Pilates helped Regina Poblete not only get in shape after having a child, but also fight off postpartum depression by establishing a healthful physical routine. She wanted to share the exercise with others, so she sought certification ins Stott Pilates, a modernly modified form of the turn-of-the-century exercise. Having completed the intense requirements, she began teaching for Rx Pilates.
Regina teaches both classic mat and reformer classes. On the mat, she observes the central principles of the Stott method, keeping the rib cage, pelvis, scapula, and cervical spine in alignment while letting the breath flow. In class, she guides students in the use of some exercise-enhancing props, such as resistance bands and objects that can be reimagined as funny hats. The Stott reformer also boasts modifications that enhance the exercise form’s five alignment principles while students sit, kneel, and lay on its mobile platform.
The manicures at Young's Nail begin with relaxing techniques that culminate with traditional or gel polishes. The color-gel variety allows nails' natural color to show through the tints, and UV gel polishes cure in seconds under a special lamp. Both types of polishes eschew harsh chemicals and odors. While clients lounge in cushy, red massage chairs, feet prepare for their polish by soaking in warm water. Techs also lengthen lashes with extensions and relieve the body of wanted hair with waxing services.
Zebra-print chairs, Tiffany-style lamps, and oriental rugs pop against neon-green walls in the salon's hair and nails section, whereas lavender walls corral the private treatment rooms occupied by aestheticians and massage therapists. A slew of packages bundles treatments into multichapter beauty days with names such as "Blossom Lazy Day," "Blossom Luxe Day," and "Blossom All Over Me." In addition to facials, massages, and nailcare, the team at Blossom whitens smiles, tans skin with the sunbeams they harvest every day, and extends eyelashes.
Within Spoiled Diva Nail Spa, skilled nail technicians lavish fingertips and toe-tips with spa treatments and fresh coats of polish. The staff fetches a new set of emery boards, buffers, and disposable tools for each appointment to ensure everything is completely sanitary. In addition to regular coats of polish, they also offer CND Shellac, which leaves tips with a shiny finish that lasts for up to 14 days of regular harpsichord playing. On select nights after 5 p.m., the staff hosts special events complete with cocktails and snacks.
Inside Ritz Nail Spa, crisp-white walls contrast dark wooden floors, promoting an airy atmosphere fit for indulgent manicures and pedicures. To begin, nail techs guide clients to bubbly footbath stations where toes freshen up just in time for up-close interactions with trimming tools and files. Once the surface has been softened, soaked, exfoliated, and refreshed, the technicians conclude comprehensive sessions with coats of CND and OPI polish, both of which fight off chips like a sumo wrestler on a hunger strike.
Hovering above the shining floors and plush leather salon seats of Spring Nail Spa NY, a brightly lit ceiling is painted to mimic the lush blue hues of an afternoon sky, with sparse clouds dotting the mural framing a magnificent chandelier. Beneath this reminder of pleasant weather, nail technicians dote on customers with various manicures, pedicures, and waxing and threading services for areas such as eyebrows, bikini lines, and werewolf knees.