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.
The staff of hair stylists and make-up artists at Faces Beautiful focus on what looks best on each client. They take pride in finding the perfect style for every customer, including styling the models at Mitchells fashion shows, making it not just a haircut but an experience, striving to put the extra shine on your outside with a cut and color to create your desired look. They apply makeup for weddings and other special events, drawing on products from founder Gail Sagel's Faces Beautiful line as well as Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Peter Thomas Roth, and Vincent Longo.
iFloat helps clients escape the weight of the world by forgetting the weight of their bodies. Inside the spa's quiet, dark chambers, clients float atop a warm epsom-salt solution that creates the illusion of weightlessness. The effect of this environment is to slow brain waves, producing vivid imagery, creative thoughts, and an epiphany about how to make square dancing slightly more popular. There are other benefits, too; sessions can reduce blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. After flotation sessions, clients can relax inside a comfortable lounge and sip complimentary tea.
Vichy showers, aromatherapy oils, and tubs filled with rose petals are just a few of the relaxing elements that wind their way through Westport Wellness Massage’s body treatments—including cocoa wraps and Sandy Beach scrubs. The decadence spills over into massage sessions, where heated lava stones join forces with flowing Swedish strokes to oust stress and tension.
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.
Although his salon is nestled in the suburbs, Vincent Palumbo and his team have made plenty of waves in the urban world—some styled for the Michael Kors Fall 2011 trunk show, others sculpted the locks of Armani Prive models in Paris for the Fall 2010 show, and still others have handled tresses featured in People magazine. Palumbo has worked hard for this kind of success. He’s sheared locks in Fairfield for more than 30 years, working his way up from salon assistant to owner of a salon that made Beauty Entertainment magazine’s Hot 100 Salons in America. There, in a sprawling space with high ceilings and black-and-white photographs, Palumbo and his team treat hair to precision cuts, adding colors that range from golden blond to the red of a fire engine that’s just been kissed. They also transform hair texture with treatments such as thermal relaxers and Coppola keratin hair straightening.