Healthy Living: Spa Centric
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’Tis the season
Of course, the classic treatments never go out of style (the nice firm Swedish massage, a hardworking, deep-cleaning European facial), and “our clients truly do love them,” says The Spa at Norwich Inn’s Peggie Cosgrove. But the spa has also recently started offering seasonal treatments to change things up a bit four times a year. “They’re a chance to experiment and have a little fun,” says Cosgrove. Better yet, the spa uses exclusive fresh-as-it-gets all-natural products made by Lisa Ann Skincare in Madison for each seasonal service. In December, watch for a gingerbread body wrap and scrub.
Speaking of flavors of the season, The Spa at Water’s Edge in Westbrook invites you to “soothe your holiday stress away.” It offers a “Chocolate-Peppermint Twist” manicure or pedicure while you sip a cozy cup of hot cocoa—garnished, of course, with a peppermint stick.
The specials at the Spa of Essex change once a month and they, too, are most often seasonally themed. “We find that our clients love that and will move mountains to take advantage of them,” says Cavanaugh. (It doesn’t hurt that they’re priced at a 20 percent discount.) The specials for December are a peppermint spa pedicure, peppermint-mocha body wrap and “Apple Stem Cell Facial,” a new, cutting-edge anti-aging facial purportedly derived from stem cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple.
Finally, Rituals offers a “Sugar Plum Hydrating Treatment” that includes a rich sugar-plum masque, almond mineral treatment, herbal mud and massage with a sugar-plum soufflé cream. Santa, baby: Did we mention that they offer gift certificates (hint, hint)?
Kids can have their own spa treatment—and eat it, too
Believe us when we tell you that the Sundae Spa in Waterbury is unlike any spa you’ve been to before. Here is a world where giant-sized lollipops line the walls of the salon, super-duper ice cream sundaes back the pedicure stations, and cherries the size of basketballs hang jauntily from the ceiling. There’s glitter over the makeup stations, bright green hair extensions prominently displayed, and the lotions and lip balms, bath fizz and body spray (all of which you can custom design yourself) come in sweet scents like cotton candy, watermelon, blueberry and cupcake.
Are you catching on to the concept here? Sundae Spa, which had its official opening just a month ago, is the state’s first spa designed entirely for children!
Wolcott’s Kimberly Swan is the owner/designer/chief sundae maker behind Sundae Spa and once you learn that Swan has seven—yes, seven—daughters, it’s not hard to guess where she got her inspiration. However, she is also a former science teacher and while “pouffing” and pampering each diminutive diva is definitely part of the plan, she also designed the spa to be an “interactive learning experience.” All those make-your-own lotions and potions the kids love to stir up involve science.
Among the “professional dessert services” is the “Ultimate Dessert Pedi,” which includes “a sundae scoop soak, whipped sugar scrub and lotion massage with polish and design”—kids get to create their own “toppings.” For hair, there’s “Shaved Ice” (a buzz cut and scent) for boys, and cuts and wraps, updos and braids for the girls. Then there are the dessert facials, body glitter tattoos and handmade (and kid-safe) soaps designed to mimic thick slices of fudge, sweet-smelling cupcakes and freshly made pies. Finally, at the end of each service kids get to make their own sundaes with real ice cream from yumalicious Big Dipper in Prospect. Think there’s any chance that’ll catch on at the grown-up spas? Here’s hoping.