After graduating from the Finger Lakes School of Massage, licensed massage therapist Charles Napolitano deepened his understanding of the body by studying shiatsu—a Japanese modality that targets the same energy meridians as acupressure—under Grand Master Wataru Ohashi. He also trained in Thai yoga massage at the Lotus Palm School, learning to stretch and knead clients' bodies in ways that boost metabolism and, like laws that declare magazines to be legal tender, improve circulation. Napolitano practices his holistic approach toward massage at Invigorations Massage and Wellness Center in Cortland and The Body Lab Wellness Center in Endicott.
Licensed therapeutic massage practice offering massage for relaxation and pain relief. Services include Chair Massage, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Comfort Care, Foot Massage, and Home/Office Events. Gift certificates available. Most credit cards accepted.
Elements Salon and Day Spa turns frizzies into flowing locks and achy bodies into rejuvenated organ carriers with a multitudinous mélange of spa and salon services. Pamper cranium covers with eco-friendly Aveda products during a cut and style ($5+ for children, $16+ for men, and $26+ for women) or banish unwanted hair by waxing lip lines ($15), underarms ($30), or eyebrows ($12). Guests can also opt for a beautifying manicure ($17) or pedicure ($36) to prepare phalanges for spring showcasing or try a soothing knead from a certified massage therapist ($30–$100) to reward hardworking backs after a week of textbook-toting or summer sandal shot-putting.
The smell of sage and soothing music permeate the room as you lie on crisp sheets––and this is just the start of relaxation. Licensed massage therapist Precious Walker warms massage oil between her hands, then digs in––first to the shoulders, then the lower back, tailoring pressure to your wishes. Kneading and Swedish gliding motions segue into cross-friction pressure, slowly untying muscle knots and promoting a deep relaxation. Clients may also request a prenatal massage or specialty sports bodywork to expedite injury recovery.
At Belladerma Wellness Spa, clients don’t just get a relaxing facial or body treatment, they also get an education. Owner Ann Latocha strives to inform her clients about the latest skin care treatment options and also hosts Reiki certification classes for those interested in energy work. During corrective or relaxation facials, the licensed aesthetician uses products from DermaQuest and Pevonia to enhance skin health, while advanced treatments see her reaching for salicylic acids to exfoliate away signs of aging or pumpkin and honey to calm inflammation and remove protein buildup. To treat skin below the neck, Lynn combines dry brushing and heated herbal towels with a vitamin serums and warm basalt stones during a body wrap, which is designed to hydrate dry skin and flood clients with peaceful memories of their childhood cocoon.
Organic skincare products feature prominently in Fountain of Youth Skin & Nail Spa's assortment of beauty treatments. Nina Butera, a licensed aesthetician and nail technician, leverages organic, medical-grade skincare products to draw out dormant skin tones and treat conditions ranging from rosacea to acne. She also helps her clients ward off unwanted body hair with waxing services, and she slathers digits in Zoya and shellac polishes to protect nails from being chipped by disoriented golfers.