SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION: Body Beautiful

When we take care of our bodies, we nurture our souls. There are many ways to go about this, and each one affects us in a holistic way. Releasing muscle tension through a healing massage makes our entire self relax, and when our shoulders drop, our faces start to loosen up and glow. When we look into a mirror and the face that smiles back looks as young as we feel, we are empowered, ready and able to take on the challenges and create the opportunities we crave. Luckily for us, there’s an amazing lineup of talented medical practitioners and aestheticians nearby to help us transform ourselves and transcend perceived limitations.

Spa Central Station
Experience healing, relaxing and rejuvenating treatments at a very special event, “The Spa Experience 2007,”staged by SpaFinder Inc. in Manhattan’s grand hub, Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. Indulge body, mind and spirit by sampling totally complimentary treatments and products and familiarize yourself with luxury spa travel destinations, all under one sheltering roof from Wednesday, October 31, through Saturday, November 3. This is the largest, most unique, spa adventure of its kind and completely free to the public. Just head on down to 42nd Street.

Close to Home
With so many talented professionals right here in your own backyard, and services and prices to fit all lifestyles, there’s nothing standing between you and your idealized self except your ability to dream it.

Stepping into the recently opened Noble  Salon in Stamford is like gliding into a serene oasis, with its soft lighting, modern furniture and dark wood floors. Your visit starts with a glass of flavored water or a cup of specialty coffee or tea and a bite-size treat before you enjoy a top-level haircut or color treatment. If you’ve been eager to try a new look but don’t know whom to trust, Noble is the perfect place to take that leap of faith. The boutique salon emphasizes healthy hair, so beyond the familiar menu of services (color, highlights, Japanese straightening), it offers retexturizing, reconditioning and demineralizing services plus an anti-chlorination treatment that will leave you with a truly glorious mane.

Transformation Medical Spa is one-stop shopping to fulfill all of your non- invasive and cosmetic surgery desires. With two top professionals on staff, the well-appointed spa in Fairfield offers everything from chemical peels, mesotherapy, photofacials, laser hair removal and the full menu of “cosmecueticals” to all manner of elective surgical procedures. Transformation is among the very few spas where you’ll find some of the most cutting-edge treatments, including the collage-stimulating product, Re-Firme (which has been called a facelift without surgery), and VelaSmooth, the only FDA-approved cellulite-reduction treatment on the market. Come in for a free consultation to help you make the most appropriate choices for putting on a new face.

Prepare to work out in a revolutionary, highly effective way — with biokinetic precision, at Studio Uma, with locations in Greenwich and Manhattan. The biokinetic system is a fusion of Western biomechanical principles, martial arts, weight-training, dance and yoga. Workouts are done on handcrafted biokinetic exercise equipment that was designed to prevent and reduce injuries while utilizing gradual resistance through a full range of motion and rotary friction mechanisms. Biokinetics has been a growing trend over the past twelve years, with athletes and fitness enthusiasts experiencing unparalleled success using the system to sculpt their bodies while avoiding injuries and stress-induced chronic conditions. Biokinetics is also a great rehabilitation tool, as the equipment’s design fits the individual user.

When you have intimate medical problems, you need a medical center you can trust. That’s why women have been choosing Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery for years. With comfortable, private offices in Stamford and Trumbull, the center specializes in elective and restorative vaginal surgery, treatment of urinary incontinence and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Utilizing the most sophisticated technology, the professional team will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Overseeing the entire program is medical director Dr. Brian Hines. A graduate of MIT and Boston University’s School of Medicine, he did a residency in gynecology at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital and a fellowship training in reconstructive pelvic surgery at NYU. Dr. Hines is an assistant professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

As laser technology gets better, more comfortable and affordable, waxing, shaving, and electrolysis are becoming things of the past. At The Vein Therapy and Laser Center of Fairfield County, in Norwalk, men and women enjoy safe and simple hair removal as well as the treatment of varicose and spider veins. While everyone is a candidate for hair removal, people with lighter skin and darker hair tend to have better results. Lasers have come a long way in the past decade. Today, treatment usually feels like a mild pinching or stinging sensation, thanks to the laser’s built-in cooling tip that protects skin and minimizes discomfort. Because hair has three growth stages and not all hairs are on the same cycle, clients usually require six treatments to fully cover a given area.

Discover why people are flocking to Turquoise Spa, a soothing oasis that offers Botox, wrinkle fillers, microdermabrasion and laser treatments. All treatments are performed and supervised by the principals, both board-certified plastic surgeons, who offer new clients a free skin analysis. There is also a full variety of massages and body treatments, medical pedicures and spray tanning — and a well-stocked retail boutique.

Now in its twenty-seventh year, Derma Clinic European Day Spa believes that stress-reduction and relaxation are two of the keys to inner and outer beauty, and its services and products reflect that. Choose from an inventory of specialized massages, facials, and skin, hair, scalp and nail treatments or create your own package. Laser therapy is now available, so there is truly something for everyone.

A beautiful smile is a priceless asset. The Orthodontic Center is a leading specialist in tooth straightening, using the latest in clear, ceramic and traditional metal braces. Orthodontia has come a long way since its early days, thanks to sophisticated computer technology that can project facial and jaw growth and eliminate extractions and invasive therapy. Now, that’s something to smile about!

Kelly & Company has the distinction of being Westport’s first gym dedicated solely to personal training, and eighteen years later, it’s still committed to improving clients’ sports performance and overall well-being — and helping them stay fit for life. Whether you want to shape up, undergo rehab or fine-tune your game, the trainers at Kelly can help you reach your goals.

Massage Envy, with 275 clinics and twice that number in development, offers affordable quality massage when you need it. Each location is open eighty-eight hours a week and has at least eighteen licensed practitioners at your beck and call. Whether you fancy Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports or Trigger Point massage, or Reflexology or Craniosacral work, you can get the kinks worked out here.

Steep in an atmosphere of tranquility and pampering at Westport’s premier day spa, Dream, which has just ratcheted up the spa experience another notch with the addition of London-trained hairstylist Mari Sherman. Treat yourself to what’s been called the best massage in Westport, or try an invigorating ginger scrub or specialty nail treatment, like a Reflexology pedicure or hot rock manicure.

Ideally situated on the banks of Westport’s Saugatuck River, the state-of-the-art Riverside Club helps its clientele achieve their goals of a healthier lifestyle. At Riverside, members partner with their own personal health concierge, who creates a personalized, integrated health-management plan, which includes physician- supervised medical evaluations one-on-one fitness training, nutritional recommendations and aesthetic and fashion consultation.

Let local pros help you become your best you. Because when you look your best, you feel your best, and that’s beauty that goes so much further than skin-deep.

OTHER PLACES TO GO

Aetheria Spa – 203-966-6650
Dermacare of White Plains – 914-696-4900
Elements Yoga – 203-655-9642
Go Figure – 203-625-7616
Greenwich Medical – 203-637-0662
Ward Pilates – 203-662-0084
Warren Tricomi – 203-863-9300
Williams and Warren – 203-656-2363

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