The yoga studio at The Bee Well Boutique & Spa is probably much different from what students are accustomed to. More living room than studio, the space features bright-white wainscoting, decorative mirrors and clocks, and even a fireplace. This quirky setting makes for a comfortable, welcoming environment where students of all levels can work through yoga poses and breathing exercises.
The homey ambiance extends throughout the rest of the space, where aestheticians conduct a variety of facials in private treatment rooms. Post-facial, clients can opt for a sunless tan, or peruse the varied massage menu. On the boutique side, accessories and locally made beauty products occupy shelves, and patrons can even rent out the unique space for private events such as bridal showers and birthday parties.
Most popular service: Integrated massage
Brands Used: Certified Organic HobaCare Jojoba Oil
Staff Size: 3
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Andria, the owner and massage therapist of Inner Peace Healing, believes that every form of massage has its value. Whether it's a Swedish massage that gently relieves tension or a reiki session that balances the body's energies, the benefits of professional bodywork are tangible.
Andria's goal as a therapist is to raise the public's awareness of these benefits, one massage at a time. She specializes in a wide variety of modalities, ranging from neuromuscular therapy to sports massage. Regardless of which style she practices, her clients tend to appreciate the outcome. Talk with her before scheduling a treatment to discuss which techniques are best for preventing injury, managing pain, or finding out if you're still ticklish.
At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
GreenStone Spa’s four therapists infuse organic products and Eastern therapies into treatments that yield whole-body rejuvenation. Calling upon the curative properties of copper and sulfur, aestheticians administer hydrating and deep-cleansing facials that balance skin tone. Massage therapists tackle the muscular system with 11 modalities including Swedish and deep tissue. During the Sticks and Stones massage, they heat muscles and soften areas of concentrated tension with warmed stones and bamboo sticks. In the spa's gift shop, beauty professionals equip patrons with aromatherapy gifts and body products to remind them of the chronic ache that got away.
It's rare to find strength-training equipment and oriental rugs in the same room. But on the premises of Human@ease, the two comfortably coexist. The hybrid furnishings reflect the establishment's hybrid mission?it's part gym, part holistic health center. That duality is evident in the gym's signature training technique, too. Dubbed "Introversion", the technique replaces quick reps with a blend of slow, continuous lifting and controlled breathing. Its aim, beyond toning muscles? To build a strong mind-body connection like that of experienced yoginis, many of whom can move their arms just by thinking.
Human@ease trainers don't neglect traditional gym offerings, either. Alongside their specialty Introversion sessions and yoga classes, they also lead Zumba dance parties and cardio-kickboxing workouts. The team tends physiques with non-calorie-burning health treatments, too, from acupuncture and shiatsu massage to sweating sessions in the on-site infrared sauna, whose rays can help the body release pent-up toxins.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Most popular service: Acupuncture
Brands Used: Serin needles, Japanese golden moxa
Boris Shapiro grew up in the Soviet Union with a fascination with martial arts and Eastern medical practices instilled in him at an early age. He initially pursued Western medicine as a career, and in an attempt to broaden his abilities, he began incorporating Eastern practices into his work. However, after earning his medical doctorate, he decided to abandon his traditional Western practice, and headed to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York to earn a degree in acupuncture. He has since studied under countless acupuncture experts, and applies his knowledge one needle at a time, working to help his patients maintain overall wellness. Among many other ailments, his treatments are designed to address back pain, stress, fatigue, and depression.