Don't be fooled by its tranquil atmosphere and invigorating scents—Natural Balance LLC is no day spa. Owner Trish Eastwood and her team of seven certified therapists possess years of training in therapeutic massage and take a serious approach to their profession. Each no-nonsense massage incorporates ample communication in order for the specialists to ease their clients' particular knots and painful spots with deep kneads, gliding strokes, and nimble fingers. To enhance relaxation sessions, steamed towels, hot stones, and aromatic essential oils warm the muscles and invigorate the senses much like a nap in a bread oven.
Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
Always kept at a temperate 75 degrees, Massage Therapy Studios of CT's ashiatsu massage rooms keep guests' bodies warm and limber as they relax atop the heated massage table. Licensed massage therapist Paula Jelly customizes each massage session with relaxing music and various techniques from massage modalities ranging from Swedish to acupressure to sports massage. Before or after their massage, clients can enjoy a rejuvenating rinse in a contemporary standup shower or on the back porch with a self-supplied slip 'n’ slide.
More than 60 salon pros and their talented apprentices strive to perfect the art of hairdressing at Ricci’s Academy, and the salon-academy has been in business for more than 60 years. Under the guidance of skilled teachers, each with at least 13 years of experience, new-generation tress tamers snip strands to achieve clients' requested looks, from chin-length bobs to the multiterm shoulder-length layers made famous by FDR. A barbering program ensures scissor wielders can also trim with razors to keep men's cuts straight and neat.
Taking up 1,200-square feet of Ricci’s, Hero Barbering brings to mind an old-school barbershop. Though the inspiration for the space is traditional, the styles they offer are anything but old and tired: they cut everything from conservative crewcuts to mohawks. Hero’s team is also well-versed in the art of the hot shave. A beer or soft drink complements every appointment, while sports on a flat-screen TV and jovial barbershop banter keep guests entertained throughout their session.
At Newtown MediSpa, Dr. David Hendricks and his staff do all they can to keep skin looking healthy. They refresh it with beauty injections such as Botox, revamp it with facials and chemical peels, and streamline it with laser hair removal or waxing. In addition to skin-focused med-spa treatments, they offer traditional spa services such as Swedish massages and the Swedish massage's rival, the Norwegian back scratch.