Massage therapist Frank Fiorillo, the force behind Performance Massage Therapy, combines his skills in clinical and rehabilitative bodywork with an appreciation for the stress relief and relaxation benefits. Massages tailored to each clients' needs help to ease tension and discomfort from the body, and Fiorillo's experience as an athletic trainer's assistant affords him a unique perspective.
Artistex Salon & Spa’s talented staff, overseen by the accomplished colorist Odete DaSilva, luxuriates mitten-fillers and fire-stompers with a vast menu of spa services. Indulge in augmentations to arm and leg endings with a 90-minute mani-pedi, commencing with a foot soak in a stew of grapefruit extract and tea-tree oil. A sugar scrub treats hands and feet to sweet exfoliation that removes calluses and dead cuticles, rendering skin softer than a jab from the Snuggle Bear. Feet are further pampered with moisturizing shea-butter extract, a cucumber-and-green-tea clay mask, and a massage that incorporates botanical extracts to relieve digit discomfort. The mani-pedi’s finale clips finger- and toenails before shellacking them with a choice of polish.
Sunsations offers a wide breadth of tanning options, including traditional beds, standup tanning, and spray booths. The Mystic spray tan outwits the sun by bronzing human statues without exposing them to UV rays. Silver level tans give a range of solar-powered options, such as the Suncapsule, 12 minutes in a stand-up booth at 7,000 watts, and the Orion, which tracks down 15 minutes of tanning with three facials at 5,000 watts (only available at Norwalk location). Tanning neophytes can ask the friendly staff at Sunsations what type of tanning bed and lotion are the right fits for their skin types. Dogs must be 192 years old to enjoy Sunsations, while humans only need to be 16.
A back and ankle injury changed Doctor of Chiropractic Lisa Clyne’s life—for the better. When the pills and bed rest prescribed by her doctor didn’t seem to improve her condition, she reluctantly gave in to her parents and agreed to see her mother’s chiropractor. After her first visit, she noticed progress, and within four weeks she felt as good as new. This experience inspired her to change her career path and enroll in New York Chiropractic College. In 2006, she opened her private practice and eventually teamed up with a naturopathic doctor, an endermologist, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. Together they aim to provide alternative health-care services that emphasize long-term wellness rather than short-term treatment of illnesses.
Drawing upon more than 20 years of chiropractic experience and more than a decade of acupuncture know-how, Dr. Clyne searches for the underlying causes of pain by performing x-rays and listening to her patients. She uses traditional chiropractic techniques such as Activator methods, which utilizes a spring-loaded tool to provide gentle, high-speed thrusts, and the Thompson technique, which involves manual adjustments and a specialized table to address misaligned vertebrae. Dr. Clyne also specializes in the Graston soft-tissue technique, which targets spinal issues with six stainless-steel instruments that work with the body’s contours instead of challenging them to a jousting match.
It's appropriate that the most luxurious spa package at Dream Spa & Salon—which includes an aromatherapy steam shower, a facial, a detoxifying body treatment, a Swedish massage, and a mani-pedi—is named Cloud Nine. Apart from the bliss that name suggests, it also encapsulates the spa’s airy, serene, and cushioned ambiance, which follows guests through private rooms during personalized services. Even the decor, captures the simple elegance of a floating cloud with see-through glass and white orchids on the tables that contrast with soothing gray tones throughout the spa and salon.
Owner and beauty-industry veteran Lori Dodd has a penchant for this type of attention to detail and forward-thinking sophistication. To complement her spa’s streamlined design there is the ultra-comfortable dream lounge with reusable beverage containers, and a decreased reliance on paper for menus. On the salon side of the venue, her hairstylists likewise believe in attractive minimalism and shy away from overcomplicating their cuts, colors, and texturing treatments. Yet the staff's emphasis on a clean aesthetic doesn't deny lavish procedures. Every facial at Dream Spa & Salon includes an essential-oil-infused steam, and guests can benefit from a dreamy shower, included with every massage experience. The team also bronzes clients with even, natural-looking tans via the Suvara spray-tan system.
The nail technicians, massage therapists, and aestheticians at True Grace Spa & Nail use top-shelf products to yield long-lasting results. By slathering hands and feet in a private-label lotion containing pure botanical ingredients, nail technicians hydrate the skin without leaving the greasy after-feel associated with cheap lotions or used motor oil. During signature facials, aestheticians nourish faces with Decleor products that contain all-natural ingredients. To enhance the therapeutic benefits of massage, kneading professionals may add the spa's signature Cellular Renewal lotion or Moisture Vitality lotion, both of which restore vitality to the skin and promote relaxation with subtle aromas of citrus or lavender.