Helmed by therapist Michele Salway, the muscle masons of Body Time Massage Therapy help clients unburden themselves of stress and physical tension. A graduate of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage, Salway decompresses bodies with deep-tissue and shiatsu techniques, as well as well-timed knock-knock jokes. In her off time, she continues expanding her arsenal of modalities through ongoing training and checking the museum’s marble statues for cracks. Salway and her team welcome wearied physiques to Body Time’s studio, as well as make house calls and tote chairs to businesses to provide corporate massage services.
At V Salon, a team of trained visage virtuosos will trim tarnished head helmets with expert scissor-wielding skills. Savvy strand specialists can banish split ends with a haircut in the latest style using high-quality products, such as Sebastian, Goldwell, KMS, and DevaCurl (women, $35–$45; men, $20–$28). Customers can revitalize lusterless locks with an electric-eel kiss or opt for the less shocking single process ($55–$60) or splash (partial, $45+; full foil, $65+) of hair color. Complement smooth strands with a smooth facial waxing, leaving your mug silkier than a velvet bean ($10).
Makeup artist and paramedical aesthetician Jessica Lafata enhances the gleam of smiles and smirks with microdermabrasion treatments that use the DiamondTome skin-resurfacing system. Clinicians wielding diamond-tipped wands go to work removing the top layer of facial skin where dead cells and cryogenically frozen ingrown hairs reside. The wands creep in closely to lips, warding off smile lines without the risk of harmful ingestion that crystal-based therapies may pose. By eliminating dried-out patches of skull sheathing, the treatment not only reveals the supple layers beneath, but also stimulates deeper tissue layers, which can result in the firmer flesh a person needs to support a Jenga tower on her cheeks. A patterned sofa rests on light wood flooring inside the lounge, where track lighting illuminates modern art.
As an aesthetician and cosmetician with more than three decades of experience, Isabel Aviles knows which products to use to bring out the best in her clients’ skin. Medicated cleansers tackle acne, exfoliating acids peel away signs of aging, and seaweed masks aim to detoxify the body and disguise appearances at underwater costume parties.
Crystal White and Chad DiBella take pride in the personal attention they give their clients, contrasting it with the impersonal treatment that can sometimes be the hallmark of large spas. At Natural Effects Massage Therapy, the duo performs a wide range of modalities to relax their clients or address specific issues. With Young Living essential oils, they perform eight types of massage, including hot stone, sports, shiatsu, and pregnancy. Crystal and Chad can also accommodate two people at once with couples massage.
In Capital District Massage?s private treatment room, owner Lena Crane and her team of licensed massage therapists keep chronic pains at bay while clients admire Lena?s enchanting artwork displayed on the walls. Visitors sprawl out on a massage table as a relaxation expert melts away their tensions with long, Swedish strokes and the firm kneads of a deep-tissue massage. With the help of massage oils, the center?s therapeutic massages can trigger a variety of benefits, including increased circulation, pain-relief, and improved posture. For twice the relaxation, guests can opt for a four-hand massage with two therapists.