When clients enter Excelsior Nails & Day Spa on the bay, they meander past white manicure tables and climb upon modernly upholstered pedicure banquettes. In the full service spa and salon, a committed staff perform services such as skin treatments, waxing services, massages, nails, and body treatments. Skin treatments such as peels and microderms make use of Dermalogica products, which help improve fine lines and removes wrinkles. Massage therapists ply tense muscles with techniques drawn from Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology traditions.
Seasoned nail technicians place clients’ feet in an alabaster basin wrapped in stone, letting skin soften in the warm water before glazing feet with naturally derived elixirs such as a sugar scrub or marine mask. Extra touches augment most of the salon’s nail treatments: A hot-towel wrap cloaks hands during a spa manicure, and a hot-stone massage soothes achy arches during a signature deluxe pedicure. Nail techs can also perform long-lasting manicures powered by gel polishes or liquid gel artificial nails. The selection of nail treatments is not just for women—Excelsior’s staff regularly grooms the hands and feet of men and children.
Jamie Wiley of aafusion Spa Salon has packed a wealth of training into her five years of experience as a stylist. After earning her associate degree in cosmetology, she went on to train with Pureology, Redken, and Matrix. But, recently, she started educating others on behalf of Pureology, traveling around the country and focusing all her efforts on hair—just like an ‘80s rock star. Jamie's skills have particular sharpness in the areas of design cutting, formal finishing, and dimensional color.
Her full name is Empress Inshallah Tolbert Queen Amit. If her name evokes royalty, it’s because she gives her clients the royal treatment. Empress is a reiki master and massage therapist. Drawing on a massage-therapy degree from Anthem College, she offers a wide array of integrated healing services, which range from herbal therapy and energy healing to deep-tissue and hot-stone bodywork.
As a cancer survivor, massage therapist Barbara L. Elsenpeter sees her healing touch as more than just a way to unwind. While her menu of massage services undoubtedly leaves clients feeling pampered, she gears them to achieve a range of beneficial effects, such as greater energy, improved circulation, and enhanced immunity. Her specialty oncology massage is designed to help cancer patients control the aches and pains associated with their illness.
Relaxation permeates each treatment at Lontis Day Spa & Salon, be it the stress-relieving scalp massage that comes before a haircut or the indulgent kneading that accompanies all pedicures and facials. Even the signature massage gets a tranquil boost with the help of heated stones, steamed towels, and a custom body scrub. But in addition to relaxing clients, these treatments aim to beautify exteriors with high-quality products from brands such as Dermologica and Moroccanoil.
Massage Xcape's massage therapists practice a variety of massage modalities: they're skilled at prenatal, deep-tissue, and shiatsu techniques, for example. But their main specialty is Swedish relaxation massages designed to put the body and mind at ease. Patrons can also add on pampering details such as hot towels or soothing aromatherapy scents, or unwind in the Lexington Avenue location's sauna. As an added convenience, the practice holds extended evening hours.