The staff at Finger Lakes Spine & Body Works aims to improve patients on both the outside and inside. Chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists work to alleviate physical ailments that range from headaches to sciatica to insomnia. Their services include manual and instrument adjustments, herbs, and massages. A cosmetologist focuses on pampering bodies with mani-pedis and facials that use natural and non-toxic products.
When Michele Taber, a licensed cosmetologist of two decades, decided to open Meeshe’ Salon and Spa in her native county, the beautifier selected a waterfront Cayuga Lake location that exuded tranquility. Her salon and spa treatments transfer the natural serenity indoors with mani-pedis augmented by seaweed wraps and full-body scrubs that exfoliate with sea salt instead of the traditional tool, corrugated cardboard. A fleet of freshly updated tanning beds warm bodies to a beachy glow, and shears or wax rid bodies of excess hair.
The expert aestheticians at Exquisite Skincare and Waxing mollycoddle guests from the neck up with facials custom-fit to their skin types and strengthened with Dermalogica tonics and salves. The Dermalogica facial commences with a mapping that analyzes the face’s topography and plots the most direct bus route from the chin to the forehead. A skinsmith then double cleanses and exfoliates the visage, ridding it of stubborn makeup, dirt, and past-their-prime skin cells. Warm steam opens up pores before a gentle extraction, if necessary, whisks away blemish-causing bacteria from the face. The façade refurbishing continues with a customized mask and application of serums, toner, eye cream, and a hydrating moisturizer. A light facial massage concludes the pampering, transporting minds to places of relaxation—like a sandy beach or the inside of Paul Bunyan’s pillow. Exquisite Skincare ensconces visitors in a serene setting decked with lavender paint, glowing chandeliers, and fresh flowers.
Rooted in the ancient salt chambers of Eastern European, Salt Sanctuary helps heal the body through exposure to a sterile and unique microclimate. Guests spend a soothing spell in either the rustic salt cave or the modernly appointed salt room, breathing in a safe and non-allergenic atmosphere that helps ease the symptoms of allergies, respiratory illnesses, and skin conditions. Salt Sanctuary’s cave boasts heated floors, reclining chairs, and a soothing in-room sounds system while the salt room includes a coffered ceiling and decorative, Himalayan-salt finished walls.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ellis Smith believes that everyone can benefit from chiropractic care—he even extends his services to children, as some treatments may reduce the severity of allergies, asthma, and ADD. He realigns the spines of adult patients with adjustments or refers them to on-staff massage therapist Ayla Fialko, who gently works out muscular kinks. Fialko also provides body waxing out of Combined Chiropractic, enabling patients to look as smooth on the outside as they feel on the inside after a treatment.
At Stress Relief & Health Consultants, tension is public enemy No. 1: studies by the World Health Organization suggest that in addition to wreaking havoc on the mind, it may also prime the body for gastrointestinal disorders and ischemic heart disease. In this welcoming studio, caring staffers attack all stress-related baddies with therapeutic weapons including counseling, bodywork, aromatherapy, and fitness classes. Boot camps trample sluggishness with jumping jacks, pushups, and other high-intensity exercises that strengthen and condition the entire body. Massage therapy dissolves worry with soothing strokes that can untangle muscle knots and boost blood and lymph flow to promote healing. The studio also offers nutritional coaching, which helps clients to set achievable diet and fitness goals and tell the difference between a brownie and an overcooked broccoli floret.