Within a newly remodeled spa, licensed beauticians trim tresses, shellac nails with CND gel polish, wax away bits of bristle, and assuage tension with massage therapy. Flowers and live plants bloom from nearly every spring-green corner of the salon space and candlelit massage room, and staff members with 10–20 years of experience each coddle bodies and top crowns with the hairstyles of celebrity lions.
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.
New York magazine has saluted Nina's European Day Spa & Laser Center for its more than 35 years of "serious skin care" administered by "friendly aestheticians" with a keen eye for detail. In an elegant atmosphere that evokes the center's Russian roots, clients can find an array of skin- and body-care services, from organic body scrubs and massages to more than seven European-style facials.
With several decades as a dedicated laser center, the practice can shine away unwanted hairs or use LPG lipomassage technology to banish cellulite. In addition to laser hair removal, clients can recline as an aesthetician lets strands down easy with wax, thread, or tweezers, ensuring they will lead more fulfilling lives on their own.
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.
Named one of New York City’s 10 Best Nail Salons in 2010, Trevi Nails employs a crew of talented technicians who pamper hands and feet before polishing nails with Essie and OPI polishes. Behind 17 nail stations, which span two floors, staffers soften skin with paraffin dips, scrubs, and other personalized treatments, and aestheticians whisk away unwanted hair with face- and body-waxing services and artfully frame peepers with eyelash extensions. Customized massages with soothing lemon-infused products from Lemon Tree relax neck muscles sore from training mink to sit still on your shoulders.