laura sebastian

I wanted to personally say hello, and thank you for visiting R and R's website!  My guess is you've either been to our spa before, and are looking for other services we offer.. or you are considering coming in,  and seeing what we are about!  There is a lot of information packed into this site, so I hope you find what you are looking for. I also thought I'd tell you a little about myself, as an early stage of getting to know each other. :)

I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, and Certified Esthetician. I have been in the field for several years, and I opened R and R in 2014.  I have been absolutely blessed with incredible, kind and loyal clients. (If you are one of them, thank you) :)

This is not my first career. Honestly, I wasn't one of those girls who painted her nails and sprayed perfume while dreaming of opening a spa one day. I was a bit of a tomboy!  ...To be truly honest I was a full on adult before I had my very first full body massage. 

I grew up in upstate New York (Woodstock), and after attending highschool there, I went to college in Syracuse, NY.   After graduating with a degree in Travel and Tourism, I moved to CT and worked for American Airlines for several years as I found my love of travel was leading my way. I got the chance to travel a lot, for which I am still profoundly grateful.  There came a time however, where I found a new passion - motherhood. :)  I left American to raise my two amazingly smart and beautiful girls; Sam and Sydney. After they were old enough for me to not worry about them (so much anyway) ;).... I was looking for a new career path. ...I was a bit lost for a while without a direction.

The dear man in my life brought me on a trip to Cancun, Mexico -  to relax, have some fun, clear my head and re-focus.  He took me to an amazing high end spa, - I had never been to any kind of spa before in my life - so for my first experience to be that one.. lets just say, WOW!   He booked us a couples massage - and yes, I was leery at first.. 'what do you mean I have to take my clothes off? - like, all of them?!?'  LOL, yes.. that was me not that long ago. 

---------well..------this vacation, and that massage... changed my life's direction.   I knew EXACTLY what my path was and I was SO excited to get started.   Yes, it was an amazing massage I had in Cancun, but during my drooling experience, my brain was saying.. I could do this. And not only could I do this, but I'm pretty sure I could be great at this!   I was so blown away by how good it felt - I knew I wanted to help other people feel that way!  

When I got home from that trip, I signed up for massage school immediately, (seriously, within a week).. and never once have I regretted the decision. (Not even through all those Anatomy and Physiology, or Kinesiology classes!) LOL   After massage school, I worked for a while solely in massage, but found I was hungry to learn all things spa! I found skin care was also of interest to me, and my clients! I then went to Esthetics school to learn skin care.  I became a Certified Esthetician and then continued my education at the Dermal Institute where I earned the title Skin Care Expert. 

I love what I do, and I'm proud of the business I'm building. It definitely hasn't been easy, ;).... I've certainly made some mistakes..but they are all learning experiences to make the best spa I can.  I have been fortunate to work with some very talented people, and meet some truly incredible clients.

Since opening we have expanded our spa from 4 service rooms, to eight, plus the newly renovated Relaxation room. This large room is up front and is now used for a variety of classes, concerts, workshops and events! (and it's also great for spa parties!)   Workshops and classes learning about crystals and aromatherapy, to various styles of art therapy, to Singing Bowl and Gong concerts! It's a nice size room that has a cozy feeling!  

I have every hope and desire to help de-stress every person visiting R and R!  Leave your worries at the door and let us pamper you for a while. Aches and pains can be eased.. Skin care concerns can be corrected...STRESS can be reduced!   Time, dedicated to you. This is what we do. Reconnect with your body and your self. 
We ALL spend so much time caring for others.. I have learned how very important it is, to take time to take care of ourselves. Do not feel bad about doing that. We can't be our best for others, when we are not treating ourselves and our bodies well..

I have also struggled financially before, and spa days for some seem a luxury.  Taking care of yourself shouldn't break the bank.  Please, look at our membership details. It's a huge savings, and most importantly it encourages you to take care of yourself on a regular basis :)  ... (not to mention..it's a great way to try out some services you may have only heard about.. at a fraction of the cost!)

If you have never been to R and R, we welcome you!  Please feel free to try all the different services we have to offer - there are many different styles of massage we offer, and many different skin care treatments as well.  Also - remember all massage and skin therapists generally have a style of their own. Try services with each of them! Find the styles you like the most. I'll bet there will be more than one ;)   If you are new to massage or facials, and have questions or aren't sure where to start, please ask us!  We can help and walk you through everything, we want to feel comfortable! 

Okay, now you know me a little better..  I truly hope you come in and allow me (us) to get to know you! Any questions, comments, concerns or feedback - would love to hear from you, text 860-866-6980! It's usually me at the end of the R and R Cell Phone, unless I"m off traveling! Rest assured someone from R and R has the phone on them at all times, so don't hesitate to reach out! ;) 

Laura Sebastian