Didi has a long history as a spa practitioner and has been at the helm of DiDi'Sparadise for more than a decade. At her space in Nassau County, she performs services focused on the skin and body. She cleanses faces with more than a dozen specialty facial treatments, including glycolic peels and diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatments and smoothes the rest of the body with full waxing services. Fourteen types of massages assuage sore muscles, and some also incorporate skincare techniques, such as the anticellulite leg massage and detoxifying massage with honey.
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.
Fire Island has long been recognized as an ideal retreat from the bustle of city life. The spa that shares its name is no different, thanks to a team of salon artists and spa technicians offering a wide assortment of beautifying and relaxing services.
After changing into plush cotton robes, guests can lose themselves in the aromas of botanical fragrances and the sounds of soothing music as aestheticians administer exfoliating facials or therapists relax tension with targeted massage strokes. The spa’s cozy wooden attic also hosts body treatments that remove toxins, assuage muscular aches, and clean out sand stuck between toes and vestigial tentacles. In a salon area, stylists draw on their experience and modern fashion sensibilities to cut and color hair or remove unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments.
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 2011 and 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus?stylists craft 'dos that reflect 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 is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
At ornate, wooden styling stations, Peter Alexandra Salon's designer and master stylists combine knowledge gleaned from continuing-education courses with their wealth of existing experiences. Setting clients before gilded mirrors, the staff enhances flirty bobs, flowing curls, and chic bald caps using sundry products from such lines as Unite Styling, Goldwell, and Liscio Thermal Straightening. Below-chin beauty services fill out Peter Alexandra's menu, which includes waxing, nailcare, and spray-tan services.
At Embrace Yoga Center, the instructors focus first on helping folks find self-acceptance. Rather than forcing people into traditional molds, yogis help everyone find their comfort level. That means offering classes that range from calm meditation to intensive vinyasa, or leading holistic counseling sessions. Along with yoga classes, the center offers massage therapy and hypnotherapy that helps participants overcome everything from nicotine addiction to a deep-rooted fear of swinging watches.