean is overrated.
True to its name, Harmony Massage & Spa uses therapeutic bodywork to help restore a sense of balance between the body, mind, and soul. The spa's therapists view massage as more than an indulgence?to them, massage should be a regular treatment for individuals seeking to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Each of the specialists' sessions work towards wellness
by increasing circulation, improving joint flexibility, and alleviating chronic pains. Heated stones and soothing aromatherapy oils can accentuate the therapeutic benefits of the massage. Beyond bodywork, Harmony Massage & Spa offers facial waxing, as well as manicures and pedicures with optional nail art encased in tiny nail frames.
Rain and Sage Therapeutic Massage, LLC's founder Maryellen practices a style of massage that incorporates more senses than just touch. She keeps her ears open during every session, communicating with clients and adjusting her work based on their feedback. As she works, she incorporates aromatherapy scents that help clients relax by assuring them their uncles didn't really steal their noses. During foot massages, she'll introduce seasonal aromas: pumpkin nutmeg in the fall, peppermint in the winter, and lemon or eucalyptus in the spring.
"Now listen up," insists Connecticut Magazine. "Matthew?s tableside Caesar salad has to be the best in the state, if not the country." It's hard to argue with that claim. Starting with torn hearts of romaine lettuce, the salad is made right next to your table, which gives you the chance to catch the distinct aromas of garlic croutons and parmesan cheese before each is thrown into the mix.
Executive Chef Greg Marcuson's culinary talents, of course, extend beyond salad. In fact, they're visible throughout Matthew's menu, in the Berkshire lamb shanks he braises for eight hours and in the cheddar grits he pairs with jumbo shrimp tossed in a barbecue dry rub.
But even the food can't claim sole responsibility for Matthew's popularity. Credit is also due to the restaurant's idyllic location, which includes a spacious outdoor patio with a stunning view of the Farmington River and its kindly fish god.
Inside Abundant Health Massage Therapy & Wellness, Kristina Mozzicato is a modern-day Renaissance woman. In addition to earning two bachelor's degrees from the College of the Holy Cross in Italian studies and music, she baked and souffl?d her way to a culinary-arts certificate from the Connecticut Culinary Institute. So it wasn't too much of a stretch for her to add a degree from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, a massage license, a national certification, and a Reiki-master certification to her list of credentials. Her Reiki-infused massage techniques include Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, and hot stone.
In characteristic Kristina style, she approaches her bodywork with a refreshing degree of meticulousness. To protect her clients from parabens, artificial preservatives, and synthetic chemicals, Kristina uses only nontoxic lotions and creams during her massages. She's especially fond of Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils, and incorporates them into her sessions gratis upon request. While she kneads sinews, she draws on a range of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, and hot stone. Taking the path less traveled, her raindrop massage technique combines Vita-Flex techniques with essential oils to bring the body and mind into harmony, boost immunity, and reduce pain. When she isn't helping humans mend, she massages canines to help them cope with stress, aching joints, injuries, and nightmares about vengeful squirrels.
Head Over Heels Hair Studio spruces up bodies and minds with an ample menu of salon and massage services. Clients leave neck knots and tethered tendons to the able mitts of Corey Deloy, a licensed massage therapist trained in a variety of muscle-melting techniques. Backs relax at the application of a Swedish massage, which uses light to medium pressure to reduce stress, in the same way that eyes relax at the sight of Magic Eye puzzles in aurorae borealis. If anxiety centers require additional fathoms of muscle mining, excavators can sign up for a deep-tissue massage, which employs deep pressure to release knots and free corporal yachts from sore moorings.