Vera is great!

I’d love to reinforce the positive feedback I gave you briefly yesterday after my massage with Vera: Vera was wonderful with me! First of all, her manner is mature and respectful, not insisting on personal chat, which is always a relief for the client (who often just wants to...

Image Lindsay Eisensmith – Owner, Founder & Integrative Wellness Therapist

Qualifications: B.Sc., LMT, CES
CHHC – Integrative Wellness Therapist & Ayurvedic Practitioner

Master Therapist CT Massage License: #4402
Corrective Exercise Specialist

Lindsay founded Vitality Spa & Wellness in 2005 as the first wellness center in our community.

I am passionate about what we are doing here at Vitality, Bodywork is an essential investment in your health, just like exercise, adequate sleep, proper nutrition and plenty of water.

Lindsay received her degree in Exercise & Sports Studies from Smith College (2001), and her Personal Trainer / Corrective Exercise Specialist certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (2000).

From there, her interest in the optimal performance of the human body led her to study massage at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (2005), the most highly accredited school in the state, where she graduated at the head of her class.

Her research on cardiovascular exercise was published by the Journal of Strength & Conditioning (2006), and her case-study on the Effectiveness of Massage Therapy in treating TMJ Dysfunction was published by the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2007). Read the abstract.


On a continual quest to advance her wellness education, Lindsay went on to study at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2010) becoming a Holistic Health Counselor and member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

The culmination of these pursuits came in 2010 when she created Vitality Spa. Rooted in the Japanese belief that Longevity & Vitality are your greatest wealth, her team of expert therapists redefine your spa experience, fusing intuition with advanced technical skills to create your customized experience through results-driven massage and facial therapies combined with the powerful health benefits of relaxation and stress reduction.  Our tranquil environment appeals to both men and women seeking a therapeutic oasis to enhance overall wellness, longevity & Vitality.

Read more about her philosophy – Practice Wellness

Image Luray Shepard BA, LMT – Licensed Massage Therapist, Spa Manager

Qualifications: CT Licensed Massage Therapist: #8597


Luray received her BA in Psychology from Loyola College in MD and has worked in the social service field for the past twenty years.

After observing the benefits of massage on a terminally ill family member, she decided on a career transition. “It was during that hour session my cousin felt “normal” and her pain was alleviated for hours after. I want to be able to give that peace of mind to people.”

reserve1000Luray graduated with academic achievement from CT Center for Massage Therapy in Groton.

She has advanced training in oncology massage, which allows her to modify sessions for clients with cancer and cancer histories, from the robust to medically frail.

Luray is a Level 2 Certified Reiki Practitioner and taken Visionary Craniosacral Classes 1 & 2.

Her empathetic nature and understanding of people help clients relax while receiving a therapeutic massage blending her extensive training and natural intuitive style.


Vita-Flex Foot Treatment

Vita-Flex is a safe, non-invasive, pressure-point reflexive massage technique. It uses rolling and releasing motions to activate reflex points on the feet, hands, and various areas throughout the entire body. It is particularity effective in delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body. Derived from the words, “vitality”...

Vita-Flex Treatment

Vita-Flex is a safe, non-invasive, pressure-point reflexive massage technique. It uses rolling and releasing motions to activate reflex points on the feet, hands, and various areas throughout the entire body. It is particularity effective in delivering the benefits of essential oils throughout the body. Vita-Flex Benefits: By using the...

Image Katie Carpionato – Certified Reflexologist

Experiencing positive results from reflexology almost 10 years ago, Katie became passionate about the therapy, believing that the deep relaxation that reflexology initiates, truly helps the body’s healing process.

Katie completed extensive training with The Center for Universal Reflexology in Wolcott, CT in 2011. Followed by her initial training to become nationally certified with the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB).

She studied and completed additional training with Laura Norman Hand Reflexology. Part of the Reflexology Association of America (RAA) and also studied with Dorthe Krogsgaard and Peter Lund Frandsen of the Danish Reflexologists Association (FDZ), certified tutors of Nerve Reflexology through MNT-NR International.

Katie is now a full time practicing therapist in RI and CT; providing reflexology with the Center for Healthcare Integration (CHI) at Backus Hospital and the Center for Hospice Care in Norwich CT. Katie is currently continuing her education for massage therapy at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.

Please call 860-434-1792 for appointment

Image Reiki Energy Treatment

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means “universal life-force.” It is the Japanese word for the energy that is in all living things and all around us. Reiki therapy is a powerful, but gentle, form of energy medicine. It is a hands-on, spiritually-guided healing art believed to have originated many thousands of years ago and rediscovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 1800s following his study of ancient Tibetan texts.

This therapy energetically aids the body in balancing its vital energy, removing energetic blocks, detoxifying systems and encouraging renewed vitality. Through this energetic balancing, it promotes an increase in the body’s ability to heal itself by helping to create an environment where the body’s innate healing wisdom is supported in a deeply relaxed state. Just as our body is able to heal better and rejuvenate while we are sleeping.

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Is Reiki treatment for you?

This treatment is for any one of any age and there are no contraindications to receiving the therapy. It is compatible with western medicine and all other alternative holistic therapies. Reiki treatment is a comprehensive healing system that works to bring the body into balance on all levels–physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is a tool for stress reduction, pain relief and to encourage relaxation and overall wellbeing. Reiki also is helpful for healthy individuals seeking to maintain balance, health and well-being. It is also highly recommended and suitable for our beloved companion animals.

How people are using this treatment?

Reiki therapy supports and encourages the body’s ability to heal itself from illness and injury. It works well with traditional medicine & can even enhance its efficacy. Reiki treatment is now regularly offered in many hospitals and hospices.  Clients often report treatment is followed by a reduction in pain, stress or anxiety and deeper, more restful sleep. With ongoing treatment, individuals often report feeling better, more “centered” and better able to cope with the daily stress in their lives.

Preliminary research data suggest that regular reiki treatment can help improve:

  •   Heart rate and blood pressure
  •   Immunity
  •   Pain relief
  •   Anxiety and depression
  •   Perceived stress levels

Many use regular reiki therapy to:

  •   Promote deep relaxation
  •   Relieve stress
  •   Relieve pain
  •   Relieve insomnia and fatigue
  •   Detoxify the body
  •   Relieve side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  •   Stimulate faster healing after injury or surgery
  •   Shorten hospital stays and require less anesthesia
  •   Treat PTSD
  •   Support pregnancy and overcome infertility issues
  •   Process grief and support transition
  •   Release outdated emotional patterns
  •   Support increased overall well-being
  •   Access inner wisdom and creativity
  •   Increase spiritual awareness

What should I expect during my treatment session?

During a reiki session, the client is seated or relaxes on a massage table, fully-clothed, except for shoes. Comfortable clothing is suggested for treatment sessions. The practitioner channels energy to the client through a gentle, light touch in a series of hand placements along the body.  Sessions also can be performed non-touch with hands about an inch or so from the body. Clients may feel a sense of warmth or tingling in the area being treated even during non-touch sessions, but there is no massaging or manipulation of muscles.

Each hand position is held still for three to five minutes or slightly longer as needed to encourage healing and promote wellness by balancing of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the client. This effect can create a deep sense of relaxation during a session and feelings of peace, calm and generally increased well-being after treatment. Approximately five minutes at the beginning and end of each session is for check-in and debrief (and slightly longer for a new client’s first session).

Because most experience such profound relaxation during treatment, we suggest when scheduling your appointment, please plan to allow a few extra minutes after your session to enjoy some tea and become fully alert before resuming regular activities.

Are follow-up treatments recommended?

Highly. Benefits from reiki treatment tend to be cumulative so a weekly one hour session for at least three weeks is highly recommended when beginning treatment. A series of treatments allows us to gauge how your body-mind-spirit respond. It also is reasonable to expect that additional treatments may be necessary to achieve longer lasting results. This is just as we don’t achieve physical fitness after one trip to the gym.

You and your practitioner will work together to determine need and frequency of ongoing treatments based on your goals and your response to treatment.

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Reflexology at Vitality

Services: Ayurvedic Foot Reflexology Treatment This treatment restores vitality to every system, structure, and imbalance in the body through direct palpation of the feet. By increasing the flow of prana from neuronal pathways in the brain and into the nervous system, it clears the energy channels (strotas) and works...