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.
Polished FingerTips buffs the organ shields of urban warriors in a modern, tranquil retreat scented by aromatic breezes, infused with eclectic tunes, and elevated by unwinding whites and blues. Relax the senses with a complimentary cup of green tea as a friendly glamour guru dolls up hands with a long-lasting Shellac manicure. During the 45-minute treatment, each digit is precisely polished with a base, top, and color coat, which hardens underneath a UV lamp. Lasting up to two weeks without chipping or scratching, the tough Shellac exterior provides paws with a quick drying manicure that stays fresh longer than goat milk and can be easily removed in 10 minutes.
There is always someone at Mai Salon to warmly welcome clients in. When that welcoming feeling is combined with the salon's exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, the space gives off a feel that's at once intimate and professional. Here, licensed stylists cut fashion-forward styles for mostly repeat clients, though the salon makes a point to welcome walk-ins as well. Men and women mostly come to Mai for chic cuts and rich color services, not to mention specialty treatments such as Keratin straightening and relaxers. But hair isn't the end of the line for the team's abilities. They also do eyebrow threading, and Mai Nails—a separate nail studio next door—sends clients out the door with spa French pedicures and gel manicures.
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.
At Vero Cruz, spiritual healer and steadfast meditation expert Veronica Cruz seeks to help clients find mental and spiritual solace through meditation coaching and reiki. Her treatments are intended to ward off negative energy and imbue guests with a sense of calm.
Once you're escorted through Fontainebleau's immaculately upscale spa and are seated in a sleek throne worthy of a Federation starship bridge, the spa's adept emery boarders will treat your tootsies to a no-nonsense manicure and pedicure that clips, trims, shapes, and buffs nails to a super-shiny sheen. They'll also clean up the act of wayward cuticles and soothe angered skin with offerings of moisturizer, massages, supplications, and the sacrifice of a 1983 Buick Skylark.