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.
Massage therapist Sandra Ransom believes in the curative power of the human touch. As an expert in infant massage, she helps babies sleep more soundly and bond more readily with their mothers or cabbage farmers. In addition to providing infant massage, she teaches a four-week series on the topic, helping families bond with their newborn and support healthy development.
For adult clients, Sandra fosters relaxation with Swedish massage, and breaks up areas of concentrated tension with hot-stone and deep-tissue work. She also travels to offices for chair massages, which are performed while clients are still wearing their clothes or sandwich boards.
The branches of the baobab tree zigzag into the African sky like roots, giving the tree its distinctive upside-down shape and giving Alchemy Wellness Studio the fruits that infuse one of its signature facials. The studio’s experienced aestheticians meld natural ingredients such as baobab fruit and kigelia—an African flowering plant and natural astringent—into their ameliorating spa treatments, reflecting their overarching focus on holistic, organic care. This goal carries over onto the menu of services—which includes reiki, aromatherapy, and more standard spa fare, such as waxing treatments and mani-pedis—as well as into the cups of fair-trade coffee clients sip as they shrug off the stressors of everyday life.
Jami Purser at Tranquility Salon & Spa unravels wily manes to sleeker states with its straightening treatment. Smooth out cantankerous frizz with a full Brazilian blowout, a straightening procedure that can improve the condition of any hair length or type, including previously relaxed or straightened. Jami will apply a solution that is free of formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals to create a protective protein layer around each strand, resulting in smooth, healthy, frizz-free locks. Acai aftercare products harness the power of this mysterious super-fruit to create results that can last for up to 12 weeks. The entire process can be completed in less than 90 minutes, leaving clients free to spend the day testing the limits of their reinforced tresses in local wind tunnels.
Certified by the National Certification Board of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, licensed massage therapist Christine soothes muscles by employing one of three massage modalities that help assuage aches and pains and diminish stress. Swedish massages use gentle pressure to dissolve muscular tension, and the Japanese touch therapy of reiki—a practice for which she holds the title of reiki master teacher—manipulates energy fields to activate the body’s self-healing mechanisms and combat chronic pain. Christine also shuttles ergonomic seating to and from client homes for chair massages, which can restore your body to a nubile state of relaxed joyousness unlike any since you got your braces removed.
Charym's rustic barn-like studio, a winner of Connecticut Magazine's Best Yoga Studio in 2010, 2011, and 2012, provides a peaceful backdrop for its varied yoga sessions that emphasize a harmony of body, mind, and spirit. Experienced instructors lead classes that range from slow, therapeutic yoga styles to more demanding Vinyasa flow sessions. Other classes incorporate elements of ballet, core fitness, or different types of exercise. Beyond large barn doors, guests sprawl out in a high-ceilinged studio that conjures tranquility with its white walls and abundant natural lighting.