Andrea Ignacio-Alves first began working in the beauty industry as a teenager—she even helped her mother open a spa in Brazil. Now with more than 20 years of professional experience, she continues to help clients by overseeing a team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Serena Day Spa. Traditional facials can cleanse and hydrate the skin, smoothing away blemishes and stimulating collagen production.
Although a quick pedicure can leave toes neatly trimmed and polished, the addition of orange aromatherapy oils or a peppermint foot bath can turn the treatment into an indulgent experience. Similarly, the massage therapists provide a brief escape by using therapeutic or relaxation-inducing modalities to alleviate the aches and pains caused by the everyday stresses. Serena Day Spa also hosts stylists, who can perform a basic trim and style or create a more dramatic look with highlights.
The trained and attentive staff at Glow Wellness Spa rejuvenates visitors six days a week. Backed by an arsenal of services, they zero in on needs from head to toe, including 10 different types of massages and hair treatments for both women and men. For shared refreshment and camaraderie amongst friends, the spa opens its doors for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and other special events, and its couples massage allows sweethearts to relax together even when their fingers are stuck in the same Chinese finger trap. The spacious, laid-back nature of the spa complements the pleasant effects of its services, especially in the Zen Relaxation Room and three private massage rooms.
After studying Thai massage for four years in the United States, Sandy Rabolli moved to Thailand to truly master the techniques. That dedication has led to more than 25 years of international clinical experience and a repertoire of modalities such as Swedish, craniosacral, and neuromuscular massage, with which Rabolli’s skilled hands can ease everything from neck, shoulder, and wallet pain to headaches, digestive problems, and sciatica. To this day, Rabolli continues to further her education, studying such subjects as myoskeletal techniques.
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.
The massage therapists at Rejuvenate Day Spa melt tense muscles with dexterous digits. Practitioners begin by lubricating lumbar with Biotone massage cream for smoother kneading and somersaulting through art-museum air ducts. During the bamboo massage, stalks of varying lengths and diameters assist fingers with deep-tissue work to promote improved circulation and sensory-nerve perception. Swedish techniques encourage relaxation, ease tension, and result in more delicate pancakes. A furnished rest area offers clients a place to recuperate after each session.
While other young girls were out playing in the streets of her native Bangladesh, Sabrina Khan crouched over a pot of fruit, herbs, and spices. At the age of 10, she was already busy formulating the kinds of skin remedies that would later serve as the focal point of her spa in the United States.
Though she now has skincare down to a more exact science, much has stayed the same for Khan. As the owner of Victoria’s of New York Day Spa, she still relies on natural ingredients for her facial salves, which she pairs with ancient rituals designed to soothe the mind and body. Aside from Khan’s signature facials and nail services, the spa offers 10 distinct massage treatments designed to relieve severe tension, treat somatic dysfunction, and apply more therapeutic pressure to sore spots than a hug from a boa constructor.