DANBURY, Conn. -- Imagine a place where all you hear are ocean sounds while you smell coconut and feel just like you've stepped inside a cabana — all without leaving Danbury, even in winter.
That's the atmosphere in the Paradise Suite, one of the new themed massage suites at Therapeutic Massage and Wellness in Danbury. The business just underwent a major renovation — expanding by nearly 2,000 square feet.
"I wanted to expand because I was running out of space. I was booked four months in advance," said owner Jenna Dallinga, a licensed massage therapist.
Within two months, the 5-year-old business has taken over the entire top floor of the West Side building on Lake Avenue Extension, which was previously occupied by multiple businesses.
"My vision is to create the want and need during a massage while having a beautiful place to receive treatment for medical issues as well as for relaxation," Dallinga said.
"This expansion enabled me to do just that. In two months, we renovated from floor to ceiling, creating all of the rooms and experiences."
Each of the themed rooms appeals to all the senses with its own music, scent, ambiance and lighting.
“I use the five senses to give the client the experience of that place or that feel that they are looking for," she said.
"Although you are in Danbury, Connecticut, we will take you to paradise for an hour. You will be given the opportunity to choose a different experience in each room."
With the added space, Dallinga now offers full luxury spa services, including an advanced science-based skin care line called skinceuticals, which caters to both men and women, from teens to adults.
"We also have a wide variety of facial treatments and body treatments, chemical peels and overall beauty enhancement services," she said.
"We offer microdermabrasion, a service that exfoliates the skin, removes age spots and evens the skin tone.
"Also new is a non-invasive facelift procedure called microcurrent that will give you immediate results," Dallinga said.
Other services also include LED therapy — which stimulates wound healing and collagen production — as well as body wraps and scrubs, waxing, footbaths and spray tanning.
Dallinga hired an esthetician, Susan Sterling, who is a beauty and business consultant, makeup artist and pageant coach. "She will be offering complimentary makeup services with our signature facials," she said.
The lower level of the business continues to offer medical skincare services.
"My downstairs level caters to medical massages that include ART (Active Release Technique). This is a state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves."
The business also offers lymphatic drainage, which reduces inflammation and eliminates toxins; and cupping, which helps with pain, inflammation and blood flow — a technique that became famous during the Olympics in Rio last summer.
Other services include body wraps and scrubs, waxing, footbaths and spray tanning.
Dallinga has been in the massage business for nearly 15 years. "I am fortunate to have the experience of working on many professional athletes, bodybuilders, post-surgery clients and auto accident recoverers," she said.
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