The orange glow of a salt lamp softly illuminates the room as licensed massage therapist Andrew Kressel kneads organic, lavender-infused oil into his clients’ sore spots. He has been alleviating tension and pain for more than 15 years with massages customized to individual needs, myofascial therapy, and the Australian-born Bowenwork technique. Using the Bowenwork technique, he dispenses gentle strokes to lull the body into a deeply relaxed state, which can continue to develop throughout the following 10 days, much like a short game of Monopoly.
An ornate chandelier with dangling glass teardrops, an orchid plant with soft white petals, and a wall of tufted gold fabric greet guests as they step into Mist Nail Boutique and Day Spa. Patrons relax in modern, oversize square pedicure chairs with bolsters, pillows, and a teddy bear to cuddle. The sophistication continues in private rooms that host massages, facials, and azulene-waxing services, which work to minimize redness and irritation on sensitive skin.
Stressful things such as jobs and stress can transform your once-nimble muscles into rigid two-by-fours. A relaxation massage will relight your internal furnace and flexibilify your tense muscles. The benefits of massage are numerous and include stress reduction, pain relief, and an improved attitude toward Segway cops who don't use turn signals. After sixty slow-ticked minutes of massage, Hand & Stone’s friendly aestheticians will turn their attention towards the visage with a Signature Facial designed to cleanse, exfoliate, and renew. The facial also includes a neck and shoulder massage in addition to a therapeutic moisturizer, a combo that lulls guests into a state of deep, hypnotic relaxation akin to the after-effects of a magician's lullaby.
More than 30 years after its inception, Cactus Salon & Spa and its team of continually educated stylists have not lost their edge—they earned the Long Island Press's designation as Best Hair Salon and Best Day Spa in 2012. It's not surprising, then, that the salon has enjoyed such impressive growth over the years, with more than two dozen separate spa and salon locations.
Although hair is still the focus—stylists craft 'dos that reflect everyday ease or fashion-forward thinking—the repertoire has expanded to include everything from nail treatments and massages to permanent cosmetics and laser services. Since the roster is so broad, many clients take advantage of Cactus Club memberships, which give them the flexibility to try multiple services and products by deactivating the force fields between treatment rooms and granting a 33% discount on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Pierre Giovanni Spa's aestheticians can trace many of their skincare remedies back to one place: the ocean. That's because the restorative powers of seaweed enhance many of their treatments, from their body wraps to the Deluxe European 4-Layer Facial. During the latter, four layers of seaweed are laid across faces to help firm skin—a more advisable method than using liquid concrete as your morning lotion.
Not every service relies on seaweed however. Others employ products from brands such as Repêchage and Cures by Avancé, while an anti-aging facial incorporates marine clay, and a sinus relief facial uses peppermint and eucalyptus scents as decongesting aromatherapy. As these treatments would indicate, the staff puts an emphasis on personalization, striving to leave all skin types refreshed and clear. To that end, they often conduct a detailed analysis at the beginning of appointments to pinpoint the best facial for the client. They might also recommend add-ons, such as an exfoliating microdermabrasion or a soothing hot stone massage.
New Star Pink Nail’s soft-pink walls, flowing curtains, and lighted branches conjure an almost whimsical atmosphere, welcoming clients to escape the stresses of the outside world. Within the full-service nail salon, patrons dreamily sink into leather pedicure thrones or manicure chairs as nail technicians dote on their hands and feet. The staff further pampers guests with european facials, waxing services, and massage. An application of permanent makeup enhances eyes or lips, and remains runway ready whether you take a dip, endure inclement weather, or watch a marathon of Lassie.