"Even the City that Never Sleeps needs a nap," jokes Nicolas Ronco, the owner and CEO of YeloSpa, which serves as an urban oasis for New York's overworked and overtired masses.
YeloSpa welcomes guests into a boldly colored cocoon of maroon and yellow?colors chosen by Ronco based on Tibetan monks' robes and sashes. The colors relate to specific chakras in the body, with maroon representing the chakra of vision and intuition, and yellow representing the revitalizing spirit of the heart chakra.
Once inside private nap rooms, or YeloCabs, clients gain total control over the atmosphere. They can tailor the color of the lighting, the soundtrack, and even the aroma to their personal preferences. "You can be in the jungle or you can be in a coffee shop in Vienna," Ronco says. The cushioned, leather chairs recline back so far that clients' legs are elevated over their heart, which creates a mild sense of weightlessness, gently slows heart rates, and helps guests sink into a deep state of relaxation. With these conditions, falling asleep is effortless.
The spa?s more traditional services are completely customized to each individual based on an initial consultation. Massage therapists can incorporate everything from relaxing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to more focused reflexology techniques, depending on the client's needs. Aestheticians use custom blends of balms and salves from the ?minence and Kerstin Florian lines of skincare products. Their facials can even include microcurrent treatments, LED therapy, or microdermabrasion, if necessary.
Vision Source believes that eye doctors have the most success when they have a relationship with the patient and are free to make decisions about what is best for that patient. That’s why, although it’s a network with more than 2,300 offices across North America, all of its offices are independently owned and operated by family optometrists. Vision Source merely grants these doctors access to its shared expertise and resources.
Its doctors inspect eyes to test for disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, and the effects of diabetes. They also diagnose retinal tears and repair most types of eye injuries, from embedded foreign bodies to general wear and tear from staring contests with headlights. The doctors use low-vision-therapy devices to help people suffering from degenerative eye diseases, teaching them how to maximize the vision they still have.
For basic services, they inspect eyes for overall eye health and visual acuity before fitting them with contacts and frames from the likes of Fendi, Calvin Klein, and Guess. Since Vision Source is a network of individual doctors, each office is different from the next and tailors its services to fit the needs of the community.
Lava Massage Studio owner Laura Pacanin helms a team of licensed massage therapists, all of whom share her belief in massage’s unique ability to relieve stress and stimulate the body's natural healing processes. At sessions held in your home or in one of the studio’s private rooms, the therapists draw on their knowledge of Eastern and Western healing modalities to dissipate buildups of tension. Their signature Thai massages incorporate elements of yoga and acupuncture to balance the body’s out-of-whack energies; hot-stone massages take it a step further, combining Thai strokes with the soothing warmth of heated basalt stones. Among the modalities more commonly seen in a Western spa, sports massages help the body recover from injuries incurred while slam-dunking or arm-wrestling with the opposing team’s mascot.
Laura and her crew supplement their bodywork treatments with add-ons such as exfoliating foot scrubs and migraine therapy. After your appointment, visit the studio’s shop to stock up on unconventional beauty products such as goat's-milk soap and housemade sugar scrubs.
During the days of antiquity, artisans often recorded major cultural and historical events on the sides of their intricate pots. Although books and computers took over most of the archiving duties, the practice of painting ceramics as a means of commemoration continues today. At Kiln Pottery, shelves of uncolored pieces await the inspiration of local artists and artists-to-be. After grabbing the necessary supplies, guests add their touch to one of the hundreds of available pieces, including platters, mugs, and bowls. Those interested in building their own creations can opt for a class in hand building clay or pottery wheel throwing. A series of workshops focuses on specific projects, such as fusing glass night-lights, weaving clay baskets, or exploring where ceramic babies come from. Sessions are open to kids and adults, and can be reserved for groups or parties.
At EuroSpa, founder Veronika Moran, who was trained at both an aesthetics school and dermatology school in Hungary, draws upon 20 years of experience to beautify patrons with spa services that find her sprinkling clients with Éminence Organic products. The all-natural ingredients in this skincare line from Hungary are handpicked and mixed in small batches and combined with thermal hot-spring water. Veronika chose this line in order to give her clients a more upscale spa experience without requiring the staff to wear tuxedos.
This devotion to luxury is seen the spa's facials, which lavish skin with Hungarian moor mud and blueberry peels, body wraps, which cocoon guests in mint or chocolate, and makeup applications, which transform faces with Youngblood mineral cosmetics. It's also evident in the high-tech far-infrared sauna and the private rooms for mani-pedis.
The practitioners at Richfield Holistic Wellness work to free minds and bodies from the fetters of stress during treatments that marry conventional and holistic methodologies. When they aren't sharing the philosophy of Eastern wellness techniques during qi gong and reiki classes, they balance chakras, perform bio-meridian tests, and help expectant mothers stay fit both before and after their pregnancies. Practitioners also forge fitter frames and relieve burdensome emotions through nutrition counseling, chiropractic services, and psychic pulley systems. In order to help their clients intake harmony-enhancing fluids, they keep an array of healthy products on-hand, such as Zija energy and nutritional drinks and pure organic essential oils.