More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge—they earned the Long Island Press’s designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen locations now blanketing most of Long Island. Though hair is still the focus—stylists craft hairdos that reflect either everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking—the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster of services is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on products and services on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
White Lotus Massage and Yoga's diverse staff fosters a relaxed, noncompetitive environment where clients can pursue their holistic wellness goals through massage-therapy services and a robust schedule of yoga classes. A FAR infrared heating system warms the yoga practice space up to healing temperatures designed to detoxify the body and loosen muscles, tendons, and minds in preparation for yoga’s soothing stretches. A textured flooring system provides support, comfort, and grip so students can perform Yin yoga's long-held balancing postures or Vinyasa's flowing movements with confidence. White Lotus' skillful massage therapists ease physical and emotional tension with unique massage modalities, such as owner Carolyn Calvacca's signature Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy method. While maintaining balance with overhead bars, Carolyn carefully places her feet along the client's body in gliding strokes, providing a deep yet relaxing muscle-mashing treatment.
Namaste Wellness Spa nourishes soul containers with attentive, customized service and skin-pampering Dermalogica salves. After sweeping future freshened faces into individual treatment rooms, skin swamis query clients to suss out any necessary adjustments and answer questions about the procedure, its impact on different skin types, and the infield fly rule. A microdermabrasion facial exfoliates flesh masks with a spray of fine crystals, reducing the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and B-list celebrity guest stars. Alternatively, a chemical peel's lactic acid lathes away superficial layers of skin, achieving a similarly scrubbed-clean glow. Visages prone to breakouts or oiliness can also opt for the platinum spa facial, which soothes complex skin types before pampering necks, shoulders, and neglected second heads with a massage. Cap off beautifying treatments with a trip to the relaxation room, where silken cushions caress newly softened skin as mouths sup on cookies and tea.
Embrace Yoga's team of instructors offer a series of classes aimed at transforming beginner and intermediate yogis into adroit practitioners of the bendy arts. Classes are offered in a body of styles such as Flow Yoga, which employs a steady stream of poses to build strength while shedding pounds like superfluous baby teeth. Beginners can take advantage of the soothing stretches and relaxation focus in Kripalu Hatha classes. Each session is capped at 16 students to ensure astronomical levels of student-instructor interaction, and daily availability of yoga classes requires minimal bending of inflexible schedules.
To say Vitality Spa Treatment has a variety of massages is an understatement. With 14 different massage possibilities—from lymphatic drainage to honey detox and pregnancy massages—the massage therapists tackle almost any sort of stress or muscle pain. But that's only one aspect of the pampering here. Along with massages, the staff beautifies guests with facials, including diamond-tip microdermabrasions and glycolic peels. Face and body waxing are also available.