Shortly after earning his license to practice massage therapy, Todd DeKramer started working in a chiropractic clinic—an experience that would eventually lead to his specialization in pain management. Todd had been interested in the field since his days as a pitcher for Monmouth University, where he gained a firsthand understanding of athletic injuries and was introduced to some of the same sports-therapy treatments that he practices today.
As the therapist behind Rochester On-Site Massage, Todd travels to locations throughout the city to alleviate aches with onsite chair massages that begin with relaxing Swedish strokes and culminate in quick kneads. His couples massage classes teach pairs to solve their differences with relaxing strokes or firm—perhaps too firm—deep-tissue pressure.
Even after 20 years of industry experience, the seasoned nail techs at Tina Marie Salon & Boutique continue to hone their craft though continuing education and by soliciting client feedback. Through these channels, they keep a perfectly painted finger on the pulse of trending manicure and pedicure products, including OPI gel polishes that retain their sheen for two weeks. Marie Salon & Boutique uses products such as Qtica spa products and Keune hair products to keep customers looking their best. Staff members, who are well versed in the longstanding feud between fingernails and hair stubble, also use wax away surface-stippling fuzz from grateful follicles. Makeup application beautifies visages, haircuts transform heads into works of art, and spray tanning darkens epidermises for a healthy glow.
Unlike other spas that jack-of-all-trade their way through life, offering all manners of curious aesthetic palliative, Pittsford Laser Spa does one thing well. Experienced specialists enlist low-level, noninvasive lasers to stave off or outright eliminate hair growth. During each session, a Candela GentleMax laser transports unwanted hair to a place it will never be seen again, such as the 1839 Whig Party National Convention. The calculated beams impair a follicle's ability to regenerate and cover large areas to help reduce the number of treatments needed to completely remove hair. A computer-controlled cooling device helps to prevent discomfort and knee-top luaus, and a lack of downtime lets patrons return to routines quickly.
The goal of every aesthetician, stylist, and cosmetic technician at Luxe Salon, Spa and Laser Center is to inspire renewed confidence in their clients by creating new or reinvigorated looks. The center's wooden shelves hoist an arsenal of OPI nail polishes, Guinot skincare products, and L'Oréal Professional lathers, which the staff routinely employ during hair and nail services, botanical-based facials, and exfoliating body treatments with Dead Sea salts. Massage therapists knead away stress knots with a number of specialized modalities, while med spa techs combine their aesthetic intuition and technological expertise during electrolysis treatments, microdermabrasions, and laser hair-removal sessions.
The trained stylists of Hipp E Chic Hair Salon and Boutique transform hair and brows inside a salon that’s as inviting as its lavender-toned walls are soothing. Stylists draw upon an arsenal of organic MOP products to revamp patrons’ looks using chemical retexturing, coloring treatments, hair shaping, and waxing sessions, all while spouting off at-home styling tips and tricks to keep locks from reverting to their factory settings. The salon’s plush, white couches invite guests to recline in comfort while waiting for treatments, giving guests a prime vantage point to watch stylists work their magic or to revel in the selection of artistic renderings and plant life dotting the salon.
Brothers Richard and Philip Samuel operate Maximum Tan, pitching in daily to maintain four levels of tanning equipment at seven salons. A computer system monitors the freshness of lamps in every lie-down and standup UV bed, tracking each bulb's hours so that it can be changed before the standard recommended time. The employees, who are trained in skincare, tanning hygiene, and equipment operation, can bronze bodies with custom airbrush tans or escort guests to self-operated VersaSpa booths. Each store is kept cool so that customers can stay comfortable after tanning sessions or long days babysitting electric blankets.
Beyond its sweeping menu of hair and nail services, Salon Lidori cultivates a welcoming atmosphere by focusing on its clients' needs and wants. Helmed by Susan Polidori, an industry veteran with almost four decades of hairstyling experience, the salon maintains an upbeat vibe while providing expert care—the staff includes stylists certified in keratin treatments and Goldwell color application. The team uses Goldwell and KMS and TIGI products to treat and style hair, and paraffin wax to soften skin during mani-pedis.
Maxim Spa and Salon's stylists are trained and equipped to outfit noggins with plumage in a broad range of hues. Flaunt avian tendencies with a choice of fashion-colored feathers, or send a more subtle signal to your flock with natural colors that blend into your hair. Today's Groupon includes an initial appointment and one feather ($10 each for additional feathers), which is inserted via a beaded system. Like a poodle's luxuriant fur or a Cyclops's delicate eyelashes, the feathers are safe to wash, blow-dry, and curl.
Mark Sandler and Carrie Gaynor—co-directors of Absolute Yoga & Wellness—teach yoga as an extension of the healing arts they both practice. Mark focuses on the mind, bringing his studies of yogic philosophy and psychology under Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to the classroom. Carrie draws upon the medical know-how she garnered in her two decades as a nurse to enhance the benefits of her practice. Together, they seek to restore health to bodies through exercise and associated physical therapies, such as kinesis myofascial integration and yoga therapy.
Dr. Jack Bertolino, a board-certified physician of family medicine, and Jeffrey Leathersich, RPA-C, sit at the helm of the medical center's nonsurgical weight loss and beauty programs. They emphasize deliberate forethought and in-depth consultations to ensure that patients achieve their goals through weight loss or anti-aging treatments. To these ends, the skilled professionals never remove their monocles as they thoroughly execute fractional skin resurfacings, apply Botox for women and men, or beam away unwanted hair with lasers.
Jaclyn Davey's decade-long massage career and dual bachelor's degrees in health science and psychology ensure an ideal balance of communication, education, and experience during private massages at Namaste Massage. Her experience with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities and certifications in cupping, reflexology, and Thai massage ensure sessions are always tailored to individuals' needs. Guests can also peruse Namaste Massage's menu of exfoliating back masks, which provide intense rejuvenation without the use of a pressure washer.
Toshia Chayil Chanokhavi believes in the power of transcendence. As the owner of Hair Extension Room, she empowers women to go beyond the possibilities of their natural hair with custom extensions, wigs, and feather fittings. HER proprietary HER line, which features 100% human hair, extends tresses up to 14 inches for an elongated silhouette or an upcoming Tesla coil demonstration. Along with hair lengthening, Toshia’s studio also deftly executes traditional salon services, including haircuts, coloring, and straightening.
The aesthetically gifted team at Millennium Hair Studio and Spa beautifies bodies from head to toe in a fun, casual environment. Haircuts and other styling treatments turn grown-out strands into well-kept tresses, and waxing services remove hair quickly to leave behind smoother skin surfaces. The staff also gussies up fingers with detailed gel manicures, which protect nails from damaging elements and beauty-hating dishwater for up to 14 days.
Drenched in marigold tones, the Sun Tan City facility transforms exteriors with cosmetic treatments that harness different wavelengths of light. Smart Tan–certified professionals invite clients to lie down, stand up, or sit down to bask in bronzing rays and tanning sprays. The staff also whitens teeth with LED light during Beaming White treatments, and slims bodies or out-of-shape sports cars with infrared light during Fit body wraps.
The technicians at Buffalo Laser Spa harness the power of light to ease aesthetic woes such as excess fat and unwanted body hair. Their arsenal of equipment includes devices by Zerona, VelaShape, and SmoothShapes, which work hard to contour physiques, smooth out cellulite, and understand human emotions. Laser hair removal and electrolysis zap hairs in their active growth cycles, leaving skin sleek and free of fuzz.