The steady-handed staff at Utopian Salon & Wellness employs its mitten fillers to amplify and preserve outer beauty through delicate massage and spa services. Facials and microdermabrasion treatments deeply de-grime mugs to impart a youthful glow, bolstering patrons' courage to finally audition for elementary-school versions of Fiddler on the Roof. Below the neck, body scrubs and wraps improve epidermal texture and appearance, waxing procedures strip unwanted scruff, and manicures transform digits into elegant talons. A menu of massages pamper statures with Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue modalities.
At the age of 18, Skin N Beyond owner and licensed aesthetician Suzanne Turi traded her pageant gowns for a makeup brush, moving to Hollywood to attend the Joe Blasco makeup school. After graduation, she found herself smack in the middle of major happenings, beautifying faces at events such as the Rose Bowl, the Oscars, and Morgan Freeman's fantasy baseball draft. Armed with know-how gleaned from The Dermal Institute in Manhattan and the Galen Institute School of Massage Therapy in Connecticut, she recruited a team of staffers versed and certified in multiple cosmetic disciplines to help her establish Skin N Beyond. That multifaceted expertise shows through today; as clients sip wine and listen to pop hits in the spa's trendy boutique-like lounge, team members execute beautification rituals ranging from manicures and seaweed gel masks to eyelash extensions, microdermabrasion, and medical-grade facial peels.
The expert stylists at Babelle Salon & Spa help guests perfect their look. Cuts and color treatments remake hairstyles, trimming away excess locks and dyeing strands to make hair more eye-catching. Nail services make fingers and toes just as fetching, smoothing away jagged edges and adding pops of bright color.
With the innovative Hypodermologie method, the aesthetic alchemists at Soleil Spa nudge natural processes into reverse by deploying biocompatible infrared light. During each approximately 50-minute treatment (a $130 value), waves of energy envelop facial features and seep into the skin, slightly and nearly painlessly boosting its temperature. The process makes faces feel silky smooth and years younger by rejuvenating aging tissues and elevating elastin and collagen production, like peeling open a banana to reveal the creamy mashed potatoes inside. By taking advantage of the body’s innate abilities, Hypodermologie gently stimulates skin and elasticity and helps rescue countenances from wrinkles, toxins, and unsightly reminders of a past lobster-wrestling career.
The trained and licensed massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage address health and stress-related conditions with gliding strokes and concentrated kneads. Their deft hands apply pressure to areas of discomfort to maximize joint flexibility and encourage the release of the body's natural supply of painkillers, which include serotonin, endorphins, and stevia. Massage can also assuage depression, speed healing form injuries, and bolster sleep quality.
Aesthetician and owner Elena uses her skills from training in Romania and more than 30 years working in Manhattan to help beautify clients’ skin at her elegant, European-styled spa. Marble-clad walls and chateau-evoking sconces set the stage for seaweed wraps and sea-salt scrubs that help tighten and invigorate skin, along with glycolic-acid treatments and facials. Her european facial does not involve tattoos of random French, German, and Spanish words; rather, it includes a steaming with chamomile herbs and a natural vegetable-peel exfoliant to leave skin glowing and more youthful.