The readers have spoken and are again sharing their favorite places along the shoreline to indulge in a stress-busting massage, detox in a salt spa, pump some iron or get a little nip and tuck.

The results of the Shoreline Times’ annual Readers Best of Poll for 2019 are in, with many of the shoreline’s best places for “pampering and wellness” making a return appearance in the Top 3. Some newcomers to the health and wellness scene also emerged as readers’ favorite places to calm their nerves, lift their spirits and just simply relax.

Rain Wellness Spa, in Branford has become a shoreline destination. With its unique salt cave geared to bring folks therapeutic benefits, Rain made the Top 3 for best day spa.

Rain’s Saltonstall Cave, built out of healing, Himalayan salt, brings incredible detox results to the body and soul, according to the spa literature. In addition to soaking up the salty benefits, Rain offers facials, massages, sunless tanning, Reiki and more.

“Rain has a relaxed, friendly space with highly skilled massage therapists and aestheticians,” said co-owner Heidi Frazier. “Our employees love what they do and it manifests in their professionalism.”

Being a fan favorite is truly therapeutic for Frazier and fellow co-owner Lauren Sullivan.

“Being recognized as one of the best spas in the area serves as confirmation that all the hard work we do to create a relaxing and healing environment is working,” Frazier said. “Thank you to our loyal guests who voted for us.”

Rain shares the spotlight with other favorite day spas Prive Swiss Wellness, in Essex and Westbrook and Waters Edge Spa in Westbrook.

When readers need a nip or a tuck, some Botox or other age-fighting fix, they head to Esana Plastic Surgery Center and Med Spa in Guilford. Making the Top 3 for best med spa, Esana is dedicated to delivering top-notch aesthetic care to its clients, under the supervision of board-certified Plastic Surgeons Deborah Pan, MD and Javier Davila, MD, both graduates of Yale Medical School.

In business for 14 years, Esana, with locations in Guilford and New Haven, offers everything from minimally invasive injectables to full blown plastic surgery.

“We are the only med spa in Connecticut that is owned and operated by two board-certified plastic surgeons,” said Laura Whinefield, marketing director.

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