Best of Connecticut 2010: Health & Beauty
Westport, (203) 255-4751 (phillipbrucesalon.com)
Hubert de Givenchy once said, “Hairstyle is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.” De Givenchy’s opinion aside, fear not. Phillip Bruce Salon owners Phillip Addario and Bruce Chapman and their talented staff of stylists can help you find your best look. A variety of the latest beauty treatments, products and services are offered in this private spalike retreat. Get a classic or trendy cut, highlights, foils, glosses, Brazilian straightening, hair extensions and more. The friendly team also assists brides and bridal attendants in looking their best for the big day.
HEALTH FOOD STORE
Stratford, (203) 377-3652 (natureswayhealthfoods.com)
This independently owned health food store was ahead of the times 30 years ago when it began educating the community about a healthy sustainable lifestyle. Sure, they have organic foods, bulk herbs, vitamins, natural baby products, chemical-free beauty products, oils, books and so much more, but their staff of naturopaths, nutritionists and practitioners of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and eco-living puts Nature’s Way in a league of its own.
Tranquility Mind & Body Wellness Spa
Milford, (203) 877-7115 (tranquilwellness.com)
They sure know how to spell massage at Tranquility Spa in Milford. Upon arrival, guests don thick, floor-length robes and are shown to the relaxation room to nibble on healthy snacks and stretch out on lounge chairs. Next, it’s 10 minutes in a eucalyptus steam to fully decompress. As for the massage itself, not a single muscle or bone is overlooked. Gentle healing strokes get into all areas of stress, including the full, blissful treatment on scalp and face. You’ll feel so comfortable and well taken care.of that you may want to return to the relaxation room for a nap before heading back out into the real world.
The Spa at Norwich Inn
Norwich, (800) ASK-4-SPA (thespaatnorwichinn.com)
The inn is a gracious Georgian Revival manse set back from the road on 42 wooded acres. The spa, its crowning glory, offers a dazzling array of services and treatments in a calm, serene wing evocative of a Roman villa. You won’t run out of options in the 36 treatment rooms, though we admit we’re partial to the Rain Drop Therapy (50 minutes, $125) and Nirvana, Ayurvedic Herbal Body Exfoliation and Shirodhara (80 minutes, $125). Afterward, enjoy lunch or dinner in the beautifully redone, lightened and brightened Kensington’s restaurant.
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
Old Saybrook, (800) 243-0212 (saybrook.com)
The luxe Saybrook Point Inn added to its allure in 1989 with a luxury spa that’s only gotten better, and more eco-friendly, over time. New treatments include “The Kate,” a full-body ritual combining exfoliation and various massage techniques to nourish mind, body and soul (75 minutes, $125), the Customized Facial using all-natural, organically grown products (50 minutes, $95) and a tension-relieving scalp-and-head treatment (30 minutes, $30). Most important: The staff customizes and personalizes services to maximize your benefit.
Viso Bello Day Spa
Middlebury, (203) 598-7525 (visobello.com)
The new treatments wing and therapy rooms attest to the continuing popularity of Viso Bello Spa. The serene splashing of running water (each new room has a mini-fountain) combined with soothing spa music gets visitors into the properly receptive mood. And there’s a lot to receive here: body massages, facials, pedicures and manicures, specialized treatments, all administered by skilled therapists. When you’re done, don’t miss the post-treatment room, where guests can “extend” the day’s treatment by settling into a lounge chair with a magazine, and within reach of cheese, crackers and wine.
Esana Plastic Surgery Center & MedSpa
New Haven, (203) 562-7662 (esanamedspa.com)
Unhappy with your appearance and looking to make changes with the help of a medical expert? Under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Pan and her associate Dr. Javier Davila, Esana provides a wide array of cosmetic needs, from microdermabrasion treatments and BOTOX injections to full surgical options such as breast augmentation and body contouring.
Litchfield, (860) 567-7795 (charym.com)
Blending yoga traditions, Pilates and other fitness regimes, Charym—a Bhutanese word meaning beauty in its fullest sense—will help you escape life’s stresses. Classes include many different styles of yoga, including Ballet Yoga Flow, a combination of ballet-inspired movement and stretches with yoga postures, and Charym Gentle & Restorative Yoga Flow, a deeply calming class that promotes balance and release.