Staff

Shana

shana's picture Owner of Inner Essence, Licensed Massage Therapist since 2000 specializing in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Heated Stone, Prenatal, Myofacial Release, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Trigger Point, Reflexology, and Sports Massage. Also an Energy Medicine Practitioner since 2004, as well as a B.S in Exercise Science, Shana is always available for a wide range of needs.

Irena

irena's picture Certified as an esthetician at Brio Academy in Fairfield, she has been practicing skin care since 2006. She gives each facial a special European twist, and is educated in the Eminence organic skincare line, like organic skincare, and Dermalogica. Irena also does wonderful Body Treatments, Manicures, full body waxing, and speaks Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.

Nina

nina's picture Originally from Russia, Nina has been in the US for 15 years. Certified as an aesthetician at the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences in Southbury, she has been practicing skin care for over 20 years. Nina is educated in the Eminence organic skincare line, Yonka skincare, and Dermalogica. Nina also does wonderful body treatments, manicures, pedicures, full body waxing (for both men and women), and speaks Russian and English.

Wendy

wendy's picture A Licensed Massage Therapist for 20+ years, As well as a Holistic health & nutritional counselor, Yoga and Middle Eastern dancer and modern Improvisational dancer. Provides a great combination of Cross fiber friction, Myofacial release, Deep Tissue, Sports, Swedish, and stretching techniques into her massage. Also practices some alternative healing techniques such as Gua Sha, Cupping, Yoga Therapy, and traditional Thai Massage.

Maricelli

maricelli's picture A licensed Massage Therapist since 2005 and has been at Inner Essence since 2006. Maricelli specializes in Deep, Trigger Point and Sports Massages, including stretching. She also is proficient at Swedish, Heated Stone, Prenatal, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Body Treatments, Manicures and Pedicures. Maricelli is also a Licensed Practical Nurse, Has Certifications in Nurses Aid, Business Management, CPR and First Aid, and is bilingual (English and Spanish).

Gail

Gail graduated from CT center for massage therapy in 2003. Her massages are customized to meet her clients’ needs. She specializes in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sport and Pre-Natal massage. She has additional training for heated stone, Thai Massage, Acu-Yoga as well as Body treatments. She incorporates essential oils into her massages to enhance your relaxation.

Garrett

Garrett graduated from The Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy program in 2011 and has since been a Board Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist and a member of the AMTA.  He specializes in the following modalities:  Swedish, Hydrotherapy,  Aromatherapy, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Acupressure Integration.  Garrett is also a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, and has been practicing Reiki Energy since 2006. Additionally he is certified in Hot Stone Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Lomi Lomi, and Reflexology.

Olga

Olga's picture Olga has been a Nail Specialist since 2001.  She specializes in pedicures, and also performs manicures and body waxing.  She is fluent in English and Russian.  Olga will pamper you like a queen during your visit at Inner Essence.

Vilena

Vilena's picture Vilena is dynamic, professionally trained licensed massage therapist. She knows how to customize the therapeutic massage treatment that best fit your needs. Graduated from CCMT of Westport in 2012 worked already on more than 500 people. She specializes in Swedish, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal, Sports, Hot Stone massages and has a special training in Deep Tissue through the Soft Touch and Trigger Point Therapy. With a special attention she helped numerous of clients successfully recover after the injury. Speaks both Russian and English.

Nina

Nina's picture Nina is a highly driven and responsible young woman who will put you at ease and take good care of you when you come in. Working towards a degree in hotel management, Nina really has an understanding and appreciation of her role at our front desk.

Ula

Ula's picture Urszula "Ula" has been a licensed massage therapist for over 10 years. She makes a personal connection with each client to make their massage experience therapeutic, relaxing and stress free. Ula utilizes a combination of techniques and is very attentive to individual client's needs. Trained and skilled in sweedish, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal and sports massage, her philosophy and passion is to understand the needs of each client and provide a unique experience with the goal of bringing ultimate benefits and relaxation during and long after each session.

Courtney

Courtney's picture Courtney has been working as a massage therapist since 2009. She graduated from the Connecticut center for massage therapy in Westport Connecticut in 2008. She has also worked as a licensed medical massage practitioner for various doctors office and private practice offices as well. She is well-versed in dealing with many different illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and has also worked with hospice care to make those going through end of life more comfortable. She specializes in Swedish/relaxation massage therapy, deep tissue, sports therapy, pain management and pain relief therapy, and also enjoys adding aromatherapy and heat therapy to her massages. When she is not working here at Inner Essence Spa she is working as a veterinary technician to take care of animals and make them feel better.