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Stephanie Cavoli welcomes visitors to the tranquil confines of Sanctuary Massage. There, the therapist performs a host of restorative and preventative therapies. The Sanctuary also specializes in head, hand, and foot massages, all of which can use herbal oils hand-made by the massage therapist.

609 Union Street
Schenectady,
NY
US

At Symetry Hair Design Studio, clients sip complimentary tea and coffee while surfing free WiFi to find examples of the cut they want. “I wanted the salon to be relaxing and inviting, and I think we’ve achieved that,” says owner Marilyn, whose 30 years of industry experience informs her leadership of the studio’s three other stylists, a trio that adds another 35 years of collective experience to the studio. During services, these stylists snip locks into classic styles or dabble in avant-garde ‘dos, employing Goldwell hair color to add blond highlights or tint hair the shade of lime that aliens interpret to mean “do not incinerate.” The studio’s aestheticians also wax away unwanted fuzz, and they brighten nails with OPI polish before formal arm-wrestling contests with the queen.

3029 Hamburg St
Schenectady,
NY
US

Brick walls and mirrors bordered with golden frames help create a warm, inviting atmosphere at Ecco Salon, where a team of stylist use their Goldewell- and Unite-approved skills to craft classic and edgy looks. The staff believes that if a hairstyle is to be truly great, it must be easily recreated at home, typically with high-end products sold in the salon as opposed to a series of wigs with the exact same cut. For those more interested in removing hair than styling it, Ecco also offers hair-removal services for areas such as the lip, bikini area, and back. Polishing off new looks, techs buff and trim nails during manicures and pedicures for men or women, ensuring clients look their best from the tips of their toes to the tops of their heads.

133 Wall St
Schenectady,
NY
US

Jonathan Allen never gives the same massage twice. That's because this licensed massage therapist crafts a unique bodywork treatment for each client, drawing from Swedish and deep-tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy, and deep stretching to address each person's individual needs. Jonathan welcomes clients with all types of complaints, from sore muscles and chronic pain to general stress. Not only will he target those issues with a comforting massage, but Jonathan will also fill clients in on how their muscular system works and provide some stretching exercises to continue the healing at home.

2525 Balltown Rd.
Schenectady,
NY
US

Muscle-kneading duo Linda Mehleisen-Kelly and Bryan Bauer eradicate back-bound aches with nine massage and energy-balancing services, calling upon years of training from Albany's own Center for Natural Wellness. Swedish and deep-tissue massage work kinks out of tired physiques, and reiki employs dexterous hands to clear away energy blockages and detoxify the body. Hot stones and bamboo sticks gently unwind tension with pulsating warmth, loosening even the most tightly wound of muscles and thawing out backs frozen from giving snowmen piggyback rides.

307 Vischer Ferry Rd
Clifton Park,
NY
US

Sitting in a red chair in front of a futuristic, diamond-shaped mirror at Blown Away, you might feel as though you're piloting a spaceship. The reality is far less stressful—a stylist is probably trimming your hair or combing it through with products from brands such as Sebastian and Alterna.

Despite the salon's name, the team specializes in far more than blowouts. They also apply highlights, curl hair with perms, and take down frizz with thermal straightening. There are even waxing services for the face and body, as well as mani-pedis with skin-softening paraffin wax.

1716 Union St
Schenectady,
NY
US